O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
The message of Jesus Christ is good news to the lost and dying, sin-sick world — although it can be easy to lose sight of that. The world we live in is hostile to the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course, it is! Jesus requires that the idols of one’s life be displaced and replaced. Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus requires surrendering to self on every level.
Jesus warned that there would be resistance when He said,
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” John 15:18
Because of the intense resistance, many are tempted to shy away from the ridicule, shaming, and rejection streaming from the mockers of the world. Sometimes those clashes are very public thanks to the media and social platforms.
My husband and I had an interesting conversation about a recent controversy surrounding a young Christian artist. My stance was that someone on her team should’ve prepped her on how to deal with difficult and controversial questions. My insight was just to refer people to the Bible – not to answer the question directly, but be indirect.
But my husband had a very different answer. He said opportunities to stand up don’t come around every day. That we must stand with the apostles and martyrs who have gone before us. We must not compromise but be willing to endure the violent reaction from the anti-Christ spirit at work in the world.
He was right! (Ha! I’m sure he will print and frame those words)
We are called to proclaim the Good News boldly!
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
Another friend explained the Gospel as the thing that rescues people from harming themselves. We know sin hurts people. If someone was standing right in front of us, physically harming themselves, wouldn’t we intervene?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s intervention on our behalf. Now that we are the rescued, we must dare to declare the truth from the mountain tops without shame or compromise!
What are your thoughts?
When faced with scrutiny regarding socially difficult topics, what is your reaction?
Is your message bold and daring?
How can believers present their message with boldness and authority without sacrificing love?