“Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. But some of them said, ‘By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.’ Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: ‘Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, “I will return to the house I left.” When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.’ As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” Luke 11:14-28
“Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute.” His critics watched and spoke. They thought they knew what was going on, but they had it completely wrong. They had the audacity to call the good, evil. On other occasions they called evil, good. Our culture is no different. Today people are calling good, evil, and evil, good. So how do we recognize the difference? What is the benchmark? The world is demanding their rights with the attitude that we determine for ourselves the definition of good and bad. The refrain has become, “As long as I don’t hurt anyone else, what is good for me is good enough.” But keep in mind, sin never affects only our lives. It carries an outbreak in its grasp. Just like a virus can infect the globe, sin that is embraced affects our world. There is only one benchmark…the Word of God. It clearly outlines what is good and what is bad. Yes, we all miss that mark but that is so different from embracing the “rights” of our culture and demanding that they become accepted. It means that we must study the Word of God. It is not the preacher’s job, small group leader’s job, Bible study teacher’s job to feed us. It is our job. Yes, they add to our understanding, but nearly all of us have Bibles in our homes. There is no more important Book to study. Pull it off the shelf and begin to find the righteous standards that we have been called to pursue. It is not okay to let the culture infect us. It is our job to impact the culture. We will be held accountable if we hold the truth in our hands and silently stand by, letting the world trade the truth for a lie. Silence is not golden. Silence is deadly.