Summary: In a world filled with political correctness, Christians have a duty to stand up and speak the truth. Believers have to stand steadfast to the principles taught to us in Scripture. We are to proclaim the truth no matter what the world will say in response
Steadfast Or Intolerant?
As Christians, we often hear the world talk about intolerance and how that word applies to us as Christians. We have talked about the words tolerance and intolerance before and how the politically correct people in this country have hijacked these words and have used them against people like us, Christians, in particular for quite some time.
The main reason in my mind for the disconnect between the world and Christians like us as it relates to tolerance and intolerance is that the world doesn’t understand why we believe what we believe and why we find it so important to hold onto what we believe so strongly.
The Word of God is very plain when it tells us that we have to own what we believe and live what we believe all of the time. We as Christians believe that every word in the Bible is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
The Bible is not something that we can pick and choose what we believe. When we became Christians, belief in the Word of God was not optional nor were we given the prerogative to read through it and say “I don’t like that passage of Scripture” or give God suggestions about how if He would have asked me about this topic then I think that I could have done that better. That’s not up to us, is it?
If we believe that the Bible is 100% true then we have to hold steadfastly to the truths found in it. This is where there is a huge difference in what we believe versus what the world believes. We are to be steadfast in all that we believe as Christians but the world bases what they believe a lot of times on emotion or flat out falsehoods, shifting morals and ethics.
In 1st Corinthians chapter 15 verse 58 Paul wrote this to us: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
There has been a story that has been circulating in one form or another since 1931 and many people have told this story as true but as your Pastor it’s my job to tell yall the truth and the truth of the matter is that the following illustration is completely false! And while this tale is false, the message that it conveys is very relevant to what I’m trying to get across to all of us today. The name of the ship involved has changed many times over the years but in today’s version the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier and its battle group is being used.
The USS Abraham Lincoln was patrolling off the coast of Newfoundland in a gale that was blowing and whipping the waves into frenzy. This great ship, commanded the seas wherever she would sail. Every ship that would approach her would quickly give way for no one would dare to challenge her.
One night the ocean the ocean swells began to rise and fall as full gale winds blew. When suddenly, dead ahead a light broke through the darkness. The alarm was sounded and the captain was called to the bridge. Surely this was just a passing freighter on its way to a safe harbor.