It seems straightforward and plain. Yet we seem to have forgotten what it means to be a disciple.
We proudly proclaim ourselves Christians, but what makes us different from the good man on the street or the moral man who tries to help his neighbor and looks out for the health of the planet?
Our society has taught us to keep our head down and our mouth shut. Freedom of speech does not apply to Christians. We are considered intolerant and narrow minded. We have listened to this so long we believe it ourselves.
We have replaced passion with tolerance. We don’t take a stand because it might offend.
The phrase “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) has become speak love. We have left the truth completely out of the equation. Yet, how can we speak love if we don’t speak truth? How can we claim to love someone if we are afraid to speak to them of their eternal soul? Is it not better to risk offending them in the hopes it will wake them out of sleep to see the danger they are in?
Are we really worried about offending or is the real issue self-protection? We want others to like us. To think well of us. The gospel can be offensive so we leave the offensive bits out and all we are left with is a weak and powerless religion that has no power to save, no power to change lives, no power to bring us face to face with the God of the universe.
To follow Jesus means to have a drastic change of thinking. My focus which was completely on self is now shifted to Him. Every aspect of my life is affected. There is a radical mind shift. There is a realization that my life will never be the same. I’ve gone too far to turn back.
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62