“[As professors] we are going to go right on trying to discredit you [parents] in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your…religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.” -Philosopher & Professor Richard Rorty (1931-2007)
Intimidation. Psychological warfare. Trash talking. Richard Rorty and many others employ these against Christians in attempts to make them ashamed of Jesus and the Bible. This tactic is not new. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor me his prisoner, but share in the suffering for the gospel by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8). The word “ashamed” carries the thought of attempting to prevent an action. Paul recognizes this tactic and instructs Timothy to counter this attack by arming himself with “the healthy words” (v 13) of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
How does getting into the healthy words of the Bible counter shame? When a person feeds upon the truth of God’s Word, 2 Timothy chapter one reveals that a person is able to zoom out of their situation and see the grandness of God, the marvelous power of His salvation, and the purpose He has designed for those who are His. All of a sudden compromising the truth for the sake of being politically correct in the secular & religious realms is shown to be the silly and shameful action.
For more on this topic listen in on the message entitled Healthy Words from Oasis Christian Community’s sermon series Finishing Well: A Study of 2 Timothy. Tim Lin and Seth Evans took on this topic as they covered 2 Timothy 1:8-18.