Author Saul Bellow once wrote that he would occasionally attend a dinner party and would be asked for his opinion on a politically sensitive issue. His standard answer was non-confrontational: “I support all good policies and oppose all the bad ones.”
While the arrogance and moral bankruptcy behind political correctness will eventually lead to its own destruction, the current emerging generation of social engineers are becoming a serious danger to those who publicly proclaim basic Christian truths. Jesus demands, however, that we speak the truth, and courageously.
Breaking down Matthew 10:24-31, Jesus gives five reasons to speak confidently and without fear in the face of opposition:
Identification with Christ
“No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Therefore do not be afraid of them…” (vss. 24-26a).
Jesus is talking directly to His disciples, who He knows, after Pentecost, will become very much like Himself, teaching, performing miracles, and inflaming the Jews. This will prove that they are of the household of Jesus; why should they expect to be treated any different than He is?
Truth Will Prevail
“For nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (vss. 26b-27).
We can have confidence that in the end truth never disappoints; false teachings always do. The louder the truth is spoken, the more powerful it is because it will always be victorious and those who proclaim it will always be vindicated. Perhaps later than sooner, but it is a certainty.
It’s the Soul that Matters
“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna” (vs. 28).
Affirming the truth publicly is a moral obligation for which being persecuted or even put to death should not be feared as it leads to immortality and eternal bliss in heaven. In a sense, these people are doing you a favor. Fearing men to the point of appeasement, however, will endanger your soul.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. …So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (vss. 29,31).
The Greek text actually says “…not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father,” implying that the Father is aware of the sparrow’s fate and allows it in His providence. When speaking the truth leads to persecution one need not fear because it has been allowed by God through His providential wisdom.
God Knows Us
“Even all the hairs of your head are counted” (vs. 30).
This makes the same point as the previous one, but adds that God has personal intimate knowledge of His children, their feelings, struggles, and weaknesses. In the midst of persecution no aspect of one’s experience will be missed by Him.
Truth has become a hate crime; it’s not hard to foresee where this is headed. But Catholics must not fear to speak the truth loudly, “on the housetops”.