The Unfair Dishonesty of Unbelief

In Matthew 11, Jesus was confronted by the unbelief of many. John the Baptist had questions, doubts, and fears. And while Jesus could send comforting words to John, not all around him were willing to hear him or believe his words or his miracles.


Matthew 11:16-19 – 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

17 “ ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”


Jesus compares the people around him to children. They try to play a happy game, but people complain that the game is too happy. They try to play a sad game, but people complain that the game is not happy enough. And in that illustration, Jesus shows the dishonesty of unbelief.


You see, many who do not want to follow God will tell us that they do not want to submit to someone who would ever judge evil. That is, of course, until something they do not like happens. Then they say that they do not wish to follow God because he did not judge or prevent the evil thing that bothers them. Which is it? Do you want God to actually judge sin, or not? Do you want a God who will only judge the sins that offend you? That, dear friends, is not you wanting God to be different. Instead, that is you wanting to sit on the throne of God.


The Bible reveals to us the true God who created the universe. The Scriptures show us Jesus, God the Son, the only way that any of us can be right with our Creator. We should recognize that, in truth, it does not matter if we understand or even approve of all of God’s ways. He is greater than us anyway. But we should instead be willing to submit to the perfections and the holiness of the God who made us, whose ways are not ours, and who has all right to judge.