|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Romans 10:14-15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “If we don’t say it, they won’t hear it.”
Yesterday we thought about the fact that our society is putting increasing pressure on Christians to remain silent in the public arena. In television shows and movies Biblical beliefs are scorned and Christians are portrayed as cartoonish buffoons, or worse. The liberal news media focuses on stories about disturbed extremists who profess to be Christians but who behave very badly, and then those news reports are offered in such a way as to suggest those extremists are actually typical Christians. Atheistic college professors bully and ridicule Christian students in the classroom. All of that and more contributes to the pressure Christians feel to remain silent about Biblical issues.
In Romans 10:14-15 Paul instructed us to go into the world, speaking words of truth and Good News. The primary message to be spoken is the Good News that through faith in Christ our sins can be forgiven by God. But along with that primary message, the followers of Christ must also speak-up for Biblical principles as they pertain to the situations we encounter.
In our society today the general population is increasingly Biblically illiterate. People simply do not know what the Bible says about the life situations they’re facing, and they will not know, unless some Biblically informed Christian tells them. How can they know if nobody tells them? If we don’t say it, they won’t hear it.
As was discussed yesterday, the Holy Spirit will give us words and courage. But the words the Holy Spirit gives us are the words we have taken the time to read, study, and memorize. He then brings those truths to our minds at the time we need them. It’s a difficult thing for the Spirit to bring to our mind things we never bothered to put into our mind to begin with. This is why Bible study is so important.
This is also why it’s important to read good books that explain Biblical principles as they pertain to current social issues. That’s the reason I wrote my new book “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict”. The book consists of thirty-four short and easy-to-read essays designed to give Christians the basic information we need in order to speak intelligently and confidently about the subject of sexual ethics. If you don’t have your copy of it yet you can get one at www.JimMersereauBooks.com.
If we don’t say it, they won’t hear it. We must be prepared to speak Biblical truth.