Courage. It’s a rare thing these days. Hollywood confuses it with monolithic thinking and award show monologues cheered on by automatons from the Land of Make Believe. They think they’re being courageous by churning out more violence and whatever-sexuality in shows and movies masquerading as “entertainment”. What’s courageous about poisoning society?
Faux feminists think courage is shouting their abortions because keeping such a “deeply personal decision” between a woman and her abortionist wasn’t cutting it. Hello Twitterverse! Nothing like a pro-abortion social media platform that reduces killing millions of human beings to a hashtag.
Some think courage is parking one’s backside on a bench (although upgraded to a more “respectful” kneeling) during the National Anthem to protest a ‘racist country’ that made them millionaires who run around with a ball. I’d love to see how the NFL would react if a really courageous player refused to participate in the National Anthem to protest the social injustice of abortion.
Social Justice Warriors think courage is moving in rabid mobs with their chant-du-jour promising hellfire to anyone who dares embrace the First Amendment’s promise of free speech. College campuses are cultivating uninformed fascists who try to terrorize others into silence.
Our society confuses courage with cowardly conformism.
Even many churches and prominent church leaders, like Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC, value worldly popularity over the divisive nature of Truth. (Yes, our society’s often emasculated marketable Jesus is not the Savior of the Gospel who said He came to divide.) I’ll never forget when I heard Lentz say these words to Katie Couric: “Very rarely did Jesus ever talk about morality or social issues. He was about the deeper things of the heart.” Ummm, it’s called sin—the very thing that causes us to act immorally and create the social issues we face. We have too many pastors who capitulate on the indisputable orientation of the Word of God and, instead, try to give the Gospel reassignment surgery. Apparently, we’re not new creations, just the same substance simply in need of just being understood and untriggered.
I know it’s shocking, but Scripture is very exclusionary when it comes to sin. It doesn’t say cuddle up with it; it says, unambiguously, “hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” Too many spiritual “leaders” have tried to dilute the meaning of Love. But it’s an immutable thing, because God is Love, and He never changes. Scripture says with clarity in 1 Corinthians: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
We have to love people enough to tell them the truth. That’s real courage. Love illuminates. Love isn’t factophobic; it sets people free, enabling them to break away from the sin that used to define and bind them.
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