As I mentioned yesterday, the word, “offensive”, now holds a new meaning (telling the truth to those who don’t want to hear it). And today I want to look at how our society has used words and redefined them to suit their selfish desires.
And here’s where I’m going to unashamedly be offensive. I hope you can bear with me.
Yesterday someone posted how they went to church and no one had mentioned the election, and that equated to… “peace.” This got me to thinking about how our world has also redefined peace, which to them means no struggles or troubles, or turmoil or conflicts. We just blindly go through life and zip our lip on truth and justice.
Are we, as Christians, called to be “at peace with the world”?
Before I answer that, let’s look at some other words that have recently been redefined, not by the dictionary, but by our culture:
tolerance: only one belief or opinion is accurate and anyone who disagrees with it should be shunned and shamed; silencing those who disagree with you.
civil rights: reverse racism that is acceptable and even considered justice and retribution for slavery hundreds of years ago.
affirmative action: free college for anyone who isn’t white; exclusive black groups are perfectly acceptable, white groups are expelled as racist.
bully: see tolerance.
peace: everyone lives in perfect harmony and nothing is confronted.
human rights: accepting and making into law sexual immorality
women’s rights: murdering innocent, unborn babies
reproductive rights: see women’s rights
equality: demanding something you didn’t earn so you can be on equal “standing”.
Christian: evil, homophobic bigots; stupid and uneducated who use an ancient book for guidance.
Now when Jesus said, “Peace I leave you,” He concluded that the peace He leaves is not the peace of this world (John 14:27). To sum it up, consider the New Living Translation (NLT):
“I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.”
The Message is even more clear:
“I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft.”
Jesus’ peace is inward. It is to reflect a peace that resides in us. A peace about the understanding and truth that we know to be true. It means we don’t need to doubt what God says, because peace will answer our questions.
The peace of the world wants no conflict. They don’t want to be faced with their sin and shame. They want you and me to just accept anything. And if you look at all those redefined words, every single one of them means just that: do not tell me I’m wrong, because I’m right.
So if that’s the world’s idea of peace, we as Christians are not to be at peace with the world. The world, as we know, has been given over to Satan (see 2 Corinthians 4:4, John 12:31, and Ephesians 2:2). If we are fearful of being offensive (speaking the truth) and we are only seeking the world’s idea of peace (being ashamed of the gospel and truth, and unwilling to challenge the falseness against God), then our eternal outlook is gloomy.
“If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating Me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.” (John 15:18-19 MSG)
In a nutshell, Jesus tells us the world SHOULD hate us, and if they don’t then it’s obvious we are of this world and not of God. I, for one, do not want to stand before God and have him show me all the people I led astray because I wanted peace and refused to be offensive. And just because your pastor keeps telling you those sins of the Bible are now acceptable to God and we need to get with the times, I deplore you to search your own soul and consider this:
“For the leaders of the people have misled them. They have led them down the path of destruction.” (Isaiah 9:16)
We are being misled at every direction. If your pastor is speaking peace and tolerance, you may need to find a new church. Because Christ didn’t give us peace of this world, but peace of mind and heart to do what’s right even when everyone else tells us we’re wrong.
Oh, how the world has redefined us…