“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
Apparently this is no longer true.
It seems today people are more offended by names and words than by actual harmful things that happen.
For instance, Islam absolutely despises gay people. ISIS just last week threw four gay men off a roof to their death. Turkey, a heavily Muslim country, used police force (water cannons and pepper spray) to thwart a gay pride parade, yet I hear very few homosexual activists upset with anything Muslim.
Christianity, which largely just tells people we think homosexuality is a sin because the Bible says so, is under constant attack by homosexual groups.
Christians say what they believe; Muslims kill gay people. Guess who is seen as more evil? Those talky Christians.
It amazes me how offended people are by words. How fearful they are of the power of a word.
Why do people fear words so much while continually normalizing sinful actions?
I wonder how much the increasing censorship of words reveals the inherent power of God’s Word.
God created with a word. Jesus Christ is called the Word. Jesus Himself said, “the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
When Christ returns and wipes out all unrighteous people, we’re told He does this by a sword coming out of His mouth. This is figurative language, He’s not actually wielding a sword with his teeth.
The sword is His Word. The Word of God is called a sword in the armor of God. Hebrews says God’s Word is sharper than a two-edged sword.
God utilizes words very effectively. That’s why increasingly you will get in trouble for speaking God’s Word. That’s why increasingly, even though the world confidently tells us our religion is a crutch, they will be so afraid of God’s Word we preach that they’ll desire to silence it.
This is no surprise. God’s Word told us it would be this way.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Do you have faith to stick with God’s Word, or will you chuck it to keep earthly comfort and acceptance?
It’s a question we will increasingly have to consider.