In my last post I mentioned the fact that I do not like to fight but that I will when necessary. I am not talking about physical violence (although there are times it is warranted) but about standing for something beyond myself. To be clear I am talking about truth, about the Gospel.
In our culture the only thing that is taboo is declaring that there is a corner on truth and that you have it. You can say that you have a truth, but not that you have the truth. The only thing that is absolutely unacceptable is to declare that there are absolutes. (I’ll let you think about that one for a second!)
I am writing as a Christian; as one who believe in Jesus Christ as the only way to God. I am writing as one convinced that there is a fundamental enmity between God and human beings. This enmity is caused by sin. Sin is that which leaves us shy of the perfection required to be in fellowship with God. Sin is anything that we do or say that is not perfect. It is everything by which we break God’s commands. It is not an enmity because of opinion or political affiliation. It is an enmity which exists because of the very difference between the nature of God (i.e. Holy) and the nature of man (i.e. unholy).
I also am convinced that the greatest event in all of history took place on a cross in Jerusalem. When Jesus died it was for us while we were STILL sinners. While we were still enemies of God He chose to make a peace offering. Not just to bury the hatchet but to destroy it. He made peace by sending His own Son to die for us –to be the propitiation for our sin.
The problem lies in the fact that our society disdains these truths. Modern thought tends to run along the lines of conversations and dialogue which stress that anyone and everyone can be right. As Christians we are called to proclaim the truth. This is not a conversation! While we can enter into conversations with people the intent must be to clearly tell them the truth. We must answer their questions, and help them understand but we must not ever allow them to think that we are entertaining their erroneous views.
We are in a war! God desires men and women, young and old, to worship Him. But there is also an adversary who desires all men to perish and suffer for eternity in Hell. The two cannot be reconciled. The core of the issue is that we really do not believe what we say. If we did we would live differently than we do. We would give more of our resources and time. We would speak more boldly. Some might argue that the issue is that we are sinful and thus unable to be used. I agree with the principle but would argue that the sin we are guilty of is unbelief.
I would also say we are in this state because we have fallen prey to the propaganda of the enemy. We have succumbed to the false answer to the age old question, “Yea, hath God said?” Indeed God has said! He spoke and then He acted in accordance with His promise. He promised a redeemer and He provided His own Son as a perfect lamb to die in our place. Jesus came so that we might be reconciled to God. Jesus won the war! Our job is to go out into the battlefield and proclaim that peace has been declared. We do not need an uncertain and wavering conversation with people at war. What we need is people who will fearlessly declare the truth loudly, clearly and boldly.
Will you join me?