Good Morning February 15

We are a people who believe in free speech, but unfortunately it is becoming less free. Those in power have become so sensitive about offending people that certain words have been banned. Even “him” and “her”, “he” and “she” are called into question. To have a Bible sitting on an office desk, or wearing a cross are considered offensive in some places. Laws have been enacted banning hate speech. There are countries where pastors have been prosecuted for preaching against homosexuality. Jesus was a pretty plain spoken man calling the spiritual leaders hypocrites and whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones, and the ruler of the country a fox. Of course we know what they did with Jesus. The point is not that we go out of our way to offend people. Scripture does caution us to watch our tongue. But in reality God’s truth is offensive. God’s truth confronts all the false truths upon which our broken world has established itself. In Ephesians 4:15 St. Paul teaches us to “speak the truth in love”. In some places that will get us censured or worse, but our desire is always for people to find the “truth in Christ that sets them free”.