In Defense of Truth

A good and faithful gospel preacher sent me an e-mail recently listing some biblical headlines as today’s anti-Christian media might write them. They included the following:

On the Red Sea crossing:

WETLANDS TRAMPLED IN LABOR STRIKE

Pursuing Environmentalists Killed

On David vs. Goliath:

HATE CRIME KILLS BELOVED CHAMPION

Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock

On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:

FIRE SENDS RELIGIOUS RIGHT EXTREMIST INTO FRENZY

400 Killed

On the birth of Christ:

HOTELS FULL, ANIMALS LEFT HOMELESS

Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple

On feeding the 5,000:

PREACHER STEALS CHILD’S LUNCH

Disciples Mystified Over Behavior

While these might appear humorous, they do reflect a malignity in our society detrimental to Christianity: the bias of the media. We are living in a time when the media calls “evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).”

The implicit issue in this parody is: What shall we do? Shall we lower our eyes, wring our hands and merely wonder what this old world is coming to? Or shall we speak out? It might cause controversy. It might offend. Nevertheless, to leave a soul in falsehood is condemned (Ezekiel 33:8-9). We have an obligation to teach the lost, which is intrusive by its very nature and explains why the Jews killed Jesus, stoned Stephen, and tried to persecute Christians right out of Jerusalem. To correct public misconceptions concerning the Lord’s church, and Christians in general, requires that we grow be courageous, risk rejection and, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), speak out against error.

The next time you hear someone make a derisive comment about the Lord’s church, Christians, or the Bible, be “set for the defence of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17, KJV).

JDS