A quote by the great Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is going around: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.”

It is a striking feature in the Lord’s church as well. Society has influenced our people. In so many corners, we’ve becoming mealymouthed. We fear rejection and opposition.

Sensitivity is needed, yes, and love must be evident, but the words of life and justice and righteousness must be spoken. The gospel is not designed to make everyone everywhere feel good. Joel Osteen has cornered that market.

Jesus Christ offers eternal salvation to those who will repent; he sends his people into the world to be courageous and to speak that good word of change and transformation. Let the outside observer notice such a courage.

Christians know that society needs the gospel to resolve its problems. But how many Christians are proclaiming it and teaching others what to do to be saved? THAT is the greatest problem of all. Paying preachers and sitting in church buildings does not get the job done. The Lord well may lay at the church’s doorstep much of the violence and sin overtaking society today, because we have failed to do our job. Pay preachers? Yes. But let each one do his job of reaching his neighbors for the Lord Christ.

The number of people I see on alternative social media sites ready to oppress conservatives is shocking. There seems to be no middle ground for irenic public discourse. But this seems to be a staple for socialists and communists.