A lady came up to me in a McDonald’s today, placed a watchtower magazine over my Bible and said, “If you want to know more about the Bible……” To be honest with yall, the rest of her dialogue just drifted off into silence after her action and those 9 words. First off… How would I learn more about the Word of God outside of the Word of God?? Makes no sense! That’s like saying, “If you want to learn more about auto mechanics, you need to take culinary classes.” Umm… No. It doesn’t work like that.
So I picked up my Bible and said to the woman, “Don’t place your magazine over my Bible like that. Thank you.”
Now, I was in no way rude or hostile. I was only being clear and assertive. Anyone who REALLY knows me, knows that context is a BIG DEAL to me. Whether the communication is verbal or non-verbal… You sayin somethin! After picking up my Bible, I looked at the woman intently, waiting for her to continue with her dialogue; but when she saw that I would not accept what she was trying to communicate to me non-verbally (that the contents of her paper and staples were above/greater than the living/powerful/never-changing/infallible Word of God) by placing her magazine over my Bible… She quickly said, “Have a nice day”, and walked back to her table.
The Word of God is assertive and intentional just like God is assertive and intentional, because God and His word are one and the same! These days, people think you are mean-spirited, rude and/or abrasive if you’re being straight up. Assertiveness is one of the facets of personality that God has firmly established in me. It’s what has kept me from being well-liked by or “cool” with many. But it’s also what has kept me from associating or getting involved with people, places and things that were not essential to the destiny God has placed before me.
Nowadays, passivity is being exalted as Christ-like behavior, and if I don’t let you walk all over me… Then I’m not conducting myself or acting as Jesus would. I’m sorry, but Jesus is THE MOST politically incorrect person I know. Tossing up tables in the temple (Matthew 21:12), calling religious leaders for what they really were (Matthew 12:34 & Matthew 23:15), calling people “dogs” who were looking for deliverance (Matthew 15:25-28) and telling people who were mourning at a wake to leave the house where a girl lay dead. (Matthew 9:23-26).
The Bible tells us that God’s ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) In other words… God doesn’t think like we think, nor does He share our perspective. Many times, what we believe to be of great value or hold in high esteem, God views as worthless. And many times, what we as humans, consider to be mean-spirited, rude or abrasive… God calls it righteousness! The problem is, we get so used to living life by this world’s system and by the standards of men, that we govern ourselves accordingly and then “sprinkle a little bit of Jesus on top” whenever it’s convenient.
2 John 1:9-11 says, “Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.”
Sorry, but the truth is not something I’m willing to water down, exchange or deny to obtain the affections of man. God bless.