by Wally Fry
“ Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” John 12:42,43
We sure like to throw rocks at those lousy Pharisees, don’t we? We like to sit back and judge them for their legalism, hypocrisy and rejection. Here is the bad news; we can very much be them. Atheism, the simple lack of a belief in any god or gods, has been replaced by the New Atheism. Rather than simply resting in their state of disbelief, the New Atheists have a plan and an agenda; that plan is the eradication of faith in general and the Christian Faith in particular. The tools of this are mockery, name calling, cultural pressure and even legislation. They want to put us out of the Synagogue so to speak.
As non-believers, we fall prey to this pressure and reject Jesus ourselves. Even as saved children of God, we fall prey to this and wander away under the pressures of this world. We too love the praise of that world more than the praise of God.
Friends, Jesus has this. Some 2000 years ago God made Himself in the form of the man Jesus Christ and walked this Earth for the specific reason to save us from ourselves and offer us a place eternally with Him. Jesus IS God and has all the power of God. The praise and approval of men today may satisfy us at the moment, but our eyes need to be on the praise of God in the forever.