Day 22, or By Any Other Name
To speak and live the truth is what one of our biggest goals as Christians. It is our calling and our joy. In our purity of heart, we see no reason to be ashamed of proclaiming our faith to the world, because we would wish that everyone share what we know to be the only way to true life.
So we go out into the world and live our faith out loud. And the world spits in our faces. In response to a message of love, joy, and righteousness, the world throws back rot and vitriol. A fog of lies seeps out of the cracks of the earth and rises throughout the atmosphere, attempting to deceive and corrupt everything it touches.
We may find ourselves surrounded by this fog, but we do not have to get lost in it. When you have an infallible compass, you cut through the haze unaffected.
It can feel pointless to shout the truth to an audience who are putting in earplugs, but the truth doesn’t need to force its way into people’s hearts. It just needs to find a narrow way in and lay in a small, hidden place, where it waits for the time that it will be rediscovered and accepted.
Our part is to keep speaking it.
“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, YOU move.”
-J. Michael Straczynski, Civil War: The Amazing Spider-Man
My prayer for today:
Father, give us unwavering courage to speak out amid the lies of this age, and guide our hearts and words to be loving and true.