Einstein’s Theory of Right & Wrong

Posted: August 22, 2013 by Dillon in Theology
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How often are we afraid to go against the norm?  It’s almost always easier to go along following the crowd than to be the odd man out.  But is that the type of person you want to be?  Is that the type of person you want to be remembered as?

When we are confronted with a challenge, an opportunity to make a choice, we automatically choose the path of the least resistance.  You can call it laziness if you’d like.  Part of it definitely comes from us being social creatures; we don’t like to do things that disturb the way things are set up.  As we stumble on taking the path of least resistance, we also take for granted that those around us generally do what’s right.  If something is wrong, then obviously all these other people wouldn’t be doing it…right?

I truly believe that deep down everyone knows right from wrong.  Paul says that we have the Law written on our hearts (Romans 2:15). Whether you call it the Law or your conscience, it boils down to the same idea: deep down we know what is right and what is wrong.  This brings us to two major questions.  How do we respond when faced with a choice, and what do we do to those who go against the group?

There is one glaring example in history of what is right being different than what is popular.  Matthew 21-23 really lay this out for us.  In what is known as the “Triumphal Entry,” Jesus is praised by Jerusalem for being the long awaited Messiah.

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)

All of the Jews (minus the Pharisees) are part of the crowd shouting praises at the true King.  We know that there were many who genuinely loved and followed Jesus.  But I can also say that some of the crowd was shouting because it was the popular thing to do.  If I was a Jew and I thought Jesus would drive out the Romans, of course I’d cheer!  As we go on we see a distinct change in attitude.

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. (Matthew 27:20)

Wow.  No matter what translation you look at, it says the priests and elders persuaded the crowd.  Think about it.  The Pharisees were able to persuade the crowd to kill the man that only days before they hailed as King.  Why?  Because they were going with what was popular, not what was right.

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Before Pilate (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

But the crowd didn’t stop there.  They began to shout, “Crucify! Crucify!”  How quickly our fickle minds can change.  But in this situation, did right and wrong change?  No.  The only thing that changed was the popular opinion.  Each and every citizen could know what they were doing was wrong, but they were swept up in mob mentality.

The thing about Jesus is that He liked to shake up the status quo.  The rest of us don’t like that so much.  Being humans, we prefer things to stay the way that they are.  The crowds loved Jesus when He said to love your neighbor, but when His truth started to disagree with what they were used to, divisions were made.

Jesus, the Word made flesh, was walking Truth.  When push came to shove, He didn’t abandon anything, because He was right.  What about you?  Are you following Jesus, the Truth, or following the crowd?  It can be easy to jump up and shout, “of course I’m following Jesus!”  Take a hard look at yourself.  On the day calling yourself a Christian is illegal, will you still be ready to take the name?  On the day when proclaiming the name of Jesus is punishable by death, will you stop?

Jesus was hung on a cross for committing no crime.  All He did was proclaim what was right.  When things started to turn ugly, would you have been in the crowd shouting crucify?

The most important decision you can make is whether you will follow what is popular…or what is right.

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