In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8 NIV
Divisiveness. Judgment. Condemnation. False teaching. Even a false representation of the Gospel. All of these and more flood our minds daily through social media, news, and other sources. Oftentimes if one doesn’t take a side on an issue, particularly on social media, one is deemed to have condoned or given into one narrative or another. I’ve watched as many people of faith have been swept up by the political, worldly undertow into deception; believing things that sound true but are not Biblical at all. It’s both maddening and frustrating. How should Christians – those set apart by the Holy Spirit to be Christ’s ambassadors – respond in such a time as this?
We need to focus our minds on Jesus, the Word, and eternity. If we do not have eternity in view, then how will we continue to care about reaching the lost? How will we maintain our vision for our schools? Satan wants our noses buried in Facebook, Instagram, and the news reading pointless, politically biased articles, and focused on the things of the earth. Jesus asks us to get a higher perspective. This means that we have our minds fully engaged in life at all times. We should be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Our job is to model Christ in all circumstances and in all settings. If we’re about his work and his purposes, not straying from sound doctrine, we’re setting an example for the next generation of believers who must carry forth the Gospel after we’re gone.
If anyone has anything to say about us, it should be that we follow the Bible, that we love what God loves and hate what he hates. And if that causes them to label or mock us, then we can rejoice, as the disciples did, that we, in a small way were persecuted for his name’s sake. Our calling is to lead with eternity in view!