(Job 7-9, Acts 7:44-60)
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” (Acts 7:51-53)
The Good News has a bite. There is nothing wimpy, or wishy-washy about the Gospel. It never nods to compromise or endorses sin. And yet, it is the epitome of love. The Gospel pulls us out of the pit, out of our deceptions and bondage. It never comforts us in our slavery. The Good News is this: Jesus is the Great Liberator.
The Gospel is confrontational. It must be! Though the nations rage, telling the truth is not the enemy of the soul. The Good News does not always come packaged in soothing words and soft music. When asked direct questions regarding sin, the messenger of the Gospel will never bow his or her head and say, “I don’t like to talk about such things.”
Messengers have died to the notion of winning a popularity contest, because the truth has never been, and will never be popular. The truth cuts! Oh, but that cut saves us. It frees us from that tumor that was seeping poison into our hearts, and we are healed and restored. Be a messenger. Do not shrink back from the glory of sharing the Gospel, because it is the truth that sets us all free.