Fighting words and safe spaces
How the fight for America’s soul is being waged on college campuses, and why Christians are losing.
Spurgeon, Wesley, Luther,
Peter, Paul, Jesus
Prophets and John the Baptist
None ran away from confrontation, some provoked confrontation when doing so forced the truth to the surface (as Jesus frequently provoked the pharisees over his charges of hypocrisy.
Our faith has always existed in a furnace, being forged over time, tested and hardened. It is only through God’ grace through Jesus Christ that we are softened. But to be soft does not mean to surrender the fight or to retreat to a safe space.
Sometimes we must shake the dust off and leave, but sometimes we must stand firm, ignore the edicts of the power elite and speak the gospel loud and true.
The faith that moved mountains, that spread around the world, that hung on crosses and that created martyrs, that created abolition and women’s suffrage, that built hospitals and schools, the faith that was heralded by John the Baptist, that conquered death and sin, that broke the chains of hell. Is this the faith that we say today can be stopped by a sign that says “safe space”.
We must confront evil with love and with grace, never for ourselves, but for the truth. Street evangelists who may or may not be motivated for the right reasons, and groups like Westboro Baptist, right on sin but completely missing the message of grace, love and redemption are right now the only ones in the trenches working in America. Missionaries do great work, but they tend to do it in impoverished, third world countries and mass-evangelists (television or radio) speak primarily to the already converted. This is problematic because the great message of the gospel is left in the hands of poorly trained, sometimes untrustworthy and occasionally downright deplorable people with a loudspeaker and time on their hands.
But make no mistake, just being loud doesn’t matter. As Paul confronted intellectual elites with intellectual ideas, so too must we confront academia with suitable rhetoric, street atheism with meaningful and logical ideas and social media driven paragraphs length arguments with concise,, biblical supported truths. Fire and brimstone may be the lot for the unbeilver, but it should not be the message used to open doors. Too often, poorly catechized, though perhaps well meaning christians attempt to carry the message forward and yet they are woefully equipped, having faith that has never been intellectual tested themselves and they are trying to sell a faith to people who want ideas that make sense.