As Christians we have a unique culture of being “polite”.
Ever courteous, careful and considerate, we strive to be tactful and often it seems, we avoid at all costs the discussions or considerations that might be uncomfortable. So we take a very safe but selfish path… we avoid stuff. We cling to our politeness in an effort to justify our shame and shove more of our messed up world under the rug, hoping someone- someday will come along and fix things.
Polite for sure… but deadly just the same.
Living in a PC world, it’s easy to shrink back from defending or proclaiming truth… especially if it’s unpopular.
Living in a Duck Dynasty world, it’s even easier to justify our decision to try to just fit in and be quiet. It makes a whole lotta sense to be careful in what we say, and avoid being mistaken as a hateful bigot or a right-wing fanatic. Both a serious risk if we dare to speak out and let our Christian values be heard.
But herein lies the problem. The truth of Christ really is offensive.
If we as “followers” of Jesus Christ are going to have a voice in our culture and our communities, we must move into more uncomfortable territory. We will need to take a stand on the essentials of our faith and quit apologizing for our biblical beliefs.
That doesn’t justify being a jerk or self-righteous idiot, moving past politeness… we need to claim some “middle” ground culturally. To learn how to authentically act like the people of faith we are, without compromise and without intolerance of others.
The zealous Christians of past generations may have seriously over-emphasized the “truth” part of Christ’s gospel, and way under-stated the “Love” part… leading to a “gospel-shy whiplash effect” for modern believers to try to shake off, but that doesn’t mean we have to repeat their mistakes.
What if we could live from a heart of genuine love and respect for others, treating them with kindness regardless of their agreement with our beliefs ?
What if that love “compelled” us to share the ridiculous truth of Christ with those who truly needed to know, without picking a political party to defend?
Ask God to show you when and where to take some personal risks with this. When he nudges you… obey and see what happens. The truth spoken in gentleness and love has a huge influence on those who only see Christians as either fake or fruitcake.
This is especially true of our kids…
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:18-26 (ESV) Biblegateway.com – source