“Who me, offended? That’s outrageous!”

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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently described his disillusionment with the Christian faith as a result of the “binary systems” it projects . Even though it may be culturally convenient to write off Christianity because of its exclusive claims to truth, right and wrong, as well as heaven and hell, one still has to reckon with the words of Jesus.

Jesus is the one who gives voice to an entire binary system: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)  The implication: some will hear and some will not.  Some people will be receptive and others will be stubborn.  Some people will humble themselves before God and others will resist, to their own peril.

Jesus then goes beyond these categories, calling out “this generation” for their childish response to spiritual truth:

[16] “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and                                calling to their playmates,  [17] “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’  [18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ [19] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:16-19 ESV)

Whether the truth about God and mankind’s need for repentance came from John the Baptist (who lived an isolated, ascetic life), or whether it came from Jesus (who mingled with sinners and reached out to lepers), the people were not satisfied with either.  Instead, they avoided truth and found fault with both Jesus and John the Baptist.

Is your heart ready to hear Christ’s message?  John the  Baptist had his own genuine doubts as he spent time in Herod’s prison.  Yet Jesus affirmed that John’s time had been fulfilled.  Set aside your doubts and your skepticism and listen to Christ’s words to you today.