Everyone wants the truth. Until they don’t.
And usually, they don’t want the truth when it conflicts with what they believe. But just because the truth goes against one’s preconceived notions does not make it any less truthful.
And when truths we don’t like are presented, we fall back on the idea that we don’t like the truth because of how it is presented — even though we hate the truth regardless of presentation.
I get it. It’s human nature. Life would be exceptionally simple if we could truly all just get along. But the reality is we can’t.
And this may make some people upset or uncomfortable, but again, the truth doesn’t care about your feelings.
I know the criticisms of my work…
It’s not loving…
The tone is too harsh…
Yada. Yada. Yada.
Instead of dwelling on feelings and presentation, perhaps asking “is it true” should be more important.
Here at The Iowa Standard we only deal in public life. We do not go trudging through private life matters in attempts to hurt people. That’s just unnecessary. But when things are said publicly or done in public, then they’re fair game.
Now, I get it, confrontation isn’t for everyone. Considering the state of American churches, few people actually grasp the concept of righteous anger anymore. Instead, they have had their thinking warped into some lovey-dovey thing that would never criticize, never judge and never rebuke.
It’s a causality of conscience and castration of courage.
Rather than go along with the lovey-dovey, kumbaya, sola feels sort of fluff-stuff offered by many American churches in 2022, reflect on righteous anger.
Let me remind you that in this country we have innocent unborn babies being legally murdered, children being manipulated to mutilate their bodies and “change” genders, a push to “destigmatize” pedophilia, a complete redefinition of “family,” a political agenda set out to divide “oppressors” from people who were historically oppressed, an education system that rejects traditional beliefs and Christianity, as well as leaders who refuse to do the right thing.
I’m sorry, but if you cannot get on board in 2022 with the idea of righteous anger when your little granddaughter has to use the bathroom stall next to a 40-year-old man who thinks he is a woman, then I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. And I certainly don’t have time to play to your “feelings” when the world is seemingly, perhaps somewhat literally, going to hell in a handbasket.
How many more stories do we need to hear like the one from the bathroom in California where the 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the bathroom? Or the stories from Loudon County (Virginia) of girls being sexually assaulted in a school bathroom by a biologically male student?
Does it need to happen in Iowa for you to care first? Does it need to happen in your county? In your town? In your school? In your family?
Or isn’t it enough to simply spot evil and call it out for what it is?
I do not believe we have the luxury of time when it comes to standing up for what is right. How much worse does it have to get before fellow Christians begin to not just get upset but start actually doing something about it?
Again, to recap:
*Innocent unborn babies are being legally murdered
*Child sex trafficking fails to receive near the attention it needs
*Family has been completely redefined
*Children are having their bodies mutilated and lives permanently impacted due to gender confusion caused largely by the education system and/or relatives
And, by the way, if you don’t support, tolerate, accept and celebrate the evil in the world you are the problem.
There is a lack of urgency within the church, within the Republican Party and within the country when it comes to confronting the wickedness being not just committed, not just tolerated but outright celebrated.
There maybe was a time to call out the evil things taking hold in America in a Mister-Nice-Guy sort of way. But that time has long since passed.
We have a lot to clean up. Things are messy. As messy as they have ever been.
For some people, perhaps they aren’t too far off the beaten path where just a friendly nudge will set them straight. For others, it may take a pretty harsh dose of reality to bring them back into the good graces of sanity.
But I have kids who are going to grow up in the world I leave behind for them. And I cannot be more concerned with the “feelings” of people today than I am the future for them.
It is important for Christians — mature Christians — to understand criticism isn’t hate and a harsh tone isn’t unloving.
Sometimes criticism and correction are the most loving things we can provide.
Look, we’re all human. None of us is always right. I get it. And my style may not be your style.
But don’t let preference get in the way of professing the truth. One person’s way of accomplishing things may look drastically different than the next person’s method.
That’s just how this works.
It’s easy to sit back and be an armchair quarterback when it comes to dissecting how someone else takes on the evil that is literally all around us. It is quite another for people to get up, stand up and speak up against it in their own regard.
As a great pastor once said — I like my way of doing something better than your way of doing nothing.