“Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Luke 6:26, NIV
I fear many Christians are afraid to speak their minds about God’s word. They worry that other people will turn against them, or that they might offend someone who is opposed to the message. While Christians should be careful not to deliberately drive people away from the beauty of the gospel message, they also need to be aware that Christ warns us about the dangers of living for truth.
My policy about speaking the truth is some people need a soft touch, while others need a good kick in the butt to catch their attention. While some people might get emotional, angry, vengeful, and belligerent, this is only because they are being convicted by the Holy Spirit. If they choose to harden their heart to the Spirit of God then we are to follow the counsel of Jesus: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:14, NIV).
Speak the truth with honest conviction and then let God do the convincing.
In my opinion, it is not my business what another person does with their relationship to God. It is not my job to convince anyone that I am right and they are wrong. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. If the Spirit cannot convince them to listen to God’s word, then they will pay the consequences of their rebellion. At the same time, I am called to speak the truth to the world in a way that makes the biggest difference in the lives of the listeners. Some will respond to truth with gladness, while most will lash out and attempt to silence the one who dared to tell the truth.
It is time for Christians to stop trying to fit in with political correctness, and to stand out by boldly proclaiming the word of God. Why should we be ashamed of truth? Of course, the devil will stir up the unregenerate mobs to attack the messengers. This happened to the prophets of Israel. Don’t forget that they crucified Jesus. Don’t forget that all but one of the Apostles died at the hands of the wicked.
If you are worried about what people will think if you speak up about your Christian convictions, then remember that it is not our job to win a popularity contest. It is our job to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
” Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,” (Ephesians 6:19, NIV)