Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Right to Remain Silent

Are you getting tired of seeing stories about people who post something on social media and then get upset at the 100% predictable response?
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It's not just movie stars or athletes. It happens to everyday people, too. And it's been happening to some high-profile Christians. Israel Folau, the Australian rugby player, was only the latest example.

Let's get some things out in the open. Yes, it's a shame that people are only allowed to express "approved" opinions in our society. Yes, the scriptures say homosexual relations are immoral, along with a host of other things.

But this is our world right now. How do you want to live in it?

We should be willing to stand up for the truth. But we should do it in a winsome manner. And we have to pick our battles.

Ray Comfort teaches folks to use the Law of Moses to show people that they are sinners. He also teaches people not to bring up people's "favorite" sins. You don't bring up adultery to an adulterer. He knows he's an adulterer. He doesn't realize he's also a lying blasphemous thief with the seeds of murder in his heart. Talking about adultery will make him defensive. Showing him that his sin goes far deeper than he imagines may make him receptive to the gospel.

Gay people know that traditional Christianity teaches that homosexuality is wrong. We don't have to tell them that. No one is going to repent in dust and ashes because you post about it on Twitter.

The only thing that will happen is you'll be flamed. And possibly fired.

We are called to give a reason for the hope that is in us. We are called to be ready, willing, and able to share the gospel.

Our beliefs on same-sex marriage, etc. are not the gospel.

If someone asks you, one on one, what the Bible says on a topic, don't shy away from the truth. Be gentle, but be honest.

But don't go looking for opportunities to cause offense. Christ calls us to be "as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matt 10:16). Paul said, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Rom 12:18).

In modern terms, you have the right to remain silent. You are not required to broadcast your opinion for all to see. And keeping it to yourself will probably make your life a bit more pleasant.