When Jesus returned from fasting in the wilderness and overcoming the temptations of Satan, he came into the synagogue and declared himself the annointed one of God. His reception was anything but grand.
When they heard these things, all who were in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town bringing him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff (Luke 4:28-29).
Obviously, Jesus was more concerned with proclaiming truth in this moment than gaining acceptance. Should the life and pursuit of those who follow Christ be skewed in the opposite direction?
If our Lord is willing to raise the ire of the worldly and the reiligious alike by proclaiming truth, should not we who profess to follow Him walk in the same manner? It appears as though Jesus never saw the fine line of distinction that we in 21st Century America see when it comes to proclaiming truth to the world and/or gaining acceptance in the world.
Imagine what life for Christians would be like if we were more driven to share the truth in love with our co-workers and friends; instead of remaining neutral for the sake of acceptance. If this became the norm for professing Christians in America what would change?