ABUSIVE

Matthew 24:
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 


Most people can point to a past history with some black marks. Lindsay Lohan said, “I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible - but that's what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes.”[1]

As we get older, there is a growing awareness that sin is a young man’s game. It’s not that we have figured out how to stop sinning; it’s just that we think more about what it costs us.

In fact, some people are resistant to God’s grace and save his or her best sinning for old age. In Jesus’ hypothetical scene, a man has stopped living with a sense of responsibility to the Lord’s return.

Trying to be patient and loyal has become all too familiar and he thinks, “When do I get to let off some steam? When do I get to be happy? Why do I have to take everything so seriously? I cannot live forever for a god that never shows up.”

Now he may not actually say these words, but he sits in a church that seems to echo his loneliness and remains in a marriage that bores him. He starts to feel stuck and disconnected—the perfect storm for wannabe sinners.

Jesus sees where disappointed followers end up. First, they become abusive—they take out their anger and resentment on people that they should care about. They beat people up—physically, emotionally and/or mentally.

Their sense of disappointment in others and self-loathing seeks comfort in a bottle—or a genie in a bottle—or the company of other infidels.

It gets worse if the disappointed man or woman holds a position of respect and trust in the community.

Matthew Henry said,


Drunkenness is a leading wickedness; they who are slaves to that, are never masters of themselves in any thing else. The persecutors of God’s people have commonly been the most vicious and immoral men. Persecuting consciences, whatever the pretensions be, are commonly the most profligate and debauched consciences. What will not they be drunk with, that will be drunk with the blood of the saints? Well, this is the description of a wicked minister, who yet may have the common gifts of learning and utterance above others; and, as hath been said of some, may preach so well in the pulpit, that it is a pity he should ever come out, and yet live so ill out of the pulpit, that it is a pity he should ever come in.[2]



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