Well, at least Jesus’ disciples couldn’t say Jesus hadn’t warned them that sharing the gospel would be dangerous and hard. What angered those in power the most about Jesus’ teaching was the fact that he uncovered what those in power had been able to keep under the cover of legalism and accepted social structures.
When Jesus had the courage to say that the good religious folks were like white-washed tombs, bright and shiny on the outside, but full of death on the inside, those good religious folks did their very best to snuff him out. Jesus knew that those who take the lid off and reveal the ways the kingdoms of this world stand in contrast to the kingdom of God would suffer greatly. Their families would disown them, their friends would deny them, their communities would shun them, and those in power would go to any length to silence them.
What cultural issues have been reported and addressed in recent years that might have been kept hidden away in the past? In what ways might bringing these issues to light help to move the kingdom of God forward? What risks are you willing to take to share the good news of Jesus Christ for all people?
In prayer, ask Jesus what thoughts, attitudes, and positions in your heart and mind could use a little dose of light.