A dangerous fascination with the unusual!
Acts 28:6 “The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.”
People will either demonise you or worship you.
They will condemn you or elevate you.
They will expect the worst or conclude you are perfect.
People are not content living in the average, or the normal, the pendulum has to swing wide for them. To see the unusual they are willing to wait, even for a long time, the miracles, signs and wonders, the dramatic is worth waiting for.
But boredom soon changes minds. The usual stays and the mind cannot cope. So we reinvent our thinking, we let go of our last conclusion and we create a new one which is equally as exciting. This is not a murderer after all, this is a god!
If leaders lead in to this they will attract the followers, for a time.
If preachers preach this way, they will receive responses, for a time.
But discipleship and spiritual health are determined when nothing unusual takes place. Maturity grows when the pendulum isn’t swinging so wide. Maturity is appreciated in the non-exciting times when men/women are neither the devil incarnate nor worshipped as gods. The problem is people will sacrifice all that for the pursuit of the unusual. Yet we live in the usual, it is meant to be that way. Be careful with what fascinates you.