If you’re in a situation where you feel like you’re getting flack for standing up for what God is saying-
#1: Be sure that God is saying it! If we’re not willing to be taught by others, why should we have the right to open our big mouths? If someone corrects us, and the truth they point to scriptural truth, then God has said it to us through them, and we should accept the criticism and change.
#2: If a proclaimed follower of Jesus corrects us and they have a messed up view of the scriptures, then we should gently correct them back. If they don’t accept the correction they should be taken through the steps of Matthew 18:15-20, and if they still don’t repent they should be strategically ignored with the hope of restoration. It’s good to read up on what good Bible scholars are saying about certain things. We can’t just believe what we want the Bible to say. We need to surrender to what it really says. The original authors never intended their writing to have multiple meanings (Vanhoozer- “Is There a Meaning in this Text?”)
#3: Remember that Jesus said that persecution awaits those who stand for Him. This is the same in America as everywhere else. It doesn’t mean that we should fulfill the bumper sticker that says: “Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you’re an (expletive)”, but it does mean that we should stand up for what God says, even when we’ll get flack for it.
#4: Do it with love! The greatest difference maker is a quiet, calm, good example in the midst of speaking the truth. “If we speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, we have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1). People that speak the truth have peace about their message.
God knows I need help in all of these areas. I still have a long way to go.
Let’s do everything in the power of the truth and mercy of God (Col. 3:17).