Like Titus, you and I are called to “declare [biblical truth]; exhort and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15a). All three verbs are present tense imperatives, ongoing commands from the Lord of the universe to us. To “declare” is to speak; to “exhort” is to encourage or implore people to obey what they hear; to “rebuke” is to correct and call to repentance those who do not. We are to do this “with all authority,” regardless of the response.
If this term of the Supreme Court reveals anything, it’s that it is committed to balancing religious freedom protections with honoring the “right to define one’s own concept of existence,” a concept infamously invented by Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1992. In my opinion, the Court is not succeeding at threading this needle.
A group of Republican Christians are urging other Republicans and Christians not to re-elect President Trump. But, in voting for the President, we are not supporting President Trump’s past lifestyle; we are supporting a movement back to God.
To speak biblical truth to causes like abortion on demand, premarital and extramarital sex, same-sex and polyamorous marriage, gender fluidity, transgender locker rooms and sports participation, acceptance of pornography, euthanasia, among other things has been branded as “intolerant" in today's culture.
Sometimes we pour out our hearts to God and our prayers are answered immediately. However, more often than not, we don’t get instant results. And when we don’t, it’s easy to give up after praying for the same thing over and over again. Our efforts may seem futile. But the powerful lesson that we learn from Isaac and Rebekah is that we must press on and press forward with our prayers. The very next prayer may be the one that opens the door.
Jesus judged not to shame but to love. Not to lift up Himself but to lift up the one in need of judgment. Unlike the Pharisees who arbitrarily judged others against their own self-imposed standards of living, Jesus judged others against God’s Word, the only standard by which Christians are called to live and hold one another accountable.
As Chuck Colson always said, the only way to truly understand a worldview is follow it to its logical conclusion. The worldview of the sexual revolution is built on three ideas. First, sex, marriage, and babies are separable. Second, men and women are interchangeable. And, third, sexual autonomy is human dignity.