January 21st 2016
Do People Accuse You Of Being “Mad” For The Truth?
And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. (Acts 26:24-25 KJV)
Festus listened as King Agrippa allowed Paul time to speak to defend himself. Festus succinctly interrupted Paul accusing him of being crazy or mentally mad, painting him in the worst possible light, accusing him of breaking laws, and distorting the truth. Festus blamed Paul’s greater learning for messing up his thinking. This might be a reference to Paul learning at the feet of Gamaliel who was a teacher of the law.
Paul instantly responded back with all seriousness, continuing to speak the whole counsel of Truth assuring Festus and the others assembled that he was solid and sound in his mind.
The same thing happens to people today who dare speak out publically professing Truths of God.
The opinion of those aligned with the god of this world, whether they be private citizens or public officials, or leaders, often choose to make it appear as though those who are living bold for Christ are “crazy Christians” or “Bible Thumpers” rather than righteous representatives for God who are dishing out precious Truth from His Word.
God’s Word says:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
God’s Word plainly states those who are aligned with Him have been given His supernatural power, love, and a sound mind, despite opposing and often popular opinions of those aligned with the god of this world.