In this week's Bible reading from Mark 10:46-52, Jesus and the disciples arrived in Jericho. And then they left. Who knows what they did while they were there. Whatever it was, it led to large crowds following them as they left. And as they left, Jesus had one more thing to do.
Bartimaeus needed to be healed. He wasn't at all meek about his request. He shouted it at the top of his lungs. "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
The crowd kept trying to shut Bartimaeus up. They "sternly ordered him to be quiet."
Yes. Sternly telling a determined person to quiet down always does just that.
"Pipe down, sir"
"Why don't you pipe down -- Bossypants McGee!"
"You either be quiet or I'll make you be quiet!"
"Yeah? Go ahead! Just TRY to shut me up. And while you're at it, why don't you mind your own business?!"
“Blah blah blah” "Mutter mutter mutter" and nothing gets accomplished.
Of course, things would be so much easier if the voices that disagree with ours, and the voices of the people we wish we didn’t have to hear, and the voices of people crying out for justice would just be quiet.
I'm so glad things aren't so easy.