We Must Be Faithful When We Address the Ills of the World
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on the battle on all the battlefields besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. (Martin Luther, cited in Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There. P 11)
More than ever, we need clear, pointed thinking and sound, focused preaching. We dare not pull the punch because the world does not like it or because someone might be hurt. To not tell the truth in our sinful environment is to murder the soul those who need to hear the Word of God. We need to understand that the condition of the sinner is grave and that every living human is a sinner. It is not a popular subject but it is the truth. And in order for us to escape the wrath of God and to find purpose and meaning in life one must know the truth. So, we cannot stand by and agree with the world that sexual immorality is perfectly acceptable, that homosexuality is just another lifestyle, that lying is a perfect form of defense, that willful violation of God’s law means nothing.
We cannot, at any time, agree that sin ceases to be sin. But, the truth can only be presented and defended from a position of humility and grace. When we are bold in truth, it must be as one who knows he or she is a sinner who had no hope until Christ himself redeemed him. We are all sinners telling our fellow sinners where to find grace.