Denial: Whatever “the postmortems reveal about the [current economic] crisis, one culprit is abundantly clear: denial,” writes HBS Professor Richard Tedlow in Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face. He says that denial is, “the unconscious calculus that, if an unpleasant reality were true, it would be too terrible, so therefore it cannot be true.” Or, as Winston Churchill put it, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
Response: The authority of Jesus is an inconvenient truth. When Jesus went to Gerasenes, a madman came running at him from the mountain. The man was bloodstained and scarred. He had demonic strength—even chains and shackles couldn’t bind him. Yet he called out to Jesus, who drove out the man’s demons and sent them into 2,000 pigs that, in turn, rushed down into the sea and drowned. Immediately, the man was calm and lucid. Yet no one praised Jesus. In one of the saddest moments of the gospels, the people asked him to leave. Mark writes, “They were afraid … and they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.” 
Willful: Jesus was too powerful and, even worse, too costly. After all, he sent their income (the pigs) into the sea. They stumbled over the spectacular truth that this man Jesus had authority even over demons because it was inconvenient. They picked themselves up and hurried off as if nothing happened. They ignored (or denied) the greater reality that Jesus wielded his extraordinary authority to show compassion on the sick. Instead of seeing his authority as a refuge, they saw it as a threat.
Prayer: Lord, We praise you because, in Christ, your authority is not a threat, but a refuge. Yet we confess that your authority sometimes seems inconvenient. When obedience seems costly, we often choose to live according to our own authority. Forgive us and, by your Spirit, open our eyes and melt our hearts so that denial has no place in our lives. Amen.
 Mark 5:15, 17 ESV