The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” -John 10:19-21 NRSV
I think that we have always had a tendency to mock what we do not understand. Modern Pentecostals are sometimes derided for their belief in spiritual gifts. Folks who disagree with other believers sometimes call them heretics. And here some Jews called Jesus crazy and demonized. Yet standing before them was a man who only did good to people.
I think that we would do well to learn from this passage. Perhaps we could focus more on the spiritual fruit in a person's life rather than our theological differences? Instead of holding conferences that focus on our disagreements maybe we should find ways to inspire each other to love and good works? In the end, what we say about others is our choice.
Teach us Lord to see past our differences and find Jesus in each other.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.