Read John 7
Focus on verse 12-13
Every so often a person comes along who leaves a trail of controversy wherever they go. It would seem that presidential nominee Donald Trump is such a person. Wherever he goes, controversy follows him; something he said, something he did, something someone said about him, something he tweeted, the list could go on. Perhaps it is because he is now more in the limelight than He has ever been before that there is much muttering about him in the media and among the people. Some people support him, others despise him; while some hold him to be the one who will save America from further destruction by the progressive agenda of Hillary Clinton, other believe that if he is elected he will be the cause of the destruction of America. Seems either way we the people end up the losers.
In today’s reading John records how Jesus stirred up controversy amongst the political elites of His day.
And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray. Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.” (v. 12-13)
Apparently controversy followed Jesus nearly everywhere He went as well, but please do not assume from this that I am in any way raising Donald Trump to the level of Jesus. I am simply pointing out that they both seemed to leave a trail of controversy in their wake. They both also seemed to have a knack for upsetting the political establishment of their day. In Jesus case it ended up getting Him killed – which was part of the plan, as was His resurrection three days later. In Trump’s case I certainly hope it will not have a similar result, though if it did I would not be entirely surprised. It is frightening to me as I observe the level of hatred and vitriol that seems to go in both directions as Election Day draws nearer. I sincerely hope that after it is over we can go back to just being regular people who get along again.
I also wonder how many people in America may be in the position as described in verse thirteen…”Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.” In this case people are not afraid of the Jews, but who were the Jews? They were the establishment. There are plenty of people who do not want to risk upsetting the establishment to their face, but beauty of the freedom we still experience in this country is that come Election Day, they are free to vote for a candidate they secretly support.