Lenten Devotional-Day 22

Wednesday, March 11


Matthew 21: 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.


Matthew 26: 47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.


Mob of Weak Supporters and Staged Uprising


At this time of the church year, I get very perturbed by the “mob” mentality that was displayed on both Palm Sunday and following through that horrible week. The “Abernathy’s” of that day incited riots and demanded “Crucify Him!” More than likely, these mobs were made up of the same ignorant people who on the first Palm Sunday were waving palm branches and singing praises. Our present day “mob” members are hopefully more educated, but unfortunately, we see repeated actions where a few loud religious leaders take a bad situation, like Ferguson, MO. and attempt to work up the crowd into a destructive riot for their own glory or purposes. What if the Christian followers back then had spoken up early in these riot organizational meetings and let these “religious” leaders know that they did not have the support of the common people?  What would have happened at Pilate’s Court hearing, if there had also been chants of, “He is the Savior of the World!”?  Often, our silence on issues just amplifies the noise made by these radical individuals. Do Christians speak out against these present day firebrands who divert good people into bad mob situations?


Christians need to stand firm on their training, ethics, and faith. Silence is not a solution.  Peace at all costs? Intimidation? Giving up our hard-earned freedoms? Just because politically correct advocates don’t like to admit that certain groups and their actions are definitely counter-productive for the development of “on Earth as it is in Heaven” thinking. This passage from an old hymn, “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour” certainly applies now.


Merrill Bishop


Prayer: Grant us wisdom, grant us courage to speak out and let these radical leaders know that Christians will stand by their faith and Jesus’ teachings and not be intimidated by public sentiment that runs counter to this. Amen