Offensive but Defended

And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.
Jeremiah 1:18-19

Christ is offensive. The Gospel is offensive. The Bible is offensive.

"Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you." 1 John 3:13

Think of all the articles on the Internet and posts on Facebook calling Christians bigots, haters, and hypocrites. Unfortunately sometimes people who say they follow Christ act this way, which grieves God's heart.

But even if we speak the truth in love, it will not always be well received. No one wants to hear they're a sinner in need of a Savior. Mainstream culture tells us we're essentially good and we can improve ourselves. The idea of the Gospel is just so offensive.

Jeremiah's message was not going to be accepted, and he knew it. He was, understandably, quite afraid of how the people of Judah would respond. Yet God made Jeremiah impenetrable. God promised to be with him every step.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

Jeremiah was not fighting against the people of Judah; he was fighting against Satan, who was trying to steal their hearts. We are in the same battle. Do not ever think a discussion about sin in the world should be done by attacking and demeaning those who are doing wrong. Our battle is against the devil, not people.

If we are speaking what God wants us to when He wants us to in the way He wants us to, we need not fear.

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."
Matthew 10:28a

Nothing people say or do to us can remove our salvation. When we trust in Christ alone, we are guaranteed eternal life because of what Christ has done, and there is nothing anyone can do to negate that. Not even death can separate us from His love!

It is scary and heart-wrenching to think of what some Christians have endured for the sake of the Gospel. But Christ is our firm foundation, our cornerstone. We will not be shaken. We may endure pain, suffering, and rejection in this world, but our Lord has promised He will never leave us. We may be called to die for the sake of the Gospel, but if we do, we will be with the Lord.

Our mission may be offensive to many, but Almighty God is our defender.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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