Yesterday I preached from Matthew 8:28-34, the story of Jesus casting out demons from the demoniacs at Gadara. The miracle itself is stunning, the exorcism took place with one word. He granted permission for the demons to enter some pigs and the herd of 2000 hogs went wild and jumped off a cliff into a lake and drowned.
But something else was stunning: the indifference of the people who witnessed it. They actually saw the former demonized sitting next to Jesus, dressed and in his right mind. Yet, instead of asking Jesus to heal other people or cast out more demons or to teach them more about God, they asked Jesus. . . to leave! They cared more about pigs than they did about people. Their attitude is evident still today–a stunning indifference toward Jesus.
J. C. Ryle notes well, “There are thousands who care not one jot for Christ, or Satan, so long as they can make a little more money, and have a little more of the good things of this world. From this spirit may we be delivered! Against this spirit may we ever watch and pray! It is very common. It is awfully infectious. Let us recollect every morning that we have souls to be saved, and that we shall one day die, and after that be judged. Let us beware of loving the world more than Christ.”