If the church warns about the detrimental affects of certain behaviors from a spiritual perspective the world will hiss and boo and jeer the message and despise the messenger. But if the same message is presented by a messenger who does not represent the church and spiritual righteousness, the world will actually cheer! To a certain extent this principle can be seen in Jesus’ message to the apostles in John 15:18-19.
I hesitated to share the following link due to the speaker using a cuss word twice during their presentation (as usual, when the world is desperate for a laugh it believes the best way is to use profane language however unnecessary it may be), but the aforementioned principle is so undeniable observable after the presentation is over I believe it actually represents a teachable moment for the church.
This link will lead to a TEDx video on YouTube titled, “What Representing Men in Divorce Taught Me About Fatherhood.” Please understand you will be listening to a secular speaker, talking to a secular audience at a secularly sponsored event … but the topic is so blatantly spiritual, one must intentionally ignore the seeds leading to the discussed fruit.
“Back in the day” TEDx (Technology, Education and Development talks) offered platforms to various speakers with varying levels of expertise in the “TED” fields. I almost skipped over this video due to the fact that modern-day TEDx events have mostly devolved into speakers who tout socially, politically and morally liberal viewpoints; but in regards to this video, the title caused me to give it a chance while already having decided to turn it off if it took the expected and unfortunate usual TEDx turn. This time, by mistake in my opinion, they revealed a topic the American culture needs to take seriously … and spiritually!
If you choose to watch the video, please pay special note to the statistics given by the speaker and then try to honestly tell me these numbers do not represent unfortunate situations the church has warned the world about regardless of the culture for millennia – but especially the American culture over the last generation. The statistics represent a very sad reality. A reality made plain to the secular audience which ends up cheering with appreciation simply because the speaker is talking from a secular perspective no matter how much the perspective supports the warnings of God’s word. The world does indeed have the ability to discern! The problem, though, is what it considers to be chaff and what it considers to be wheat.
The lesson for the church is this: the level of righteousness revealed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the benefit upon all individuals and cultures of living it out is undeniably apparent, but the reason the world will hiss and boo and jeer the message isn’t because it cannot be seen – it is because when the church talks to the world about moral issues and the error of sin, we must include the responsibility of repentance, which is something that secular speakers have the convenient ability to ignore (John 16:7-11).
“Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”” (Acts 24:25 NKJV)