Today’s Villain, Tomorrow’s Hero?
Posted on July 9, 2013
Matthew 10:24-25 states, “ A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!” This is a fascinating passage. Go back and re-read it and focus on the last sentence in the passage.
What is Jesus getting at? What is He predicting? It appears that Jesus acknowledges the accusation lobbed at him. And that accusation, that He was demonized, would be the same the same missile aimed at us, those who follow Jesus. Astounding. I honestly don’t have much insight to this passage, but after studying it, I was deeply affected by the implication.
In short it appears Jesus is saying a genuine move of God will be accused of being a false move of God. And if you look at church history we clearly see that play out. Pentecost and the early church, the Reformation, and Azusa Street to name just a few had their fair share of resistance. It’s amazing to me when you look at church history and you see people from the past becoming hero’s who were seen as villains in their day.
What really made me think when I read this verse is, who is experiencing this accusation today, that may be seen as a hero of the faith in 100 years? I’m not suggesting that every movement that is scrutinized and resisted automatically qualifies as genuine, but I’m simply confronted with the words of Jesus that if He, as God, was labeled demonic, so will genuine believers who follow in His footsteps. In fact the actual statement is, ‘how much more (accused of being false) will the members of his household.’
My hope in this post is that you would investigate what someone is accused of for yourself. Search the Scriptures for yourself, don’t just go with popular opinion on a subject or an individual. Sometimes popular opinion is correct and sometimes it is incorrect. Wrestling with the Scripture for ourselves, allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate the truth in His word, and having others to work it out with are great boundaries to possess in navigating these issues. Here’s to being a Berean!