Jesus in the Viral Spotlight
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
MARK 3, 1-6 (NIV)
Imagine that a scene from the Gospel of Mark is being broadcasted live on the Internet. Jesus enters the synagogue, and a man with a withered hand asks for help. In the background, you can hear whispers and the clicking of smartphones. The Pharisees, with phones in their hands, watch every move of Jesus, ready to criticize. In our world, where every gesture and word can go viral, would we have the courage, like Jesus, to act according to our conscience, even at the cost of our "online reputation"?