May 21, 2014
Okay, if it’s true that we are what we eat, then some of you today are big bowls of oatmeal. Some of you are bran cereal. Some of you are eggs and breakfast meat. Some of you are toast. Guess what I am? I’m white pizza with black olives and lots of garlic! That’s right… no sissy breakfast for me. Today’s gonna be a GOOD DAY!!!
Well… maybe on to something with a little more substance. I have a question; what is the responsibility of The Church in our country toward being a prophetic voice? Do you know what I mean? What is the role of The Church in interacting with the culture and the society to say what is “true and right” about various subjects? Ah! Some of you will say… but we don’t know what is true since the Church is divided on so many issues. No doubt The Church has always struggled with division. But if we acquiesce to the notion that we no long have any truth to proclaim, then we are indeed irrelevant. Right? Or if we come to the place where we say that The Church is allowed to have opinions but they should not be proclaimed publically… then we have been fully indoctrinated into the deception of the world.
But let me suggest at the very least that we in the church are indeed allowed to embrace the “truth” as we understand it and last time I checked it was not against the law (most of the time) to express those truths. For example the most simple “truth,” John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Many of us will agree with that truth, but when it comes time to proclaim it or defend it, we become as meek as little lambs.
In the Presbyterian form of Government we have several levels of authority. Above the local churches is the Presbytery which meets several times a year. There used to be a very outspoken pastor at those meetings who would make his opinion known on almost every subject. He was bold, and forthright and frankly a little obnoxious. If you opposed a particular issue you hoped he spoke in favor of it! Why? Because he had used up any ounce of credibility he ever had! If he spoke against something, it moved people closer to being in favor of it. If you are a “Christian” or a “church goer” but are unable or unwilling to take a stand for Jesus, please don’t let people know who you think you are. You only discredit the Faith. Whoa! Am I allowed to say that?!?! JUST DID.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying be obnoxious or unwise regarding how we present ourselves in the world. But if our answer to the moral malaise of the day is, “Well, everybody has an opinion”… Uh sure they do, but not every opinion is “right” or “true.” But again, we have bought into the worlds perspective on this, i.e., no one has the right to tell someone else they might be wrong. Really? If you call yourself a Christian you might want to check your Bible on that. I’m not helping you this time.
Do we need to proclaim truth kindly? Yes. Do we need to proclaim truth lovingly? Yes. Do we need to proclaim truth with mercy? Yes. Do we need to proclaim truth? YES!
I read an interesting quote this past week… I wonder what you think of it?
“The world’s great civilizations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again into bondage.”
Alexander Tyler (ca.1770)
It’s unclear if Alexander Tyler is in fact the author of this quote but never the less, what thinkest thou? If it’s true, where do you see the USA in this process?
We in the faith have little responsibility to save societies… just to proclaim truth. What does The Church have to say about moral decline in our culture?