He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue. -Proverbs 28:23, KJV
This verse reminds me of a couple different people today.
One is many pastors today who preach a message of happiness, comfort, and/or wealth. They are quick to speak well of others, yet they hesitate to speak of sin.
The second are those who do a better job of calling out wrong behavior, such as Jordan Peterson and Simon Sinek.
I bring them up because they are popular. Why are they popular? Because of what I just said: they are not afraid to tell people that something is wrong and needs to change.
Regardless of whether you agree with them, these men (and others like them) show that people are hungry for direction.
Simon Sinek in particular has very few detractors, and all he basically says is stop being lazy, stop making excuses, and interact with people in this world … in person, not online!
I have met many people who used to belong to one of those churches in which they were taught that God wants us happy. They left when the only response they got to difficulties in life was that they lacked faith or hadn’t go en enough money to the church.
It was people like Peterson and Sinek that turned their lives around.
We, as Christians, should not be afraid to lovingly call out sin while drawing others to faith in Christ. If we have the truth, we should be bold in proclaiming it, not worried that we might offend someone.
This is the truth that will change their lives, both now and for eternity.
Are we being more like motivational speakers, or are we motivated by the power of Christ to change our world?