What if you dared to tell the truth and the entire world hated you for it? How would you feel if you pulled someone out of a burning building and they hung you from a tree in return? Would you stand up and shout from the rooftops what you know to be absolute truth, knowing full well that it would lead to ridicule, exile, torture, and death?
Jesus did just that.
Given the extreme lengths that He went to in securing my salvation, I think I can be bothered to write a blog from a decidedly Christian perspective and not worry too much about those types of consequences. After all, nobody’s going to attempt to stone me in the coffee shop as I write this. I’m not too afraid of persecution via Intense Debate. I certainly don’t expect to be crucified by a gaggle of secular business bloggers.
So what was the hold up? Shouldn’t I have been doing this 6 months ago? Well, probably. But, I wasn’t. That pesky little place called the world kept creeping into my subconscious and telling me why it thought that I shouldn’t.
- You’ll alienate prospective clients and customers.
- You’ll offend your non-Christian friends.
- You don’t know what you’re talking about.
It’s funny what happens when you let go of the world and grab on to your principles. Here is my response to each of those thoughts.
- My faith dictates that I treat every person fairly, honestly, and with love. The Bible commands that I love my neighbor as myself. I will never discriminate against anyone. Ever.
- I love and care deeply for my non-Christian friends. I have been the recipient of grace that I can’t begin to measure and that is exactly what you can expect me to extend to you. I will, however, speak the truth and tell you exactly Who that grace comes from.
- I’m not a biblical scholar. I’m just a man loving God with all of my heart, soul, and mind as Jesus tells us to in Matthew 23:37. I’ll tell you exactly what I think and welcome honest, intelligent debate.
Why does any of this matter for you, Mr. or Ms. Blog-Reader?
This site is all about laying solid foundations. If we build our lives, relationships, businesses, etc. upon strong foundations, we can withstand any opposing force.
“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:47-48
I want to build this site on a solid foundation, but in order to do that, we have to prepare. So consider this the building site. We’ve dug the dirt and we’re ready to start constructing a mold in which to pour the concrete. Stick with me and we’ll build something beautiful together.
Question: “Do you have a ‘truth’ that you’re reluctant to tell for fear of the consequences?”