allowing evil is not alright

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Luke 6:6-11

Luk 6:6 On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered.
Luk 6:7 The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse him.
Luk 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there.
Luk 6:9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it alright to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?”
Luk 6:10 After looking around at them all, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored.
Luk 6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus.

allowing evil is not alright

The experts in religious tradition were not at all interested in helping this deformed man be whole again. They were only interested in keeping their traditions, and preventing Jesus from upsetting their system. Jesus stopped before healing this man and looked around at each one of them — into their hearts. He exposed their hypocrisy.

My question today is: Am I as interested in helping people out of their bondage and mistakes and pain as Jesus is? Or, am I just interested in maintaining my traditions? When we see evil happening all around us, and we just pick an enemy or two to condemn, we are guilty of the same shortsightedness as these religious experts were. Allowing evil to continue is not alright.

LORD, show us how to overcome evil in our world today.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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