In 2 Timothy 1:13-14 Paul was explaining our role as Christians being intrusted and instructed to uphold, teach, and protect biblical truths. This has been a struggle for most modern day Christians. The struggle most modern day Christians are facing is the fine line between sparing feelings and lack of knowledge of the written word.
Although we are in an information age where one can easily access Bible aps, Facebook pages and blogs overflowing with Godly context, there is a gap. A gap between knowledge and truths; and the temporary landfill that is bridging the gap is a conglomeration of niceness, agreeableness, and acceptance to be liked at all costs. With the lack of knowledge Christians may feel confused about most issues. Though they may not like what they hear and see, they use the context of “love” to validate ungodly acts as being Ok. Sin is sin and there is no Grey area in the matter. (1 John 1:8 AMP) 8 If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we deludeand lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].
We as Christian leaders, parents, and loved ones often feel we have a choice to make here. Either be politically correct to gain members at our churches, and to keep the peace in one sided relationships with families, friends, and colleagues; or speak the truth potentially losing those we love, and lose many from our congregations. Let’s be honest here. It’s your salvation on the line here. Jesus gave specific instructions on how to spread his teachings. (Matthew 28:19-20 AMP) 19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them [a]into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you [b]all the days ([c]perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. [d]Amen (so let it be).
Truth be told, you can love without agreeing. You can love and still share the word of God in it’s entirity. It all comes down to choice. Do we as Christians sugar coat and water down the word of God to keep the peace? Do we as leaders in the church avoid biblical teachings and truths to bring in members? Absolutely not. (2 Timothy 2:15 AMP) 15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. To rightly handle the word of God is to live, speak, and share the whole word of God. This means you have to be brave about it. Not brash, not harsh, brave! Brave in the way you live. Brave in the way you talk. Brave in the way you serve others. Be brave in the way you teach others.
Being brave doesn’t mean you have to be confrontational. When asked your views on subjects be brave enough to share your views by biblical principal. As forever growing Christians, if you don’t know what the word of God says about an issue don’t agree, or approve of a matter to be nice. Simply state that you don’t know how you feel on the issue because you haven’t consulted the scripture in the matter. You can stay objective without compromising your Christianity, and you have to realize you are souly responsible for what you teach to others pertaining to the words of God. (Ephesians 4:25 AMP) 25 Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body andmembers one of another. You don’t lead a horse to water to drown the poor creature. You lead a hose to water to keep the horse from thirst; and you sure as heck wouldn’t lead that horse to poisoned water. You have to look at biblical truth in the same manner!
2 Timothy 1:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus.14 Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.