Shhh….don’t say anything

This quote came my way from a couple of sources, so I felt prompted to share it: Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. This is a quote from Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church, California. When I read this it made me think how powerfully influential one’s culture is, and how powerfully influential the media is, in determining one’s culture. I also thought that, in this area at least, our culture is no different to that of America! Friends, we need to realise that we have beautiful feet when we proclaim the Good News concerning Jesus (Romans 10:15), and more than that, the Good News concerning Jesus has the power to actually change (save) a person’s life forever when one responds to it rightly (Romans 1:16). And so, what we’re talking about here is of absolute importance. In the end, nothing matters more than one’s response to Jesus – nothing at all. But the only way to inform someone about their need to respond rightly to Jesus is by talking to them! I don’t think it’s just me, but I find myself falling for these two lies, thinking that I had better not open my mouth. And I don’t mean ‘open my mouth’ to make a judgement on someone’s lifestyle. No, I mean to open my mouth to try to persuade a person to consider Christ. What usually happens is that the moment I start thinking that the time might be right to say something, the cultured way of thinking steps in and hinders me, and says: Shhh… don’t say anything. But friends, it is truly loving, it is compassionate (to use Rick Warren’s word), to talk to a person about their need for Jesus. And so, we mustn’t let our culture (and the evil one is still in charge of it) influence us with its lie of omission – repeatedly saying nothing at all, thinking that to say something, or disagree about something is phobic and unloving, Since when was ’speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15), phobic or unloving? I must admit it seems to be hard to talk about Jesus in a culture that now believes these two lies, and can no doubt hide behind them: the last two people I spoke to about Jesus, got very annoyed with me the moment I dared to say what I thought was true; you could say, they, at the moment, believe these lies. I hope you don’t. You certainly shouldn’t compromise the truth in order to be compassionate.

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