“Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray,” (Proverbs 10:17, ESV).
“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you,” (Proverbs 20:22, ESV).
I don’t think it is any accident that the church grows under persecution. Trevin Wax reminds us that despite the cultural shift we find taking place God is in control and can use this time for His purposes.
If in a mere decade, a society can overturn a pillar that has undergirded civilization for thousands of years, what kind of changes will come in the next decade or two? The unthinkable is now the possible.
The cultural pressure upon us will increase. We better be okay with standing out from the rest of the world, no matter how unpopular it makes us.
We also better get used to people saying we are filled with hate and vitriol toward neighbors we disagree with. And we should do our best to show the world so much love that those labels don’t stick.
Maybe the way God is teaching us to reach out to the maligned and marginalized is by letting us taste the same kind of social ostracism.
Maybe the less we seek the love of society, the more we’ll be free to love others in God’s image.
Maybe the cultural car is careening toward the cliff, and we’re supposed to be the people who are standing with our arms outstretched saying, “Stop! You know not what you do.”
HT: Amy Hall
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not,” (Isaiah 53:3, ESV).