The discussion of religious liberty can be difficult in light of the fact that I have freedom of speech and assembly but I do not always want to exercise those rights under all circumstances. It is my right to go into a bar or a church of a different denomination from mine and whip up a discussion that will encourage some spirited exchange, but it might not be the wisest thing to do, so I will avoid exercising such freedoms. I am free to practice my religion but probably not in your house, church, or bar. With that thought we pivot to our text for today. The issue of religious liberty comes up among religious folks when there is a different interpretation as to what constitute truth for those who belong to the same religious system. Then when there is a disagreement as to what constitute truth, then fighting normally ensues. The blind man became a disciple of Christ and since the religious leaders disagreed with Christ they would ultimately reject anyone that believed on Him.
John9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
9:22 These [words] spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
9:23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner [or no], I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear [it] again? will ye also be his disciples?
9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
Do your religious leaders accept the converts you witness to and bring to the church?
Or do they see them like how they see you, as being of the devil?