“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”-Galatians 6:1
The philosophy these days is “don’t-offend-anyone”. You know it’s bad when even Christians are afraid to speak up against moral and spiritual wrongs. The bible doesn’t tell us to be purposefully mean and hurtful to anyone, that would be wrong. BUT we are to warn others if we see them headed for danger or a pitfall.-Ecclesiastes 4:10 If you have the spiritual eyes to see what is up ahead, warn those that cannot see or understand. Yes, the guilty person may yell on facebook, or on the phone when they feel their violation of God’s principles has been exposed, but it still is your obligation to help them, and it is not “hateful” or “unloving” of us to help them.
There was a time in my younger years I was seeing a guy who was going through a divorce (so he said) and my Uncle, decided to confront me and tell me I should not be seeing this guy and how wrong it was for me to be with him. I listened to what he was saying but My thoughts-“I didn’t care what he said. Who was he to tell me what to do he has been divorced and remarried numerous times! It’s my life I will make my own choices and everybody else can mind their own business!” I knew what I wanted to do and thats all that mattered. It didn’t seem wrong at the time. I didn’t realize God was using him at that moment to be a light in my world because I wasn’t where I needed to be with God. God calls all of us to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, so we need to preserve the world by fighting and exposing things that can harm someone elses spiritual life.-Matthew 5:13-16
The jeers made at you when you speak out are just the “light” altering the darkness. The bible does not say to tolerate sin, and to be quiet and allow it to continue unopposed. We are in a battle, it seems many forget this.-Ephesians 6:12 If God sends us help we better take the time to listen and consider what is being said even if our toes get stepped on in the process. I certainly wish I would have listened to my Uncle. I would have a few less regrets and embarrassing moments in my life like when I ran into “the wife” at the mall who said there was never a divorce and that they were still trying to work things out. I am sharing all this with you because it is important for you for you to STOP being blinded by your stubbornness and thinking others are being “hateful” and “unloving” when they condemn your sin! That isn’t the case!
It takes a whole lot more love to speak up against sin and voice a Biblical opinion against a socially accepted sin and be unpopular. It can only be love when someone stands up against the hisses of the others; when they speak out against sin. When you know something is wrong or you have been a situation before and you keep your mouth shut when you can help someone...you are not showing any love or compassion! Speaking Up is called tough love and sometimes it hurts, but we are supposed to encourage others to do the right thing even if it is the unpopular thing to do, painful, costly, or inconvenient. If you really love them, you will help them - no matter what!
Stop using the word “love” so loosely. If you love those around you, and you know the Biblical truth and know who it comes from, it is our commanded responsibility to share it with them so they do not get hurt. If you know that something is wrong, don’t look the other way. Speak Up! It doesn’t matter if its premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, bullying, divorce, cussing, drugs, or any other sin. SIN IS SIN! If you don’t speak up to help others who will? Speaking out against sin is not judging. We’ve all heard the defensive quote, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, to get conviction off their backs. Yes, the Bible does say it, but discerning wrong activity is not judging. We have to discern many things in the world. If you don’t discern that the stove is hot you will burn yourself everyday.
If someone chooses to be ignorant and stubborn when you offer biblical or relational insight in their situation that could direct them to the right path because, at least you spoke up. “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”-Proverbs 12:15 If we know the truth we should brandish it with honor. Staying silent is the reason why lives, relationships, and the world are crumbling. SPEAK UP!