Each one of us has a voice. Soft, gentle, loud, irritating, cross, annoying, etc., the voice types are unending but the one thing that is true for each of us is that we all have a voice. Whether we choose to use that voice determines if we are going to be heard.
Just this last month we heard the voice of Phil Robertson, from Duck Dynasty, say what was on his mind. For some, what he said was harsh and unnecessarily over the top and for others what he said was real and straight forward. Whether you liked what he said or not is not what matters. The fact that he chose to use his voice is what is important. How many Christians are standing up and saying to the world what God’s word says about sin? One of the things that Phil Robertson said was “Everything is blurred on what’s right and wrong … sin becomes fine.” The truth of that statement should be shouted from every church steeple in America. But instead of the world looking at the sins that we have allowed to turn us form God and His word, we have chosen to focus on the descriptive nature of one sin in hopes of deflecting the conversation away from the truth of God’s word.
We are a nation that is becoming more afraid of what man thinks than what God says. For too long we in America have remained quiet out of fear of offending someone. Yet while we sit around afraid to speak, our brothers and sisters are dying and going to hell. I am not talking about one sin over another; I am speaking about the sinful nature of all mankind. God does not put degrees on our sins, we do. God say that we all have “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
The bible tells us the story of one man’s journey to hell.
“ And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” Luke 16:22-24 KJV
Once the reality of hell took hold of the rich man, he begged Abraham to send Lazarus back from death to warn his brothers of hell. This rich man no longer feared rejection; he only cared that his brothers would be saved from the eternal damnation of hell that he would endure.
We must become more like Jesus. Jesus was moved with compassion to share His love of the Father with all that he encountered and yet that love did not stop Him from requiring the turning away from sin. When the teachers and Pharisees brought Jesus the woman caught in adultery, He did not stone her. He showed her love. Yet Jesus did not stop there. He told her to “go and leave her life of sin (John 8:11).” Jesus used the voice that God had given Him to share God’s love but also God’s commandment that we turn from sin.
Use the voice that God has given you. Share Jesus with someone today. But know that accepting Jesus requires that we turn from our sins. Take the time to read the full scripture that Phil Robertson referred to in the GQ article. For we were all sinners and salvation allowed us to turn from our sins.
“ Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,
10 Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.
11 And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God.” 1Corinthians 6:9-11AMP