Ecclesiastes 1:5 “Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way. For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.”
It is difficult to rise against any injustice and/or evil authority in this world, but the Bible would obligate us to be a light in the darkness and not waiver in our faith. I would like to give a few points to consider before you go to war with culture.
- Use Gentleness and Wisdom.
Maybe picketing isn’t a good idea after all. Peaceful picketing is an American right that we have, but in the end you look like a militant group ready to kill every person that doesn’t look like you. Pointing your finger in people’s faces never has accomplished anything good. But what if we used wisdom and tried to engage the oppressors? Stay with me for a minute and consider Daniel in the Old Testament. A prisoner of war in a Gentile land, Daniel refused to eat the unclean food, but he didn’t make a huge scene about it. He didn’t boycott McDonalds nor did picket Starbucks. He used gentleness and wisdom, so he suggested a different diet. The plan worked and in the end, his gentle wisdom led a promotion. (Daniel 1)
- Use Discernment
We have clearly not mastered the art of discernment. We are more like the fool who storms off, overreacts, and starts cleaning out our guns. Using discernment means we are acting synonymously with the Jesus. (Read the Gospels for further instructions.
- There Will Be Repercussions
For some reason American Christians are shocked when there is persecution. The Apostles weren’t shocked. These men and women were beat, arrested and imprisoned; yet they showed respect to their authorities and were willing to suffer for their faith. Do not be shocked when you are persecuted for standing in the face of evil. And don’t go down the “woe is me” social media rant either. “I can’t believe I’m being persecuted!!!” (As if there is a standard for people who are not believers, but I digress.)
Until Jesus sets up his righteous kingdom, there will always be injustices in our world. So what do we do? We use discernment and wisdom, we fight, we are defiant, we vote, and we labor.
“Every sufferer who bears pain, or slander, or loss, or personal unkindness for Christ’s sake, is filling up that amount of suffering which is necessary to the bringing together of the whole body of Christ, and the upbuilding of His elect Church.” – Charles H. Spurgeon