|Posted by G.J. Weber CCM, BCPPC on February 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM|
Dr. Tim Clinton said, “Emotionalism often rules at the expense of truth when we turn a blind eye to sin” and Dietrich Bonheoffer, a German Lutheran Pastor said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Oh what wisdom lies in the words of these two men and yet many of us have taken an Emotional Sobriety Stance to the world around us. You see Jesus never turned a blind eye to sin or rebellion….He called it out, called for change, call us to be like Him and gives us grace.
All of us are called to Ministers of Reconciliation to this broken world and help others see the power of God’s healing, redemption and grace. We must wake up and see that we cannot go through our lives primarily concerned with not offending others, rather than living to please God. If we do we are embracing a weak and incomplete Gospel.
I Peter 2:8, reminds us that Christ is “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” So when they reject our words we must remind ourselves that they are reject Christ and not take it personally. We must stand our ground and ground ourselves in Christ or we will be tossed to and fro by the waves of fundamentalism and tolerance. This is our calling…Truth without grace leads to legalism and toxic faith and Grace without truth leads to unlicensed tolerance that allows evil to continue.
As Christians and Caregivers, will we advocate for our beliefs and actively influence culture or will we simply sit back and do nothing? Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” So…are you walking in darkness and have your light under a bushel? Well, it’s time to pull it out and shine so the world can see….. Start influencing those around you and ultimately influence your community and culture! I ask you “Where is your light and can they see it?”