“The Unpopular Truth” December 15


The Unpopular Truth - The Bible is the unpopular truth to many today. And those who speak the truth are being told, "You can't say that here ... 'there's separation of church and state.' " Or, "You're trying to impose your religion on us." Others demand that we, "give hardy approval" to the sinful things they do. How does God expect us to respond to those pressures?The Bible is the unpopular truth to many today. And those who speak the truth are being told, “You can’t say that here … ‘there’s separation of church and state.’ ” Or, “You’re trying to impose your religion on us.” Others demand that we, “give hardy approval” to the sinful things they do. How does God expect us to respond to those pressures?

Also read about praying in difficult times, a word to Christian singles, and Jesus the soon coming King. 


Today’s Readings:
Amos 6 & 7
Psalm 142.1-7
Proverbs 29.27
Revelation 5.1-14


The Unpopular Truth


Amos 6 & 7:

Speaking the Unpopular Truth


Chapter 7.12-13:

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos.
“ Go, you seer!
Flee to the land of Judah.
There eat bread,
And there prophesy.
13 But never again prophesy at Bethel,
For it is the king’s sanctuary,
And it is the royal residence.”

Rather than hear the truth and heed their warnings, the people of Amos’ day banished the prophets. How very much like the world in which we live. Today the cry is “separation of church and state” or “don’t try to impose your religion on me” or “you can’t say that here!” Those who talk about God’s standard are called intolerant, homophobes, judgmental or worse.

Many even demand that we approve their lifestyles and their right to live any way they choose. Some people give in to their demands out of fear of criticism, intimidation, or misguided acceptance.

“and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1.32 NASB).

But God in His mercy always has a faithful remnant willing to speak the unpopular truth, in spite of criticism, and even threats. Like God Himself, we are called to love sinners, while hating sin, and sometimes that means speaking the truth under difficult circumstances or when it’s unwanted.

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4 also applies to us:

1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.


Today’s Other Readings:


Psalm 142.1-7:

Cry Out to Him


praise worship prayer

1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.

The Psalms are great to read and meditate on when we are discouraged, overwhelmed or distraught. Many contain the prayers, praises, laments and cries for help of His people in biblical times. They often begin, as this psalm does, acknowledging the writer’s desperate situation while leading them and us to greater trust in God.


Proverbs 29.27:

A Word to Christian Singles


single man prayer thoughtful

“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”

Those of you who are single would do well to remember this verse. You think that unbeliever you’re dating or to whom you’re attracted is so wonderful … but if you insist on staying in that relationship, perhaps even disobeying God and marrying an unbeliever, it’s just a matter of time before there are problems.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (2 Cor. 2.14-15).

Each of us thinks our situation is different. I’ve heard it dozens of times:

“He doesn’t have a problem with my religion (church involvement, etc.).”
“I’m sure he (or she) will get saved.”
“He comes to church with me.”
“How else, will she get saved if I don’t keep loving her.”
“He says he believes in God.”

And I’ve seen so many learn the hard way that God always gets it right! As I tell single women all the time, “Right now you have the option to break off this relationship (and you must if he’s an unbeliever and you want to obey God). But if you get married, you no longer have that option.”

Marriage is a covenant relationship, one that a believer is not to walk away from once they’re married. Many who refused biblical advice, come back and say, “I should have listened!” Some women spend years, even decades, in difficult, unequally yoked situations.

But the most important reason to obey God’s commands is because of your relationship with Him.

 “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (Jn. 14.15).


Revelation 5.1-14:

The Soon Coming King


Jesus empty manger at night under the fog.

This time of year we think and talk and sing about Jesus being born as a baby in that humble stable. We’ve heard the story so many times it can easily lose its impact on us. We can forget what that really means.

But as we read Revelation, remember that same Jesus who was born a baby is, also, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Creator of the universe, the Eternal Word, and He is coming back as King to judge His creation. One day soon every knee will bow and every tongue will confess—willingly or unwillingly—that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2.9-11)!


Your Thoughts:

How has God spoken to you today? Did you see a passage in a new light? Did you see an area where you need to grow and change? Did you find a promise to hold on to? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Coming Up:

In the next few days, we’ll talk about grace, the responsibility involved in being a true friend, the Tribulation, the opening the 7 seals in Revelation, and pose the question, “Does what goes around come around?”

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4 thoughts on ““The Unpopular Truth” December 15

  1. It’s sad that the Bible goes unread by so many — even those who would say they believe its words may not have really read them all!
    Thanks for doing your part of eliminate biblical illiteracy among your readers.

    • It’s such a passion for me simply because I love the Word and know how it has changed my life! It makes me sad that so many people don’t know what they’re missing. Have a Merry Christmas, Michele!

  2. Oh there is no question that we live in a world that finds truth unpopular and tries to silence those who speak truth. Yet finding ways to love them and keep speaking is our daily challenge.

    • Yes, it is and God will give us the grace as we rely on Him. So glad you were here today, Helene. Merry Christmas and New Year blessings!

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