Plain Talk is the Language of Common Sense

Whatever happened to “plain talk”? For generations, our culture was served well by leaders, teachers, pastors and parents who knew the value of “plain talk”. It wasn’t mean-spirited or hateful (at least most of the time), it was the pursuit of getting to the heart of things and embracing “common sense”. However, in the presence of political correctness many leaders now avoid connecting consequences to choices, grades to effort, corruption to greed, and cultural decline to sin.

And for those of us in ministry, we especially need be fluent in the language of plain talk; both inside and outside of the church. I believe our country is starving for it. We need to address the obvious things that are happening on our watch. Consider what Peter wrote to the church as persecution was increasing:

“…gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” – 2 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV

He didn’t pull punches, he said to get serious and live holy lives in the light of God’s grace. People aren’t always going to like us, but if we compromise, they aren’t going to respect us or our message either. So as the culture around us continues to change, may we commit to speak the simple truths of God’s word to our kids and those we have influence on. It’s not going to be an easy path, but then again, real leadership never is.

Being Grieved Over Sin Doesn’t Make You a Bigot

flagThere’s a collective sadness sweeping over our beloved country. It isn’t hate-filled, small-minded, or nostalgic; it’s grief. It’s a genuine, heart-felt, deep-in-the-soul sigh over legal affirmation of sin.

Of course that statement probably offends some, but the desire isn’t to offend. I submit today that the millions of Christians in America who are grieved over our national trajectory are the very people who live their daily lives in a way as to not offend those around them. They’re people who say please and thank-you, welcome new neighbors (even the ones who don’t look like them), and try to avoid conflict. However, societal change is bringing a cultural mindset that if you don’t affirm everyone’s choices, you’re automatically a bigot; and that’s wrong.

The operative word today seems to be “love”. And it’s being used by many as a hammer to beat all opinions into conformity (otherwise you’re not showing love). But I submit that love is the very thing that drives many of us to our knees. Love for our country, love for all our countrymen and love for the precious truths of God’s Word that’s being set-aside for a post-modern, apostate version.

So if you’re one who’s grieving, please don’t feel alone. There are millions who are and here are three reminders to take with you;

  1. Your prayers are heard. We have the awesome privilege of entering into the Holiest place in heaven (Heb. 10:19) to share our hearts, and even when we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26-27)-so keep praying.
  2. The Lord knows. God is not unaware or ambivalent to the affairs on earth; quite the opposite. He knows, He cares and He takes action according to His sovereign will (Ex. 33:19, Psalm 135:6).
  3. This isn’t really home. Yes, our nation is historically amazing, but our eternal home isn’t here; it’s with our Savior, in His Kingdom. So as sojourners, let’s cheerfully put our trust is the One who’s overcome the world, and its challenges (John 16:33).
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