48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled. 51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him,52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.
St. Mark 14:48-52
When all twelve of the disciples had bailed on Christ one young man followed. Anyone else been feeling like everyone’s bailing lately? Anyone feeling like the young man? Alone and vulnerable?
In the last few months I’ve been saddened over pastors I had admired and grown under throwing in the cloth for the flesh. A woman I had considered a mentor and another woman who leads children in praise music recently celebrated the supreme courts decision on social media.
I’ve sat in an arena with thousands of people while the lead singer of a popular contemporary christian band told the crowd we are boxing Gods grace in when we decide that sin matters. I hoped he had misspoken but when that band was the entertainment for a major women’s conference a few months later I got to listen to the same speech word for word again.
I’ve watched some who lead our children’s ministries decide their marriage is optional.
I’ve experienced a member of the church encouraging political decisions based on monetary gain that he refers to as our best interest, rather than our true best interest which is our eternal interest… the whole wide worlds eternal interest.
It seems that old saying, which has no biblical basis by the way, “too heavenly minded to be any earthly good” has been flipped. It seems we are too earthly minded to be any heavenly good. That does have biblical basis by the way.
So now our choice is this. Do we drop the cloth and run away now? Do we decide that because someone we love would be offended or because insurance is expensive or because our bank account would be more comfortable that we are willing to bail on Christ? Here’s the thing, the young man escaped with his life but not his dignity. We may keep our dignity but lose life.
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12