God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.
Strapped for time today, so allow me to get directly to my point. I see a pervasive reluctance to call sin sin in the wider Christian environment in America. Not in every Christian church or in every Christsian home or in every Christian pub, but definitely as the majority posture of the mainstream American Protestant environment. I see a fear of offending the dominant culture, the one that is dark and under the sway of Satan and in need of a Savior (see Ephesians 2:1-3). It’s a sort of, “Yes, yes, we know abortion is murder and homosexuality is sinful, but why do we have to talk about it?” And the answer of course is that people are dying, because sin both physically and spiritually kills. And we have no problem talking about racial hatred or greed or judgmentalism being sinful, because those are chic and acceptable and cool conversations to have in 2017 America. But a prophet doesn’t call for repentance from only the sins everybody is in agreement on. And every nation needs Godly prophets.
Every nation needs men and women who will tell it all that the Bible says.
The Word of God is a good thing, meaning it is a thing meant for our good and it is itself intrinsically good and beautiful and true. Our neighbors need it. And we need to have the conviction that they need it. We should lovingly, patiently tell people, people we care for and sacrifice for and listen to, about their wickedness.
Or they’ll never turn from it and be blessed.