Do you want to walk close with God and experience intimacy with Jesus and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in fresh new ways? Dig into the Bible, accept what it teaches, and live it out. One of the most reckless, radical, and bold things a person can do in our world today is declare that they believe what the Bible teaches.
A few decades ago, if a young girl got pregnant and was not married, people were shocked. For better or for worse, it was a scandal. Sometimes that girl would move away for a time. People were concerned for her. The reality caused people to blush.
Our culture has become a blush free zone! It is difficult to shock anyone anymore. We have exposed ourselves, and the next generation, to things that used to cause embarrassment and shock…now it is all common place. Just think about it, today, if a girl is 16, pregnant, and not married, she can be on a TV show designed just for her! That’s true, MTV has a show in season four called, you guessed it, “16 and Pregnant”. Welcome to our world.
Here is what I am discovering. If you want to be bold, stand out, and even cause people to blush in a culture that accepts almost everything, just live out your Christian faith with courage and hold to what the Bible teaches. Try telling someone that you believe in sexual purity and that marriage is designed for one man and one woman for a lifetime. You will discover that not everything is still acceptable in our culture. Say, with conviction, “I believe Jesus is not ‘a’ way to God, but He is ‘the’ way to God!” You will learn that people don’t like absolute statements like this. About the only way to raise an eyebrow or cause someone to resist you, in this crazy world, is to stand on what the Bible teaches.
Give it a try and see what happens.