Luke 19 is often referred to as the Triumphal Entry. This is the part of Christ’s ministry where He tells His disciples to bring Him a young donkey that has never been ridden so that He may ride it into Jerusalem.
As He enters the City His disciples and an adoring crowd throw their cloaks on the ground for the donkey to walk upon. They shout “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” and also “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
This celebration by the people of Jerusalem was just too much for the Pharisees/politicians to bear. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus responds by saying “if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.”
The Pharisees go on to say in Chapter 20:2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things…who gave you this authority?”
Jesus replied, “I will ask you a question, Tell me John’s Baptism, was it from heaven or from men?”
The Pharisees were confounded because Jesus turned their question right around on them. They had to hold a focus group amongst themselves and strategize how to answer. They finally concluded by saying to Jesus “We don’t know where it was from.”
Jesus said to them “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
Many times we conservatives are attacked for taking a stand for morality. When questions come in we are often too quick to defend. We try to explain our position without letting the stupidity of the question permeate the air.
Jesus teaches us here in this example to do the opposite. His miracles and triumphal entry into Jerusalem are so obviously a revelation of God, regarding Christ’s divine nature, that He tells His critics; “even the rocks are ready to cry out the truth.”
The things we want, like liberty, freedom and opportunity are so enormously obvious they do not need explaining. From here on, when we are challenged by liberals for our beliefs, I think it is far better if we follow Jesus’ lead.
Here are a few turn around questions we can use when the darts start to fly at us.
- What is your definition of an abortion?
- So when in your opinion does life begin?
- What exactly is the origin of gay marriage?
- How does wealth redistribution help the economy?
- Where is the best place to put illegal immigrants?
- Can you elaborate on how apologizing stops terrorism?
- How much debt should we run-up?
I could go on for a while here but I think you see the point. We need to get radicals to come to grips with their own lame arguments or at least come to the conclusion that they don’t have any arguments at all.
Remember we are dealing with people in power who refuse to read anything that they vote against. (With regard to the Health Care Bill they did not even read what they voted for.) They simply care about one thing, and that is retaining power.
The symbolism of Jesus riding on the donkey that has never been ridden has been debated for years. Here are a few possible interpretations.
- Maybe the donkey symbolizes the critics. Their arguments are so weak against the Truth that Jesus can actually turn them around and ride them right into redemption.
- Maybe the fact that the donkey had never been ridden was a symbol that His political critics had never done anything useful, until of course the Truth sat on top of them.
This makes sense to me.