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What to Do With the “Clever” People

My wife and daughter had the privilege to visit Israel. They described the orthodox Jews walking around in their black clothes. Walking down an alley they saw some men in their black clothes arguing with one another. Exactly like they did in the time of Jesus.

And that’s all they do the whole day long. They don’t work. The women have to keep things going and the government pays them an allowance to cover the rest. And worst of all, they are going in the wrong direction. All of it a waste of time.

Paul describes in detail how we should respond to similar people:

10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who  Clever were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:

The Cretans are liars from the womb, barking dogs, lazy bellies.

He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.

Through the years I’ve learnt not to confront such people, because they always know best and will do anything to prove you wrong. They don’t want to listen to you and simply try to force their opinion on you. Often you walk away more confused than ever.

Sometimes people like that can make you afraid, because they use fear to try and convince you. At times like that this song by JD and Melissa Helser keeps running through my head:

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

From my mother’s womb
You have chosen me.
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into a family
Your blood flows through my veins

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

I don’t have to be afraid of the “clever” people, because it’s not about words, but about Jesus who is my Saviour.

Scripture
Titus 1:10-16

Reflection
Do some people make you afraid with their words?
Do you believe that Jesus’ salvation is sufficient for you?
How can you live it?

 

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