“Fear neither them nor their words when they contradict you and reject you. Neither fear their words nor be dismayed by their looks for they are a rebellious house. But speak my words to them whether they heed or resist.” Ezekiel 2:6-7
God is instructing Ezekiel with these words as he calls him to be his spokesman to the people of Israel. He tells Ezekiel that he will hold him accountable for the people’s rebellion if he does not speak up.
In recent years we have seen increasing cultural acceptance of governmental actions that erode the sanctity of life, God’s institution of marriage, and sexual identity. We have had litigation on whether our health care laws can require Catholic institutions to provide medical insurance for abortions. We have seen public accommodation laws require Christian businesspeople to provide services for same sex marriage in contravention of their personal conscience. Recently the NCAA has allowed biologic males who identify as females to compete with other females in collegiate swim meets.
All of these actions present a dilemma to Christians since they run counter to God’s Word found in the Holy Bible, natural law, and basic common sense. How should we respond to so-called political correctness and woke culture that are advancing these positions? How often does fear of what others think cause us to withhold our comments on proposed government actions that erode our First Amendment rights?
Fear is a powerful human emotion. Perhaps that is why God was preparing Ezekiel to deal with the resistance he would encounter when he began to speak God’s word. That is why God told Isaac, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” (Genesis 26:24) He encouraged Joshua to be “strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:6) When angels appeared to Zachariah, father of John the Baptist, to Mary, and to Joseph, the first thing they said was, “Do not to be afraid.” The first words of St. John Paul II to the people in St. Peter’s Square upon his election as Pope were, “Be not afraid.”
The more a culture moves away from God, the more it moves away from truth. When Jesus, the embodiment of all truth, stood before Pilate and told him that he had come to testify to the truth, Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)
Fear is the favorite tool of the enemies of truth, but Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.” (Luke 5:10)
Does political correctness deter you from speaking up for the truth of the Gospel?