A woman said in The Age recently week, ‘If you are receiving death threats, it’s probably because you said something really important.’
Truth liberates, undoes bonds, releases potential and empowers people to become who they really are. The punishment of a gaol is that it shuts down a person’s humanity. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would set captives free and Jesus used the same words when He began His public ministry. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free’ Luke 4.18.
HOSTILITY TO LIFE
Liberation from lies is not always met with acclaim. Jesus was condemned to the cross for being life and setting captives free. Yet it was His murder that resulted from this very obtuseness that resulted in the release of all who would believe.
Humbug multiplies when it sets itself to subvert the truth. Prior to the American Civil War some argued that slavery was good for slaves. People can do the same today about coal. While not so blatant, the effect is the same. They argue that the law and the old covenant is good for workers and slaves who are the sons of the slave woman.
We can use convoluted arguments to preserve the status quo. Particularly when it is our status that concerns us. Some will urge that the telling of the truth is abusing them. Other will assert that it is not the true gospel, because they are so immunised by their ‘other gospel’ that they BLIND MEN TALKING. Others will allege they are being persecuted – when it is their flesh that is being crucified and the Lord is doing them a favour. I have known leaders who get upset when some truth teller unsettles the prevailing coma by demolishing the ‘other gospel’ that has embedded his flock in a coma of deceit. They are out to preserve their cocoon at any cost.
They would rather maintain the current order than risk the death and resurrection that brings life. Anything to avoid real rebirth.
JAILERS SET FREE
This reminds one of the earthquake that released the unjustly imprisoned Paul and Silas. Paul shouted, ‘Stop, don’t kill yourselves!’ Jailers often fear they will lose their lives when Believers enter the freedom that is theirs. But the truth is that many jailers get set free themselves!
Baxter Kruger writes, “The horrible thing about being spiritually blind is that you don’t know that you cannot see properly, and you cling to your way of seeing with a vengeance. You defend your darkened understanding as if it is the only truth in the universe. For to you it is. Anything else is inconceivable.” (1)
Don’t be among those whose eyes cannot see and ears cannot hear because you choose to.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 368-371). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.