hmullan Dec 24 : 12:57
Should we be apologetic when our Christianity offends someone?
Is it Merry Christmas? Or Happy Holidays? Or Best Wishes for the Season? The world is playing Whack-a-Mole with Christianity. Whenever a Christian principle or teaching pops up, the world attempts to legislate it out of existence. It has come to the point, that for many of us, we feel as if we are offending someone by wishing them a Merry Christmas.
Should we be apologetic when our Christianity offends someone? Should we tone down our zeal because not everyone is a Christian? To both of these questions, the answer is an empathic NO! Matthew 10:33 states
But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
Jesus assures us that He will disown anyone who disowns Him. When I first read this scripture it created a picture in my mind of a brave Christian having a sword held to his head being told to deny Jesus or die. "Never" he cries, thus losing his head and entering eternal life with Jesus.
In this kind of situation, it is easy for me to say that I will never betray Jesus however the evil one is very crafty. He can take his time in getting me to disown Jesus. As long as the end result is the same, why rush? He will get me to ease off on the four devotions from Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
I will read less Bible, pray less prayer, fellowship less and serve others less.
Once my convictions are weak then one opinion is as good as the next. This is the point where political correctness now sounds like a viable solution. Check the Scriptures - Jesus was never politically correct, he did not care if others were offended by his message, which they frequently were.
We cannot be afraid to speak the truth in love irrespective of whom it offends. We do not set out to offend but the message we carry brings a sword. Let us not tire of doing what is right because in due time we will receive the promises laid up for us in Heaven.