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September 14, 2013

The Joy Lady: As Christians, there are times we must speak up

TERRE HAUTE — Sometimes something happens that is so unfair, and we feel we must speak up. Sometimes some people profess to believe things that we know just can’t be true, and we feel we must speak up. Sometimes something we read strikes us as downright stupidly absurd, and we feel we must speak up.

With no apologies and with full knowledge that this column may generate a few emails and/or phone calls in response, I believe there are times we must speak up.

It’s time for Christians to stop fighting and bickering amongst themselves. We must recognize the absolute truth of James 3:9-10: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” I agree. Our bickering and fighting should not be. It doesn’t matter who’s right or who’s wrong. It doesn’t matter who started the whole thing. It doesn’t matter who defends whom or who is whose side. What matters is that we stop. Period. Stop fighting. Stop being disagreeable. It’s time.

It’s time for Christians to start loving others as God commanded. It’s so easy to think of ourselves as loving people when we love those around us.

It’s easy to love those who also love us. But if we want to really be known as people who love, we need to recognize the absolute truth of Matthew 5:46-47: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”

Instead, we should love the way Jesus told us to in John 13:34: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” We should stop saying we love others and start showing our love to others. It’s time.

We should speak up when we hear people say they know they are going to heaven based solely on the fact that they are good people; it’s time to speak up. And when we know people are confident they are going to heaven because they are waiting till the last possible moment to “convert” to Christ, it’s time to speak up. And when a world-renowned religious leader says, “You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven,” it’s time to speak up. We should speak the truthful words of Jesus found in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is Jesus, and there is no other way to the Father except through Him. Truth is truth, and it is found in no other except Jesus. I know these statements are not politically correct. I know that just by believing these statements to be true, we invite ridicule and arguments and even outright rejection.

Even so, we need to speak up. It’s time, don’t you think?

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.

 

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