Monday, October 31, 2016
Listening to some of the political hype, one should be happy that Jesus isn’t running for an office. Any office! All it takes to ruin a candidate’s chance to win is to use something he said out of context (Matthew 26:65-66; 27:22-23; 40)! In reading Matthew 25, Jesus is making a point using 10 virgins. 5 are wise and the rest are foolish. The first 5 carry extra oil while waiting on the groom. The others did not. Both fell asleep. Neither group is referred to as “wise” or “foolish” because they weren’t “night owls.” At the bewitching hour of midnight, all were suddenly awaken. How quickly they wiped away the sleep isn’t revealed. They did wake up to make preparations to meet the groom.
In that day, street lights nor flashlights with batteries from the Energizing Bunny were available. Each virgin had a small oil lamp. Being small, extra oil was needed if burning time was extended. It was prolonged, making extra oil precious! Five were called “foolish”! Having no additional oil tagged them with that epitaph!
The five with depleting reserves asked the ones with the extra amount to share. The answer was “no” because all lamps could starve. Whether Jesus told this as an actual event or created it to make his point, truth would not exist in the reporting of today’s media! Jesus’ meaning would be lost in a circus of misapplication.
Headlines would scream, “Jesus extols stinginess,” or “The Galilean lacks compassion for the underdog”! Perhaps several commentator would inform us,
“Jesus has never been for the ‘little’ people! If you make one mistake, just one, he doesn’t know you (Matthew 25:12)! Do you want someone like that in office?”
Jesus would be portrayed as the meanest man on earth, having no compassion for his fellow man, and once in office would be deaf to the needs of any voter.
Someone made this comment concerning politics: “Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.”
In 1952, Adlai Stevenson remarked, “I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.”
Thankfully Jesus wasn’t running for political office, but he does love us and is concerned about our eternal welfare (Matthew 11:28-30; John 10:10b)!