In a world full of tolerance, political correctness, and mounds of offense, it’s easy to feel as if you have to tiptoe around everyone’s feelings and beliefs. Our world has become a terrain of eggshells that we constantly feel we have to walk on. In our efforts to ‘keep the peace’ we become silent. Our constant consumption of the world’s narrative through social media and television can often drown out the simplicity of God’s truth. That truth still needs to be spoken and lived out for the world to see. I have realized for myself that its dangerously easy to get caught up in earthly opinions and earthly causes more than the the opinion and the cause of Christ. This verse waltzed its way into my brain the other morning and I just could not shake it: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 16:25 (NIV)
It’s chillingly straight to the point. Plenty of paths of life seem great; but that does not mean that it’s Jesus’ way to life.
I love Twitter, which I have probably stated before in one of my blogs. The constant stream of information could be harmless…right? Sure, but if I consume it more than I consume the word of God for myself it could become harmful quickly. How so? Opinions are plenty and God’s truth is scarce. I could read a blog here or there out of pure curiosity and without even realizing it seeds are planted in my heart. All of a sudden maybe a certain sin doesn’t seem so bad. You find yourself wondering: “Did God really say….?” Or, maybe you thought it was a great idea (like me) to follow a ton of different Christians on social media. This is not all bad, but when they talk about God is it opinion or truth? Are they changing your perspective of God? What filter are they talking through and is it safe for your heart to listen? All the enemy needs is a voice or an idea. I’m limiting my time on social media right now and I feel so much more peace than usual. I truly believe it’s because I’m allowing less voices into my spirit. Consumption of the world’s ideas more than God’s truth can leave you feeling confused and double minded. They cannot be our source, only His word can.
Silence can be deadly. In college I remember sitting in a class discussion and I was scared to speak up. The topic was about homosexuality and there were some strong opinions going forth from my classmates. It was a respectful conversation and everyone seemed to be on the same side. I cannot remember if I said anything , but I remember being so terrified that I was silent. If I did speak, I spoke carefully so as not to ruffle feathers. I love this quote by Lysa Tyrkeurst:
“If I make my primary goal to keep the peace, I limit the opportunity to address things that need to be addressed. I shy away from addressing conflicts. I limit necessary communication.” No, I’m not saying that we purposefully create drama, but there is a time to speak up. Sharing truth with love in that moment could have changed someone’s perspective in my class. I was timid and scared of persecution, but isn’t that what the Christian life is made of? We speak truth and sometimes that means sacrificing our comfort. Even Jesus said He didn’t come to bring peace to the Earth: Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 (NLT). The word of God shakes things up. It heals but it also cuts (Hebrews 4:12). It can bring peace, but it can also bring anger. Truth challenges, it brings dark to light and sometimes that is not peaceful.
I’m challenging myself more than anyone else to not confuse the opinion of man with the Word of God. You may be thinking of the huge opinions of the world like homosexuality or fornication, but I’m also thinking of the opinion of staunch religion too. Even the harsh rules and opinions spewed out by churches across the world that paint God as a dictator also blurs the lines terribly. The bottom line: we must guard our hearts and make sure that we understand what’s TRUE and what’s not.
**Note: I highly recommend Good or God by John Bevere. A hard but convicting read (it took me a year to get through it, ha!) that shines the light on what truth really is.
**http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/commentaries/16_25.php This website gave me some good background when I started reading up on this verse. Please refer to it for further insight.
TyrKeurst, Lysa. “Do I Want to Make Peace or Progress.” Lysa TerKeurst. N.p., 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 Jan. 2017.
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