Passing the Buck

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 9:13-23

The Pharisees were pressuring the parents of the man born blind to give potentially damaging testimony concerning their son and the alleged prophet who had healed him. The parents did not want to be connected to this “heresy” for fear of being excommunicated from the synagogue (v. 22), so they passed the buck. “He is of age; ask him” (v. 23). They knew the truth, but they preferred not to become personally identified with it.

It’s tempting, isn’t it, to talk in neutral terms about Christ, to speak second-handedly about our faith?

It’s safer to say, “the church teaches….” than to say “I believe….” It’s less scary to say, “The Bible teaches that Jesus saves” than to say, “I know from experience that Jesus saves.” It’s easier to say, “My parents would kill me if they found out” than “I believe it’s wrong.” It’s easier to send the preacher over to the new neighbor than to issue a personal invitation. It’s easier to send the kids to Sunday school than to personally teach them to pray and to live a Christian life.

We can excuse ourselves by saying, “I don’t want to be labeled a fanatic” or “I want to respect the beliefs of others.” But it’s true, isn’t it, that, like the parents of the former blind man, we often lack the courage?


Lord, give me the courage to personally speak about my faith in Jesus Christ.