Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Matthew 12 : 22 – 24

This is a new line of attack. We’ve seen the disapproving Pharisees accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath, being a drunk and a glutton, and now he’s being accused of being a servant of the Prince of Demons! It’s clear that by this point Jesus’ critics are clutching at straws.

As humans we like to think of ourselves as rational free-thinkers who weigh up the facts and come to a  reasoned conclusion. In reality what often happens is we start with an opinion and then later come up with justifications for it to make it seem reasonable. All of us are susceptible to this. These Pharisees had already decided this upstart preacher from Galilee was no good, so they concocted ever more ridiculous arguments to justify their prejudice.

It takes humility to recognise when your opinion is based on biases not reality, and even more to admit to others you were wrong. But that is why humility is so important. A proud person will just keep digging themselves a deeper hole, but a humble person can break the cycle and make a change.

Prayer: Forgiving God, more often than I’d like I make assumptions and jump to conclusions. For that I am truly sorry. help me to recognise my mistakes and approach the world with an open mind and open heart.

Action: Next time you want to condemn someone take a moment to think is this reasonable, or am I just confirming my own biases?

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