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A new open door

Culture shifted. Absolute truth died. There’s a new standard that’s defended as undeniable, as the only right way to live: Your truth is your truth; someone else’s truth is his or her truth. It’s called relativism; it’s really the devil’s playground.

The greatest offense today is telling others their truth is wrong and yours is right. That’s overwhelming and intimidating to most Christians because we know believing that Jesus is the only way to heaven and that the Bible is the only absolute truth is naturally offensive to people. It’s scary to open your mouth and boldly proclaim with Peter, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This eternal truth is denounced as archaic, verbally abusive, and downright wrong.

So how do you confidently live and express your faith in this environment?

Actually, this environment is one of the greatest open doors to the gospel! Be like Paul. When he was in Athens, the people there believed in many false gods. But rather than complaining about their culture, Paul used it. He found a statue with the inscription “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” (Acts 17:23) and connected the people to the gospel of Christ.

Let’s use today’s culture in reference to Christ. In relativism, no one can tell you your personal truth is wrong. So . . . tell your truth, the truth of how God’s love gives you peace, how the power of God did the impossible for you. Tell others about Jesus by sharing how Jesus’ mercy gives you confidence to face each day. They’ll often listen if you say it like this: “For me, I have found strength to endure by trusting in Christ. That’s why I have such hope.” From their perspective, you simply shared your truth. You didn’t force your opinion on them as the only right way, and you didn’t pressure them to believe it. You can’t make them believe anyway. That’s the Spirit’s job. Your job is to plant the seed of the gospel.

In a culture that seems so hostile to the truth of God’s Word, go back to what you know is absolute truth. Go back to Jesus.

In relativism, no one can tell you your personal truth is wrong. So . . . tell your truth, the truth of how God’s love gives you peace.

Use 1 Peter 3:15 as your unwavering guide. “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” Without hesitation but also without antagonization, proclaim Christ in your words and actions. “Always be prepared to give an answer.” When you live for Christ, you will stick out. Listen for times to subtly yet specifically share the truth “to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” You have the triune God, a God of purpose and order. Talk in the first person about how Christ impacted your past (giving you the peace of forgiveness), how the Father calms your present (knowing he powerfully and personally protects and provides for you), and how the Spirit guides your future (leading you in paths of righteousness and faithfulness). That’s a peace and confidence that everyone needs. So, tell them. Proclaim this perspective-altering, eternity-changing truth. “But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Share your story, which is God’s story. Tell others how you’ve seen God’s power and presence in your life. And after you share that truth, pray the Spirit will work in their hearts to see the truth that Jesus’ grace covers them too!

Author: Jonathan Enter
Volume 110, Number 10
Issue: October 2023

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