Youth, adults and families have no shortage of hot topics to wrestle with today. Topics like the reality of bomb testing, the mystery of Donald Trump, the threat of ISIS and the ambiguity of sexuality. Whether you’re taken aback by a recent zinger or are trying to think ahead of any curve ball zooming your way, you can take the controversy thrown at you and have a Jesus-centered conversation.
I sense that every hot topic boils down to broken thoughts like these. 2 Corinthians 10:5 reveals: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Notice that it says we are to eliminate the arguments and pretensions and not attack people. If we don’t, we’re merely furthering the brokenness with our own self-righteous version of it.
Honestly, I struggle with a lot of the headlines in our world. I feel that certain dangers are more imminent than others…that some topics are more personal than others…that some political candidates feel more ridiculous than others. I could easily tell you what these are and try to get you to think like me. Or…I can take you to the brokenness and ask: “What are they REALLY talking about?”
A teen asked me recently why certain things in our world become laws or acceptable when they are clearly not lawful or acceptable before God. We chatted about why he felt they were that way—specifically, did he just feel differently or was there something clear from our Creator or creation itself that revealed a deeper reality? We concluded that perhaps we allow things to happen in our culture from a mentality that says, “If I let you do your thing and don’t object to it, perhaps you’ll let me do my thing without objecting to it.” Please tell me you see the short-sightedness of that.
As those who stand in the gap, we have the opportunity to turn everyday conversations into extraordinary moments of transformation. It requires being on this journey ourselves:
- Who God is must shape who you think God is, which shapes your theology, which shapes your identity, which shapes your way of life, which shapes your urges/behaviors.
- Or else…your urges/behaviors will shape your way of life, which shapes your identity, which shapes your theology, which shapes who you think God is, which keeps you from seeing God for who He is.
Which journey are you on? You can’t take your friends and family somewhere you haven’t yet been. Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Every day, God presents opportunities to have powerful, life-altering and Spirit-directed conversations with family members, coworkers and random individuals. My prayer is that you answer the call to listen and then allow God to speak through you the words of hope, peace and love.