“Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.” 2 Chronicles
Sometimes it’s easy to think of social pressure and political correctness as something that only happens outside of the Church; but in reality, there is often just as much pressure in the Church to abide by the ‘Christian culture’ of the day than to speak something different.
On the other hand, there are those inside the Church who pride themselves on speaking something different, shocking even—deceiving themselves into believing that others’ critique of their message is just ‘persecution of the truth.’
Wisdom can seem elusive and intangible in a time that seems overwhelmingly complex. But Her personification in Proverbs provides help and insight into listening to Her voice calling out amidst the frantic noise of our age. Developing the spiritual discipline to put down our gadgets and technology for a regular practice of listening is critical for discerning the narrow path between ‘cultural correctness’ and the self-appointed martyr complex of ‘the lone voice calling in the wilderness.’ Wisdom is pictured standing in front of the busyness, before you enter the hustle and bustle of the city and all its demands and decisions.
“Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she cries out: ‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.’ Proverbs 8:3,4