17 January 2021
Acts 20:26-32 'Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves … So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.' (NIV)
Today, we live in a world that is wild about political correctness. People are not supposed to say or do certain things because they may offend someone else. As a society, we have tried to remove all proscriptions, all rules of living. Then, because we can see how dangerous that is to society, we try to replace God's protective rules with petty, misguided, human ones. As Christians, we need to be on our guard against this kind of cowardly living. Throughout his Christian life, Paul made a bold stand for truth, even when it cost him friends or antagonised powerful enemies. He advised us to keep watch over ourselves or, to be 'on our toes'. It's so easy for us to lose the valuable deposit of truth God has placed in our lives, to sink back into the politically correct thinking that pervades our world. We should watch our own lives, and help to keep watch over other believers. We shouldn't be afraid of contentious issues, so that we just wander about repeating what the world has spoonfed us. We need to think in an original way, speaking and trying to model the whole counsel of God, by his grace.
Prayer: 'Lord Jesus, help me to stay wary of the culture in which I live. I can engage the lives and needs of people without being sucked into the values of the world in which they live. I want to make a bold stand for your truth and to help make others strong in the faith.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004