6 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with those who worshiped God and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.
The word “troubled” in Greek is paroxunó which means I arouse anger, provoke, irritate.
The word “reasoned” in Greek is dialegomai which means I converse, address, preach, lecture; I argue, reason.
Have you as a Christian come across a post that maligned or taught false doctrine about Jesus Christ? Did it irritate you or stimulate a righteous anger within you? Did you like we see in Paul, address the false doctrine? Did you preach to them the truth of the gospel or did you just sit by and say nothing or even worse said something positive as not to offend?
To walk in godliness is simply to imitate Jesus Christ’s life. To love your enemies, uphold those who are in need through material goods or through encouragement. One of the aspects that sometimes gets forgotten in godliness is contending for the truth of the gospel.
If you find yourself in the presence of evil, in the form of anything that would put shackles in people’s lives, will you stay silent?
You cannot obtain godliness by popularity among your friends, family, and people in WordPress or in any other internet outlet for that matter.
We are in a spiritual warfare against demonic spirits that wants to take people away from Christ and send them to hell.
Christianity is not a popularity contest to see how many likes we can get but is about bringing people to Jesus Christ by telling them the truth.
If you see false doctrine in someone’s post, for the sake of the person who wrote it and his/her readers, do you tell them the truth? If you keep silent how can you be godly? Jesus said the truth regardless if His hearers liked what He said or not but nevertheless Jesus told them because He loved them and because it was the truth and the truth needs to be told period.
Don’t just talk the talk but walk it.
We are not here to awe people on the internet with our nice words and comments (non-offensive words) to butter them up but we are here to glorify Jesus Christ by telling people the truth.
Ask yourself, which one are you? A people pleaser or a Jesus pleaser?
Do you sacrifice the truth to obtain people’s friendship or sacrifice their friendship for the sake of the truth?