“Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? Expediency asks the question – is it political?
But conscience asks the question – it is right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political;
but because it is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The fact that our culture has a very difficult time telling right from wrong, doesn’t remove our responsibility of knowing the difference as revealed in God’s Word. We cannot in good conscience allow their lack of Biblical understanding to overwhelm what in our hearts we know to be absolute truth.
Those around us who drown out voices of reason and reasonableness do not deserve the freedom we have given them by our silence. Hedonism appeals to tens of millions. Immorality has become the religion of multitudes. The blurring of the sexes threatens to derail more and more people.
And we hide, ignore and by the absence of our voices give tacit approval to those setting the new rules!
I pray that Paul’s words touch a nerve with many Christians whose minds and consciences are also slowly being defiled: “It’s true that all is pure to those who have pure hearts, but to the corrupt unbelievers nothing is pure. Their minds and consciences are defiled.” Titus 1:15 The Passion Translation
The debate concerning abortion gets the loudest response from those who not only believe it’s the right of every woman, but demand its availability up to the moment of birth. The concept of marriage being between one man and one woman is a laughable idea to millions.
So what are we to do? We feel as if we have been transported from Jerusalem and its religious safety to the ungodly streets of Babylon. We live in the midst of people who worship other gods that allow and encourage the basest of behavior.
Let’s do several things:
- Renew our confidence in the Word of God.
- Speak out confidently, yet respectfully to anyone God directs us to. (I Peter 3:15)
- Understand that few people have a working relationship with God through his Son Jesus. Remember what Jesus said on the cross: “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing (or believing).” That’s our attitude!
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts to the Gospel.
- Stay ready and available at all times.
We can carry truth to those who don’t yet know that Truth is a person. And love them in the process!