The weird world of unbelief. Acts 4:15-20:
15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 ‘What are we going to do with these men?’ they asked. ‘Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.’18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ NIV
A story is told about a man who was totally convinced that he was dead. He was taken to see various health professionals, but no-one could persuade him otherwise; he was dead and he knew it. Eventually, someone managed to persuade him to admit that dead men don’t bleed. Immediately, they took a pin and pricked his finger. As soon as the blood began to seep out, this man looked horrified and exclaimed, ‘So dead men do bleed after all!!’ There is a strange logic to unbelief. When it cannot deny the evidence, it tries to bury it, one way or another; to prevent its spread; to ‘’suppress’’ it (Romans 1:18). This is not the Sherlock Holmes method! Holmes would meticulously follow the evidence to see where it leads – wherever that may be. I venture to suggest that we will not face any situation in life the Bible does not cover in some form. God’s Word would say to us that no matter how clearly, powerfully and bravely we speak about Jesus, there will be those who are so blind that they will not see. This should not surprise us.
By the way, you should live as a good citizen of the nation God has put you in, and obey the laws of the land. But if such obedience such ever entail disobeying God, then our duty is clear (20). We have to choose God over men every time.
One final thing, every Christian with a full to bursting heart will understand (20). Out of the overflow of the heart…