I’m sure many of you have figured out by now that we are headed into a dark place as a culture. That’s not news to anyone paying attention. It’s going to be tempting to retreat, to duck and hide, to bury your light under a bushel and try to survive. I get it, I’m there with you. But that is the worst thing you can do. Let me explain why.
In the times we live in, it is going to be impossible to escape an attack for being a Christian. The only way to appease the woke mob is complete surrender. Silent disagreement or even silent agreement is not enough. You must be as woke, or woker than they are. Even people who are woke are often canceled for not being sufficiently woke. Don’t be surprised by this. We were warned. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Tim 3:12).
You can’t be shocked that pagans hate Christianity. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19). Evil men hate the light because it reveals their sin and they love their sin. This is why even silent dissent cannot be tolerated. The light from your just life eats at the conscience of these wicked men. They must make you as wicked as them to hide the light. Only then can their battered consciences rest easy.
Many of you will, for the sake of your families, your children, your job, your reputation, whatever, be tempted to just do as you are told. Offer the pinch of incense to Ceasar, say men are women, sign the paper affirming gay marriage, whatever form it takes. Those that do sign on are hoping that by their silence, they can protect their families or themselves. Unfortunately, if you plan to silently live as a Christian, this will fail, and you will displease the God you serve. God
We do not live in a time where simply disagreeing amicably and being left alone is on the agenda anymore. Used to be two people could disagree and leave it at that. Now agreement, even in your thoughts is expected and required. In the face of this, there is only one reasonable response: and it’s not hide. You have to fight.
I’m not talking about fisticuffs here or anything violent, I’m talking about waging a war of words and ideas for truth, specifically of the Gospel. The Devil is a liar and the father of lies, so the truth is always his enemy. Therefore, the more we tell the truth boldly, the more effectively we fight him. We are no longer in an era where we can simply go along to get along (though I’d argue that strategy was always a long-term losing strategy). We don’t need mealy-mouthed diplomats right now. There is a time for diplomacy but it’s not now. We are in a war of ideas and we need bold, truth-telling leaders. We need men willing to tell the truth when it costs them.
The Gospel is an offense to wicked men. We cannot pretend that it is not. The truth about the various sexual perversions promoted by the government, the truth about when life begins and why it has value, the truth about separation and sanctification that come with the Gospel are never going to be popular in a pagan culture. But the truth must be told boldly while we still have the chance. Silence will not save us. Cooperation will not save us. So while we still have the opportunity, tell the wicked world the truth, no matter how much it hates you.
If you intend to live for Christ, you will eventually have to fight for what matters. The only question is, how much ground are you willing to cede before you do? Your only other recourse is to surrender to the godless pagan culture and lose your family and your children. Caesar is going to demand his pinch of incense soon. When he does, ceding ground will only make it harder to fight later. Don’t be silent. Stand for the truth of the Scriptures. Get in the fight.
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