Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tell the truth or Enable?

Last week my husband and I got a tip from Twitter that a popular Gospel artist was going to have a guest appearance on the Monique show. Instantly we changed the channel to BET to take a peak. I was hopeful that he would utilize the platform he was given to spread the love and truth of Jesus to the millions of viewers watching. Sadly, my heart was broken.

Monique asked him what she should do about her mouth- her obvious cussing problems. Those of us who's seen Monique's movies know what I'm talking about. If you've seen the movie Precious, then I'm sure you've heard quite a bit of it there too.

He had the opportunity to look this sister in her eyes with love and tell her what the bible says...that if we call ourselves a believer, that the bible says to let no profanity come from your mouth (Colossians 3:8)...that every word we speak will be counted for (Romans 14:12) or even that "hey, this Christian walk is one that we have to put on daily (1Cor. 15:31.). He decided not to share the truth in love. He decided to give a very unbiblical answer by telling Monique to "Be You".

Now, I'm not very sure why this was his answer- if he was trying to sugar coat the truth or if he didn't know where to begin. I hope he had an opportunity to share the truth with her off stage- at least. If not, he missed a huge opportunity. 

Let me be very clear about something. There is nothing in scripture that tells us to "Be You" or "Do You".  The bible tells us we should deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow the Lord.

"Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must [first] deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23).

There seems to be a lot of "enabling" going on in this world. I'm finding that people are afraid to tell the truth and the whole truth. They either tip toe around the answer or say something safe like.."it's on you" or "be you". This is the wrong thing in the world to tell someone. Why? Because there is absolutely nothing scriptural that says that.

Friends, we aren't operating in Christ love if we deny people the truth. If we don't share the whole truth of God's love to them, then what good is that? We shouldn't care about what people will think. Instead, we need to love people so much that we immediately think to share the truth because we want to see them living a life full of abundance in Christ, like us. Amen?

I sure hope you follow what I'm saying.

Unfortunately, we are living in a time where we will see more and more people denying the truth and following their own itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3). We need believers who will take a stand for righteousness and be led by the Lord. We need people who will be honest and truthful- not with-holding the truth. We need to love people so much that we care about their souls. After all, this is one of the greatest commandments.

Mark 12:29
 29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[b] 31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c]There is no commandment greater than these."

In this entry, I just want to challenge you to practice being honest and truthful. If you're a professing believer, pray and ask the Lord to give you a boldness so you can help your brother and sister grow closer in their relationship with the Lord too. They are thirsty just like you are. They need you!

Did you see this episode of the Monique show? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you for visiting The Ready Writer. I pray this entry has blessed you today. Have a blessed week in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Kennisha Hill
Author & Speaker| http://kennisha-hill.homestead.com


Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this post. I agree, it is heartbreaking to know that a minister of the Gospel missed an opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel to Monique. Not only did he mislead Monique, but the hundreds and thousands of others that tuned into that episode. This individual was given the platform to be light and salt in the world and share the truth of the Gospel. Instead, it seemed like the individual pacified her actions by the response he gave. Now she and thousands of others still believe it is okay to "be you" and "do what you want to do" without any correction. The Word exposes error to bring life and this would have been a perfect opportunity for him to share life to Monique and the many others that were watching.

Thank you again for this post.

Christi R.

LisaShaw said...

Amen Kennisha!

Many Christians have become more like the world then the word and as a result are not comfortable or convicted to stand up and speak truth ESPECIALLY on television where "one can be seen".

I prayed for the man as I read your post and for Monique.

God bless you.

Sisters Of Honor said...

I also saw this episode and I agree with you.I was waiting on his answer and immediately my mouth fell open because I could not believe his answer. I will say that when he first came out on stage he looked a little nervous or uncomfortable. Maybe this is one of those times when he will look back and think what he should have done differently.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

No "be you" or "do you" in the Word of God! Now that will preach, sister. In fact, I think you just did.

Oh, we must be truth-tellers, in love and kindness of course, but we must be willing to stand up for the One who stood up for us! How I pray to be a woman unafraid of the truth and willing to speak its witness in every corner of my heart and life!

Great post, Kennisha. Thanks for standing up for the truth!