Land of the free and home of the brave.
Or is it land of the triggered and home of the perpetually offended?
I’m not so sure these days.
Ok, ok, before you go get your sensory suit, hear me out.
I truly detest hurting people’s feelings. As Christians, we should always love the person in front of us, regardless of any difference in opinion, lifestyle, or worldview. Kindness is mandatory. Caring for the other person is mandatory.
That being said, it is really exhausting to keep up with what society is offended with on a day-to-day basis. I don’t mean exhausting in the sense that I’m too lazy to keep up with who is mad at what. I mean that I find it ridiculous and childish and wholly inconducive to authentic relationships and conversations.
But that’s the point. If I say I am offended and call you a name with some sort of “phobe” or “ist” at the end of it, the conversation is over. And that makes for pretty one-sided conversations, which is carried over and perpetuated by the news and social media.
It’s a manipulation tactic. And it’s working just fine.
People with Biblical values do not get a place at the table, even if their voice is one of love and reason. The only “Christians” not being censored and shut down are the ones affirming popular culture. They, too, are offended and triggered by anyone holding traditional Christian beliefs.
This has silenced lots of Christian voices. People are scared to admit they don’t agree because they don’t want to be ostracized at work or even fired for not being woke. I feel for you if you are in that position. It’s not going to get easier.
I wonder, though, if people will be proved faithful when they are pushed to worship the statue of Nebuchadnezzar or if they will be on their knees along with the rest of the Babylonians (great name for a sports team, isn’t it?). At some point there is a decision to make. Whose applause matters?
If we deny Jesus, he will deny us.
We can live in the prison of perceived safety where we stay quiet and keep our head down, but that doesn’t honor God and it’s a miserable way to live. The freedom we have in this country and as Christians was bought with blood, but if we hand it over it will not be given back.
The other choice is to speak truth, in love, and damn the consequences. I AM NOT SAYING BE A JERK. I am saying we have been entrusted with the truth that sets men free, and to share the gospel with others we must speak it. Out loud. Telepathy is not a great evangelism tool, although, man, that would make things easier.
If you are in Christ, you are free.
Act like it.
Romans 10:14-15 NLT
 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?  And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” …