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Be Willing to be Open-minded, Under the Holy Spirit

Take a step down from your judge's seat and walk around the courtroom a bit.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:64, ” ‘You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?’ And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. “

Background

Do you still read the newspaper? If so, if you are one of those who actually holds a piece of paper in their hands with news printed on it, then you are part of a shrinking population. If not, you probably still get your information from somewhere, it’s just not mass produced the night before and delivered to your home. But when you get your news, whatever it might be, whenever it might be, why do you get it? What leads you to seek out the particular news and information that you desire? Why, for example, do you watch a certain news channel and not the others? Why do you read certain journalists and reporters to the exclusion of others? Modern social psychology would say that you choose your sources because they most closely align with your ideals and beliefs, and even your pre-conceived notions on a certain topic or topics. Psychologists call this the Selective Exposure Theory. Simply stated, it claims that people prefer information that reinforces and conforms to their pre-existent views. On a deeper level, it goes to explaining why we are so bent on keeping and defending our position on an issue, even in light of convincing or even overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Application

It’s safe to say that you feel strongly about some things, perhaps even as strongly as the High Priest and Sanhedrin felt about Jesus’ apparent blasphemy. Likewise, there are an endless number of things that you care much less about. But I wonder if we have the right things on the right list. I wonder if the things that we yell and scream about, that would be deserving of death in our courts, are those that are found on God’s list. I wonder if we are surrounded with evidence that would convince everyone but our self, but we can’t see it. I wonder if we are giving a pass to things that have a Holy God wringing His hands and rending His clothes over. You have heard the news. What do you think?

Charge

As we seek Him today, take a step down from your judge’s seat and walk around the courtroom a bit. Look at things from angles you have never considered, and see if there isn’t something that you haven’t seen before.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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