For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 30:9-11 (ESV)

Read Isaiah 30 in it’s entirety if you get a chance. I feel like this chapter speaks into the mindset of the world today. People are unwilling to hear what God has to say to them. They would rather keep living their lives the way they want without considering whether their way opposes God’s will. 

Preachers are told to avoid using the word “sin” and cautioned to stay away from socially divisive topics such as hell, gender confusion, or other hot topics. For some reason, we may be able to get away with saying certain things like murder, lying, and cheating are sins but say that about sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, or try to explain that God made us male and female and that He wasn’t confused about it, and suddenly we’re in hot water. 

Christians are told to keep their mouths shut and let society do what it wants while we either get on board the bullet train of societal “truth” or at least keep our thoughts to ourselves. Society only wants to hear nice things, things that support their personal “truth.” 

I can’t really blame them either. We’ve spent so much time undoing the damage we inflicted on each other through wars, inequality, bigotry, and hatred that we’ve now entered the “anything goes” phase. It seems the only ones who are shunned are those who say, “We’ve gone too far. Let’s let God’s standard be our standard.” 

My favorite topic is God’s love and forgiveness. It’s easy to talk about, it makes us feel good. It lifts us up and helps us come to Him when life is hard. I don’t really enjoy writing about His judgment because I might be misunderstood. It might be taken the wrong way. People may think I hate others who don’t follow God’s teachings. 

But silence on hard subjects is not kindness, it is fear. Fear should not rule us. Fear keeps us from the life saving work of speaking the truth in love so others can discover the truth that sets them free.

The truth is that if people don’t know what God says they won’t know any truth other than what society tells them. And truth that fluctuates with the tides, isn’t a truth you can trust. As followers of Jesus, we can either learn to speak the truth in love and help others break free from the chains of society’s lies or we can speak only the easy things and watch them sink under the weight of a self-conjured untruth. 

In the end a hard truth is kinder than an easy lie.

God’s Word is truth. God cannot lie and He does not change. He isn’t influenced by society, and He doesn’t bend to the will of the majority. God is God, not man. God is the Creator, not the created. God is the designer, therefore He knows how we were designed to live. His ways are best because He knows how He made us!

We can’t even figure out if we’re male or female anymore. If society is this confused, I’d really rather put my trust in the One who is not confused. 

We are told to trust our natural inclinations and let that dictate our actions. I’m sorry, but that is horrible advice. History is clear, our natural inclinations include fighting, killing, power grabs, and oppression. Take a look at the anxiety and depression rate and you’ll see what following society’s whims leads to. 

I’m not saying the Christian life is perfect. Of course, not. Humans aren’t perfect, therefore Christians aren’t perfect. History shows us that too. But don’t confuse the worst behavior of human Christians with God’s commands and Jesus’ example of godly behavior.

We don’t worship each other, we worship the God who sent His Son to die for us. We follow Jesus Christ because He is Immanuel, God with us, and we listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who resides within us because He speaks the unwavering truth.

Now for the Easy Truth

God loves you. No matter your history, no matter your present circumstances, no matter how far you feel from God, no matter how angry you are, no matter how confused you are, God loves you. He died for you. And He longs to draw you near to Him so that He can show you the truth of who you are and who He made you to be. 

You are His masterpiece in progress. It is worth facing the hard things and turning your choices over to God. Ironically, surrendering to God is the only way to freedom. His ways are truth and life. I know it’s scary. I’ve hidden from Him when I didn’t want to change certain things about my life. 

He’s calling  you to hear the truth. Come out of the shadows and let His light break upon you. He’s inviting you to see and to walk the narrow path that leads to Him.

Father, we thank You for Your forgiveness, kindness, and love. We know that You are truth but sometimes those truths require us to turn from a part of our lives we’ve accepted and even built our identities upon. We ask that you open our eyes so we can see Your truth and turn from any lies we’ve believed. We don’t want to just hear the easy things, we want to hear the whole truth so we can build our lives upon You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spread the spark of hope everywhere you go,

Michelle

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