Sincere Seeker or Stubborn Skeptic

“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Matthew 21:27)

In my line of work, I often meet two kinds of people: sincere seekers and stubborn skeptics. Learning from Jesus, my master, I found the best way to deal with them.

Sincere seekers and stubborn skeptics ask basically the same questions. But here lies their difference: The former seeks the truth. The latter picks a fight.

Sincere seekers are those who are truly hungry for the truth about God. Searching for peace. Hungry for enlightenment. Thirsting for wisdom.  

Stubborn skeptics, on the other hand, simply want to pin you down. They do not care about the truth. They only care about shutting you out. They pry. They query. They ask. All for the purpose of making you look bad.

From the Gospel today, we see Jesus showing us how we deal with stubborn skeptics. Jesus loves to answer the queries of sincere seekers. The rich young man got his answer. The woman at the well had her thirst quenched. Nicodemus went home fulfilled. But when it comes to stubborn skeptics, Jesus will not waste his time.

In today’s Gospel, the chief priests and elders came to him not so much to get the truth but to set a trap. They wanted to pin Jesus down. They wanted to corner him. Embarrass him. Shame him. That was probably why Jesus said what he said:

“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Matthew 21:27)

Instead of engaging them in a debate, Jesus simply brushed them aside. Not because he didn’t care about them. But because they didn’t care about the truth.

My friend, I want to ask you on levels:

1. First Level – Are a sincere seeker or a stubborn skeptic? Remember, if you are the former, you will be satisfied. If you are the latter, you will miss the truth.

2. Second Level – When people confront you with your faith, do you answer them right away or do you first see if the person is really sincere in knowing the truth? If the person is not after the truth, then I suggest you do what Jesus did: he refused to engage them in a fight.

Choose your battles. God did. Go and do the same.

I remain, in Christ,

Bobby Q.

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