There’s no pleasing some people
Luke 7: 31-35
Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: “‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
There’s no pleasing people is there?
Some people get what they want and then when they have what they wanted they don’t like what they have been given.
Some people criticise last week’s sermon because it was too heavy and today they will go home and criticise it for being too light.
Jesus had the same problem!
John the Baptist, the ascetic, coming out of the wilderness with his message of repentance and turning from sin, but they didn’t like it. He sang a dirge, but they did not cry. They did not respond to this message. This was not what they wanted.
Jesus came and the first miracle he does is turning water into wine at a wedding. He loves a party! He welcomes sinners. He eats with tax-collectors. He played dance music, but they didn’t dance.
The Pharisees are like the children who sit there who cannot be pleased.
They are fault-finders.
They don’t realise that wisdom is in taking the dirge and the dance as a whole. Both are needed. Both should be accepted. Stop being opinionated.