It is amazing how easy some lies are accepted. For example, when secular society criticizes and accuses the followers of Yeshua saying, “You are Crazy.” This happens all too frequently and is so effective it has created a “dignity schism” within the church. Dignity has three meanings it its definition. The First is, “The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.” In regard to this first meaning, Yeshua was accused of being undignified by associating with low class, uneducated people, and the outcasts of society. (Matt. 11:19) King David was accused by his wife of being undignified when he celebrated with all his might before the Lord as the ark returned to Jerusalem. (2 Sam. 6:12-15) Clearly, both these men were worthy of honor and respect.
The Second meaning is, “A person of unbending principle, composed or serious manner or style.” Unbending principle is only as good as the principle itself. It may be our principle to work hard and earn our own living, but compassion and mercy regularly infringe upon our principles of right living. When we express unmerited favor, forgive our enemies, and love unconditionally we are violating our principle for God’s. Composure or serious manner or style is a personal preference which can be entirely out of place in celebrations and at emotional moments, even considered unfeeling and uncaring. The Pharisees criticized Yeshua for the crowd’s lavish praise and rejoicing over the miracles He had done when He entered Jerusalem riding upon a donkey. He replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40) If we choke out all emotion or extravagance in praise and worship or in certain celebration we may be quenching a demonstration of love. When we promote our preferences above the leading of the Holy Spirit (rather then emotions) we are most certainly opposing God.
The Third meaning is “a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.” In this meaning we see why the lie is so effective. It triggers the pride we have in ourselves, our own internal measure of dignity. In Yeshua’s parable of the Good Samaritan, neither the priest nor levite stopped to help the man who was robbed and assaulted along the road, but the Samaritan did. (Luke 10:30-36) The “Good Samaritan” did not allow prideful self-respect to deter him from showing compassion. He was willing to be undignified to do what was right. Will God ask us to put aside our or society’s measure of dignity in His service? Most certainly. Scripture says, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15) Little children have not learned to be dignified, and they are naturally trusting.
Who are those who accuse Believers of acting crazy as they follow the leading of the Spirit of God? Are they the ones that strip naked and march in the streets? Are they those who celebrate in sporting events by getting drunk, disorderly, fight, paint themselves, hold up silly signs and act like fools? Are they the sexual perverts who express their lewd and disgusting obscene acts in parades and public places? Are they the secular humanist tyrants who rob the poor, kill the innocent, and make captives of their supporters through lies and deception? Are they the media that warps and twists the truth, trampling liberty and justice for their own aggrandizement? I don’t think persons such these have any credibility to say who is crazy and who is not. King David provided the best answer to anyone who accuses a Believer of acting crazy when He replied, “David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Samuel 6:21-22)