But I'm Right!
By Jeff Klick
Have you ever noticed how often we think we are right, only to find out later we are dead wrong? If you have not experienced this yet, you're probably not listening to the Lord! We all think we are right about almost everything. Our opinions are not opinions, but facts. If everyone would just see it my way we could all get along just fine....
What is true today was true in Jesus' day. This story is told of how denominations really started...
Some friends brought a blind man to Jesus to be healed. Jesus asked him "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" After the man answered yes, Jesus then gave them the formula to get blind eyes healed, "According to your faith will it be done to you," Jesus said. Then Jesus touched his eyes and they were opened. All those watching on "knew" how this eye healing stuff works. You say the formula and place your hands on his eyes. Thus, "The laying on of hands to heal blind people by the formula ministry" was birthed.
Some time later, other people brought another blind man to Jesus. Jesus gave them the formula of spitting on this man's eyes and placing His hands on him and the man's eyes were opened. Those who watched now knew the formula to open blind eyes. Thus, "The spitting in the eyes of blind people so they can be healed society" was birthed.
Still later, another blind man was brought to Jesus by another set of folks. Those watching saw "Spitting on the ground and making mud to heal eyes society" being birthed.
From this day on the three camps were at odds with each other. Camp A would say "The only proper way to heal blind eyes is by repeating the specific words of our Lord and placing your hands on the blind person's eyes." "No, no, no," says camp B, "The only spiritual way to heal blind eyes is by spitting on their eyes, any other way is of the devil." Camp C was shouting by this time, "You must spit on the ground, what kind of insensitive person would spit in the eyes of a poor blind person?" And the fighting has been going on for two thousand years...
Ridiculous, you say? That does not happen today, you say. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. All of us are in one of these three camps. It may not be how to heal blind eyes, but what about: Types of worship, TV standards, dating, types of education for our children, how we dress, speak, walk, use our spare time, how we minister, how we evangelize, how many children we may or may not have, where we go for vacation, how we spend our money, what type of house we live in, hair length, whether we like sports or not, how we pray, and the list could go on forever.
But, I'm right in my opinions and everyone else is entitled to it! When will we stop exceeding what is written in the Scripture and start obeying it instead? There are countless areas that we "judge" each other in which we have no business doing so. God is very creative and is not limited to our opinions of how someone else's life should be lived. We are commanded to love one another and leave the perfecting of one another to God.
When we can move to appreciating the differences in each other instead of criticizing them, we will be mature in Christ. Jesus was able to heal in many ways, and one was not right and the others wrong. Jesus was able to love a wide variety of people from all walks of life, they did not all have to be the same. The only requirement He gave was to follow Him and to love one another. We would all benefit by memorizing the following Scripture: Romans 14:4 - "Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Let's quit knocking the legs out from under each other by criticizing and putting each other down. Instead, let's help one another stand firm in the grace of our Lord Jesus until the day He returns to get us!! After all, there is more than one way to heal a blind man!