I was doing some memory work in Romans 1 when the phrase “suppress the truth” grabbed my attention. To suppress means to end, to stop something by force. Do you watch the news? This happens to God’s truth daily.
While some actively suppress the truth—not only the truth of God’s existence, but the existence of God’s truth—are we guilty too?
Because suppress has other shades of meaning: to keep secret, to not allow people to know about or see. Makes me think of my Navy SEAL son. When his team goes dark, they’re there all right, but normal communication is cut.
Do we Christians do the same? Do we suppress the truth by our silence? I know we like to rant and rave among ourselves about how bad the culture’s gotten, but how often have we had an opportunity to speak truth—and kept silent?
Paul tells us that God’s characteristics are so obvious that men are without excuse. You can’t look at the universe, the earth, or the human body, and not think Someone higher is behind it all.
Could it be we just need to point it out?
A gorgeous sunset.
A welcome rain.
The truth that kindness begets kindness.
That sacrificial love bridges gaps.
That God cares more about the person than their political affiliation.
Here are some training tips:
- Make sure your own eyes see clearly. Can you see God’s work or is your head buried in your iPhone? “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
- Point it out. A rainbow. A kind word. A truth. God’s goodness surrounds us. Most people don’t know where it comes from, so show them. Connect the dots. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
- Speak. Lovingly. If the pointing out (#2) leads to further conversation, trust the Holy Spirit to give you the words. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8)
While it’s okay for the SEALs to go dark, it’s not okay for us. We are to be salt and light. A city on a hill. So, shine. Spotlight God and His work. Point the way for those who have yet to connect Him with His truth, His creation, and His purpose for man.
Nail your spiritual workouts this week and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: Don’t Go Dark
Memory Verse: Esther 4:14 (NIV) “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Meditation Passage: Romans 1
Just Do It: Point it out.
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