In a postmodern culture obsessed with feelings and political correctness, the Church must stop apologizing for “the way that God thinks and acts and what He says is right and wrong,” Francis Chan recently said.
But amid the push to be inclusive and understanding, Chan said “one of the most important passages for our generation” is Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
‘“I’ve read a couple of modern books where people will say, ‘Why would God do this? I wouldn’t do it,’” he said. “It’s coming from this mindset where, whether you know it or not, you believe your mind is the ultimate. And what God’s saying is, ‘I don’t think like you.’”
“I read the Old Testament and so many times I go, 'I wouldn’t have done that’. And God says, ‘there is a reason you wouldn’t, because you don’t think like I do.’”
The pastor warned that in its compassion for people, the Church has “lost this understanding that ‘yes, I feel your hurt, but my biggest concern is you’re not seeing the center of it all and you’re not seeing this Being who is so far beyond you that you have to answer to. And that’s bigger than the hurt that you’re currently facing, and His thoughts are so far beyond ours.’”
“There needs to be a way in which the Church no longer apologizes for the way that God thinks and acts and what He says is right and wrong,” he emphasized.
Half of Christian pastors say they frequently (11%) or occasionally (39%) feel limited in their ability to speak out on moral and social issues because people will take offense.
“The stakes are high in the public square,” the researchers wrote. “The issues pastors feel most pressured to speak out on are the same ones they feel limited to speak on."
There are times when Christians are amidst situation where they do not open their opinion before others though they knew it is true. Rather they feel the other person might feel hurt or offended if they share the truth out.
Do you face similar issue? How do you confront it or what is your usual response in these situations?