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Here’s What Happens When It’s Unpopular to Call Out Sin

Refusing to call right wrong and wrong right

The new year continues to shift my focus to the word I elected to live out this year: peculiar.

However, I’m in a place now where I’m discovering my limits while meeting new people—people who proclaim Christ. I’m finding that my passion for the Lord is increasing because He is showing me more of Him as I navigate the dark world. I can’t seem to recognize who lives for Christ or who lives for self.

You see, I’ve been suffering from information fatigue. Being online is exhausting. Trying to participate, making time to engage, producing work becomes tiresome.

It’s unpopular to call out sin in the community think-tank and I’m finding I don’t have enough patience when it comes to group-think or the tribalism that permeates the body of Christ. It feels so isolating, and I sometimes I find myself standing alone.

And moreover, it’s tiresome to be perceived to be of a certain political ideology due to my ethnic group. My husband reminded me today of this truth: I am a Christian first, and a writer second, so I don’t need to impress anybody, but Christ.

And yet I’m weary of hearing and reading so many who proclaim Christ call right wrong and wrong right. I’m tired of seeing influencers with minimum biblical literacy lead so many to the slaughter. It’s important to note that a Christian who cannot discern right from wrong is spiritually dead.

Ecclesiastes 1 verse 18 says: For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

The more we know, the wiser we become; the more grief we carry, the more sorrow we’ll need to bear. That is a certainty. I have seen this time and again this year more than ever.

I’m tired, too, of the long-established set of prerequisites that a woman of color needs to satisfy in order to be a Christian. She needs to be left-leaning—a progressive thinker, or else she’s oppressed. She cannot be complementarian or a Baptist in her doctrine or else she’s ruled by patriarchy.

As I cycle through all these deceptive messages—these darts from the enemy—I realize how liberating Christ’s passion on the cross has been for me. I’m amazed and joyful by His love and my desire is only to serve Him, to point to Him, and to serve Him.

 

But I won’t get tired to say this beloved brother and sister:

The stakes are too high today for sitting on the bench. We cannot afford to stay seated while Christ tarries. We may not want to proclaim truth and call out sin because this snowflake, lukewarm culture in which we live will get offended. When we do this, we have decidedly turned the hearts of Christians into believing that current causes are more important than proclaiming truth and discipling the saved.

Remember that a biblical gospel is what saves people from an eternity in hell, not ethnocentric virtue, nor social justice.

I’m tired of witnessing my brothers and sisters diminish the gospel with distractions that bear no eternal fruit but only serve to soothe the conscience of our temporary discomforts while blending into the world.

The stakes are too high today for sitting on the bench. We cannot afford to stay seated while Christ tarries. We may not want to proclaim truth and call out sin because this snowflake, lukewarm culture in which we live will get offended. Click to read full post. sin| social justice| discipleship| gospel

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23 comments

  • Bethany Vitaro March 9, 2018   Reply →

    Thank you for saying the hard things without venom or malice. The church has forgotten that we are called to speak truth in love, not merely avoid speaking it at all, denying it’s existence or shouting it with anger and frustration. I admire your passion and boldness so much.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Thank you, Bethany, I am so encouraged by your response. I am so glad you and I have crossed paths between our blogs and I hope we can continue to learn and sharpen one another!

  • Aliyah March 9, 2018   Reply →

    Hi Erendira,
    thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m visiting from FMF this week. I hear you and I also feel the same way about calling right wrong, wrong right. I think it’s hard in this world, I live in South Africa and right now we see alot of wrong being called right, and the hatred, murder, and just anger across the landscape. It’s tiring, its tiring to have to be silent too. I am an egalitarian and I think that if you have chosen to live complementarian, we each have our convictions for choosing our paths. So I pray that in all of this, our Abba will give us such overwhelming peace. So many blessings of Joy and Peace, Aliyah

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Aliyah, thank you for your reply. I will pray for God to give you peace and blessing over there in South Africa. It’s a trying time, a challenge to us all to be bold for the cause of Christ. Please be encouraged from afar. I send you best wishes and much love.

  • Great post, Erendira…the honesty you share is compelling.

    One of the things that tires me out in the current landscape is the assumption that being a Christian and professing love means approval as well.

