As I finished reading the book of Acts this morning, something suddenly dawned on me. In particular, the following verse where the Jews in Rome are speaking to Paul brought a very important realization to light:
“But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”
Most, if not all, of Paul’s opportunities to share his testimony and the gospel of Jesus Christ came from those who opposed and/or disagreed with him.
It occurs to me that our American culture makes a god of peace by promoting agreement and tolerance, the effect of which is to silence those who would speak the truth of Jesus Christ – the only One in whom real and lasting peace with God may be found. Most Christians, including myself, cow to this pressure and go to great pains to procure acceptance and agreement from others.
How many opportunities have been lost because I have shied away from the very opposition and disagreement that could serve as a platform from which to openly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ?