Speaking The Truth–In Love

I preached this week about Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). I was struck by how this passage of Scripture speaks to our current situation. You can see the similarities between Ahab, Jezebel, and the prophets of Baal and the politically correct tenor of our times.

We all have to deal with the politically correct struggles of modern America. How do you and I deal with these struggles? Specifically, how do we proclaim the truth and do it a way that exalts God and helps other people know Him? It’s difficult to get all of this right.

First, we must speak the truth. This is what Elijah did. There is one true God, and Elijah proclaimed this truth. He did not back down or shy away from the truth. We cannot be timid in perilous times. We must speak the truth.

Second, we must speak the truth in love. To do anything less than speaking the truth in love is to disobey God and actually harm our cause. God is love (1 John 4:8). We must describe Him as He is with our deeds, our words, and with the tone of our words. Paul called on the
Colossians to let their “conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4: 6).

For most of us, this means that we must spend time in Scripture and in prayer that we will know how to answer each one and give “an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Simon Peter made it clear that our answer should be with gentleness and respect . . . so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-17).

Third, we must defend and preserve the rights accorded us from God. I am thankful for the constitution of the USA. It protects rights which were granted by our God. We live in a day when many would give away their rights and others would take them from us. Christians must vote for leaders who will defend and uphold the constitution.

Fourth, we must be salt and light to a dark world. We must let our light shine so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).

Christ is the hope of the world. May we learn how to help others know the hope that is found only in Christ.

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2 Responses

  1. I work with unbelievers and John 3:20 really stuck with me:
    “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
    Of course my favorite response to someone who questions Christianity is “So you’ve read the Bible?”. When they always answer yes, I respond “Did you understand any of it?”

    My arguement against evolution:
    If we are evolving, why is everyone getting dumber not smarter?

    -God Bless

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