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One day Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courtyard and telling them the Good News. The chief priests, scribes, and leaders came up to him. They asked him, "Tell us, what gives you the right to do these things? Who told you that you could do this?"
Jesus answered them, "I, too, have a question for you. Tell me, did John's right to baptize come from heaven or from humans?"
They talked about this among themselves. They said, "If we say, 'from heaven,' he will ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?' But if we say, 'from humans,' everyone will stone us to death. They're convinced that John was a prophet." So they answered that they didn't know who gave John the right to baptize.
Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you why I have the right to do these things." Luke 20:1-8 GW
Both the secular and the religious leaders of Jesus' day were more concerned with appearance than truth. So too, many of our political and religious leaders of today. So,, too, you and me. The question is “Am I so afraid of what others say or what might happen that I don't stand up for Jesus or my faith?” When I don't, I deny Him. How are the ways I deny Him? Is fear crowding out faith? What steps can I take to change that?