I enjoy the game of politics and the presidential race for 2016 has me very interested. The two most popular candidates in the Republican Party at this time are both known for speaking in bold and clear terms that no one could ever misunderstand or misinterpret. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Given the times, I understand this draw to politicians who speak bluntly.
Recently I asked a woman why she supported one of these two men. Her answer was simple: “He kicks @%&!”
Human nature is to avoid ideas which are stark. Black-and-white is offensive because it reveals differences. Absolutes are brutal because they leave no “wiggle-room” for compromise. We much prefer the soft-edged tones of pastel grays where right and wrong are measured in limitless degrees and truth is subtle and fluid rather than bold and brash. We’ve accepted heroes who blur the lines between good and evil.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me (John 14:6).
Unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood you have no life in you (John 6:53).
You will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins (John 8:24).
You must be born again … Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? (John 3:7, 11).
You hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27).
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him … But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me (John 8:44, 45).
Many people think of Jesus as being a very gray guy. He was gentle, kind, soft-spoken and lovingly walked about whispering, “God loves you.” To them, He moved in foggy shadows and misty rainbows unlike the cruel, angry, cut-and-dried meany God of the Old Testament. However, if you don’t see the starkness and brutality in Jesus’ statements above, you don’t understand what He was saying. Those who heard His words understood perfectly. Jesus left no room for gray, and His audience was offended, hated Him, accused Him, and plotted to murder Him. In fact, in John 6, all but 12 of Jesus’ own disciples were so offended by His words that they abandoned Him.
Jesus never veiled the truth in dainty terms. He made it so clear that children could understand it and blind men could see it. Don’t be afraid to let people know what you believe and why. Don’t be ashamed of the truth nor speaking the truth in clear terms. Yes, it is a stumbling block and offensive to those who deny it (1 Corinthians 1:23), but it also leaves no room to wiggle on the Day of Judgment.