On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God. Luke 9:37-43
Talk about a quote from Jesus that fits today’s culture and this is a butte. Jesus has just come down from the mountain after the Transfiguration. Three of His disciples have witnessed it as well as Jesus talking to Moses and Elijah and hearing God the Father commend Jesus. What does Jesus walk into? He finds a father and his son who is possessed by a demon. At least nine of Jesus closest disciples have tried and failed to rid the son of the demon. Now these are the same disciples that Jesus had sent out to the villages and towns with the power to heal and power over demons. None of these men could help the son. They had lost faith in their abilities and gifts.
Throughout the New Testament we see Jesus’ frustration with the lack of faith shown by the disciples as well as the Jews in general. Here we have people who have direct personal contact with the Messiah and they constantly fail to recognize this fact. God being frustrated just doesn’t sound right does it. But remember that though Jesus is fully God He is also fully human.
Today we may have the excuse that Jesus no longer walks among us but we also have the completed Word of God as well as many other evidences for who Jesus is. We are without excuse for our unbelief. Which leads us to our generation. Too many people today feel like believing in God is wrong. They think we no longer need a God because people like Richard Dawkins tells them so. Since the 1960’s we have seen society fall deeper and deeper into a free for all where everyone is entitled to their own truths and no one is supposed to hold anyone accountable. We have become an “it’s not my fault” culture and look for someone else to blame.
I believe the root cause is the West’s distancing ourselves from God. We take prayer out of public discourse. We think all morality is situational. We take sin out of the equation. And the sad thing is that this is not happening in just society in general but in our churches. Pastors no longer talk about sin from the pulpit. We fool ourselves into believing that what God calls sin in the Bible no longer applies in our enlighten age. Meanwhile school shootings are a monthly occurrence. Not a day goes by a teacher or other trusted adult is accused of inappropriate relations with a child and the list goes on and on.
The more we try to take God out of our lives the worse off the world becomes. When Jesus talked about a faithless and twisted generation he was talking about first century Palestine but He could have just as well been talking about us.
Have a blessed day,