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Recently, students in a Christian Worldview class at a Christian school in Louisville, Kentucky, were given an assignment to “write a letter to a friend of your same gender who is struggling with homosexuality. ... The aim of your letter should be to lovingly and compassionately speak truth to the person you’re talking to in a way that does not approve of any sin. Instead, try to persuade them of the goodness of God’s design for them.”
Shortly thereafter, the parents of a friend of one of the students got wind of the assignment and pushed it out on social media in an effort to “expose” this horrible thing. From there, The Louisville Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky’s paper of record, got wind of the social media post and printed an article about it. And from there, media from all over the country jumped on it. And jump on it they did! Condemnation has poured out on this school from all over the country by both the news media and on social media. I mean, after all, what in the world is a Christian school doing promoting biblical teachings and Christian values? The shame of it all! Who could even imagine such a thing? (My best attempt at sarcasm. I had to insert this disclaimer because it seems that these days a lot of people are not intelligent enough to recognize it. SMH)
Well folks, that is what it has come to these days. But this kind of attack certainly can’t be a surprise to anyone who believes the Bible. Even way back in Old Testament times the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 5:20, said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” And in the New Testament, in Romans 1:25, the apostle Paul spoke of those who “... exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator....” Literally nothing has changed over the centuries.
Of course, most people don’t really likes confrontation. In the past it was much easier to just hunker down a for a short time and let it all blow over. That was perhaps not the best way to handle a situation like this, but it could easily be done.
It seems those days are over. Immoral behavior based on a non-biblical worldview has not only become prominent in modern society, it has come to dominate most of its institutions. Hunkering down and waiting for things to blow over is no longer an option for Christians who are serious about holding on to their biblical faith and living it out in society. The attacks have become so pervasive that Christian haters seek out any vestige of Christian values they can find, and attack with a vengeance in an attempt to totally obliterate it.
There is only one real option left for Christians these days, and that is to boldly stand up to the attacks. That does not mean we have to be hateful and ugly in the same way as those who attack. What it does mean, though, is that Christians must be bold in standing up to the opposition and pushing back with the truth against those who attack with their lies.
Pulling this off, though, will require a higher level of commitment and sacrifice than what has been generally displayed up until now. This commitment and sacrifice will require a couple of things.
First, it will require that we have our hearts and minds firmly planted in our relationship with God. We have to remember, as a pastor friend of mine once put it, that these haters are not our enemies, they are our mission. God desires to use us to not merely defend the Christian faith, but to bring those outside of a relationship with Christ into the fellowship of the body.
The second requirement is a willingness to become trained in how to express the truth of the gospel in the face of fierce opposition. In particular, an understanding of worldview concepts is critical. This gives us not only a firm grasp of the truth of the Christian faith, but also of the falsity of opposing beliefs. We must have this knowledge in order to have confidence as we push back against the evil in a Christlike way.
So that’s where we are. We have come to the place where it is time to put up or shut up. What active steps are you willing to take right now to put yourself in a position to be God’s agent for the gospel of truth in modern society?
(If you would like to explore the possibility of having MarketFaith Ministries bring this kind of Christian worldview training to your church or Christian organization, contact us at email@example.com.)
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
You may also contact Freddy at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.
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