John Branyan has an odd, but delightful sense of humor. Therefore, from time-to-time I check out his blog. His latest post well illustratrates his excellent sarcasm.
Have you ever happened upon a child crying in the grocery store? It breaks your heart, doesn’t it? Compassion demands that you try to help.
“What’s wrong?” you ask gently.
“I’m lost,” the child sobs.
“No you’re not,” you reply with a smile.
The child, looks up at you through tear filled eyes and wails, “Yes I am!”
“No you are not,” you say gently, but firmly. “You are a beautiful little girl! You are powerful and worthy of respect!”
She sniffles and replies, “But I can’t find my mommy!”
“Your Mommy loves you very much,” you exclaim. “Don’t let anyone tell you that she doesn’t!”
The girl begins to cry again.
You hold up a hand and say, “I’m going to tell you a secret. I’ve been lost too. Really! I’m not better than you! Everybody gets lost sometimes!”
The girl wails loudly, “I just want my Mommy!”Continued here, How to Be Unhelpful Without Feeling Guilty – John Branyan
Guilt is a horrible thing. When we feel guilty, we tear apart the pride we want to feel in ourselves. We feel shame we inflict upon our self. Sometimes we inflict that guilt rightly. Sometimes we feel guilty just for surviving when someone else dies. Because we are emotional creatures, our guilt is not always rational. Neither is our pride.
What is the point of Branyan’s sarcasm? When we behave as Pagans do, we can go to irrational lengths avoid guilt and elevate our pride in our self. Jesus discribed the problem this way.
Why sarcasm against love? Isn’t love wonderful? Isn’t Branyan ridiculing a choice we make? Why would we behave like Pagans? What makes a Pagan blind? Why would a Pagan want to be blind?
A Holy God is scary. Hence, we crave the security of idols of OUR OWN MAKING.
Anything we want can be our idol. Even love can be an idol. We can pay lipservice to love, make love work for us by loving legalistically (What Is Legalism? Definition and Examples (christianity.com)). When we make love our idol, we don’t have to suffer the pain that comes from truly loving another person.
The Apostle Paul wrote about idols many years ago, Romans 1:18-32 NASB – Unbelief and Its Consequences – Bible Gateway. Jesus, when He condemned the Pharisees, spoke a similiar problem, Matthew 23 NASB – Hypocrisy Exposed – Then Jesus spoke to – Bible Gateway, for many of the Pharisees, pridefully striving to save themselves by legalistically obeying the Law instead of turning in faith to God, had made Old Testament Law their idol.