    The Gospel’s not about creating safe spaces or avoiding triggers and microaggressions (whatever they are). It’s about the truth of God’s word, and the ransom that was paid for we who will only accept the blood-price that bought us out of hell.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2018/03/your-dying-spouse-447-barbaras.html

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      I agree, Andrew. We need to keep our focus on Christ. All the other issues on the periphery become distractions. I get caught up in it myself and trust me, I don’t want to get overwhelmed by it. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Jeanne Takenaka March 9, 2018   Reply →

    Erendira, thank you for this post. I so appreciate the reminder your husband offered . . . we are Christians first. Christ-followers. When we live like this, when we seek to live out His love and His word, we’re going to be peculiar. We are going to stand out. We’re going to feel uncomfortable.

    But, we’ll also have some opportunities to share His truth and love. And some will hear and embrace genuine truth, not man-made truth. I know the Bible says in the end times men will call right wrong and wrong right. It must mean we’re getting close to those end times, huh?

    Thank you for sharing your heart here!

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Yes, Jeanne, that is right. All of it. I find myself repeating, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20b

  • Julie Plagens March 10, 2018   Reply →

    What a strong woman you are. It must be hard to swim upstream. I commend you for your strength of character. Glad you know who you are in Christ.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Julie, by grace of God I swim. He strengthens me when the current is too strong. I appreciate you stopping by to read and respond. Thank you!

  • Susan Evans March 10, 2018   Reply →

    “It’s important to note that a Christian who cannot discern right from wrong is spiritually dead.” I’ve been trying to tell this to so-called Christians in my life, and they refuse to believe me.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Don’t stop trying, Susan. I know we may get shut out but the word of God does not return void. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall.” Isaiah 55:11

      Also: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

  • Mary Stephens March 10, 2018   Reply →

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one feeling this frustration in the blogging and social media world. It’s a real burden sometimes! I can see that as a person of color this could be much more complicated, and yet I feel a lot of the same things you do.

    Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

    This is speaking about the Old Testament priests, but as New Testament priests in Christ (1 Peter 2:9), I think we have a responsibility to do this as we have opportunity.

    I got here from the Grace and Truth link up.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      Thank you, Mary, for your very insightful and scriptural response. I completely agree with you (and the Bible) about how we need to teach others the distinctions between right and wrong. And when we speak the truth, we shouldn’t be afraid. It is going to pierce, but it is sufficient for living. Thanks for this reminder!

  • Andrea March 12, 2018   Reply →

    How important it is that we are to please God FIRST – and not really care about the opinions and thoughts of other people

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega March 12, 2018   Reply →

      That’s right Andrea. God first.

  • “And yet I’m weary of hearing and reading so many who proclaim Christ call right wrong and wrong right.”

    Me too!

    But then I struggle with this kind of thing myself. With all the different messages coming in about living out love and not judging and telling it like it is, it can be quite confusing to know exactly how you can love someone by telling them like it is without judgement.

    It’s such a struggle to know when to speak up and when to stay silent and pray, because I’m also learning lately that I can’t fix anyone. Only God can do that. So many times when I say something it’s with the intent that I’ve got to fix that person’s way of thinking, acting, or whatever and that’s not what we’re supposed to do either. When speaking up, it’s got to come from loving intentions, which is easier said than done. 🙂

    Hopefully these thoughts make sense. Great post! I’m glad I found your blog on the #GraceandTruth linkup.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega July 3, 2018   Reply →

      We are called to share the truth with all. We cannot fix anyone and sadly, that is what many believe is taking place when we speak the truth, in love. It is inevitable. We keep on speaking the truth, telling it to all, and hopefully, the seeds we sow will take root on soft soil. Thank you for your honesty, Ashley. You’re not alone.

  • Jennifer March 12, 2018   Reply →

    Your husband’s words are very wise: we are a Christian first….and, then: a writer, a friend, a ________. I need to remind myself of that fact, too!

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega July 3, 2018   Reply →

      Excellent, Jennifer. Yes.

  • Helene March 13, 2018   Reply →

    Boxes. The world has these boxes that it wants to shove us in and it doesn’t recognize our freedom in Christ to be His first and always.

  • Ruth Clemence June 21, 2018   Reply →

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! Thanks for sharing this

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega July 3, 2018   Reply →

      Thank you for visiting here. I am glad we are not alone, and when we may presume to be, we can trust the Lord to guide us through that valley.

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