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Lincoln_rosesAs the historical narrative contained in John 9 unfolds, we find Jesus once again moved to compassion and giving a life a new opportunity to serve and worship God. The blind man Jesus helps on the Sabbath wants to give God praise (v24), but even this statement misses the whole point. It is God who healed the man. The Pharisees want the man to point to God, and the man wants to show compassion to the man who gave him sight, he wants no part in the political rhetoric convicting Jesus or feeding the Pharisees passion to do so. He simply says, “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”

How often do we press our agenda and forget to listen to the real problem at hand? This is the Pharisees continuing problem. All to often we try to get on a train that is headed in a different direction than we they need to go. Sometimes we don’t even look at the signs and do not see that we’re on the wrong subway platform altogether. We are not willing to step back from the train, move up the stairs, go back to the schedule boards, re-identify the train we are supposed to be on and get to the right place in order to…get to the right place. There are times when all the greatest tactics in the world can be employed however, without an overarching successful strategic objective there is no success.

The overarching  strategic objective for Christians should be to display Christ in our lives. We should display Christ in our lives even in the face of being targeted directly by evil or individuals being used as tools of evil. The challenge is to show compassion as Christ shows compassion. The challenge is to speak the truth in love, but speak truth that is not in itself unloving.

We always have a choice to speak truth, color truth or blatantly lie. We equally have a choice to speak truths that we emphatically know, or represent other truths we do not clearly understand. In John 9:25 we find a simple man providing the simple truth that we should appreciate. He says simply, I was blind, now I see…that is what I know. Sometimes Christians would be better served by just saying, “I am a sinner, I was condemned now I’m saved; that’s all I know.” Sometimes we are better served by saying, “I once was lost, now I’m found; that’s all I know.” Sometimes we are better served by saying, “I don’t have a deep theological answer, or all the answers, I only know what God through Christ has done in my life.”

People sometimes want think they know deep theology or want to hear what they think the world has decided is deep theology; this empowers them, bows to a pseudo intellectual thought, thought absent scriptural depth. Salvation is simple at its root, Jesus. Sometimes it’s just simply what you personally know Jesus did for you, nothing more complicated than that.