There one thing I’m very good at doing: being ridiculous. I sometimes like to say weird things, or do weird things, just to see what will happen. I’m not going to lie… it’s kind of fun. However, there are times when followers of Christ – good people with good hearts – are just ridiculous.

As I lay in bed tonight with a high fever and cold chills, wearing my full-length Batman onesie (see – ridiculous), there is some kind of debate going on between Ken Ham and Bill Nye on the merits, or lack thereof, of creationism as a form of science, or something along those lines. Apparently it’s on television… because some people put their ridiculousness on display for all to see.

Here’s my question: why? What is the point of televising this debate – or even having it? Is there someone out there who is still on the fence? Is there someone who is distant from God that will draw closer because they watched it? Is God being glorified by this debate? I’m guessing the answer to all of those questions is: NO.

Sometimes, we lose sight of what really matters. We turn minors into majors, and drive people away. We see this in today’s reading in Matthew.

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. (Matthew 12:9-14 NIV)

The Pharisees were more concerned with their interpretation of Scripture being right than they were with the person being healed. We forget, sometimes, that our faith is about bringing people to wholeness through Christ, not about being right all the time.

Let’s learn an important lesson here: it’s about people. Anything less is just ridiculous.

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