Letters to Jesus (Similes, Metaphors & Paradoxes)- 12
In Mark 3:20 You are accused by Your relatives of being “crazy.” The Jewish leaders and people outside the house were making quite a clatter. It seems like those closest to You were just offering them “craziness” as an expedient excuse to protect You from the crowd. Some of them may have felt that Your not fulfilling their image of the revolutionary, nationalistic Messiah they expected rendered You an imposter and more easily acceptable as insane.
It still goes on. If You don’t fit into our lives the way we think You should we dismiss the parts of You we don’t like as “crazy.” It’s an ironic accusation because the ones most “out of touch” are the ones saying it. One reason is the blurred vision of reality from which we all suffer. What’s “crazy” is, out of fear, not allowing You to touch us.
Insanity is an evermore popular criminal plea for those trying to escape extreme court sentences. It’s a plea entered by those on our behalf who wish to ameliorate our situation. We hear, “I went crazy,” or “I didn’t know what I was doing,” as excuses. But sometimes the actions behind those excuses are only perceived by others as crazy or insane. We, in reality, knew exactly what we were doing – as You did, when others entered the plea of “crazy” or “beside Himself” to get You off. All of which says that someone who seeks You must, at times, be ready to be thought of as “crazy.” What’s interesting is that we who might be thought of as crazy often counter it with our own thoughts of the craziness of our accusers.