. . . who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading. - from Lamentations 2:13-14
My responsibility, if I want to be a friend to those around me, is to tell the truth. It is correct for me to be politically INcorrect at times. In the November 12 reading, the prophet Ezekiel was sent to warn God’s people. He was instructed to speak truth regardless of whether his listeners were willing to hear him or not. Ezekiel was not to prejudge what people would think of him, or whether they would take his warning to heart.
In fact Ezekiel was to speak a non-PC message of condemnation, an unpleasant warning of impending disaster, even though he was quite certain to be unappreciated and ill-received. He was to go on talking in spite of his own extreme discomfort in the matter (shoot, the Lord took his wife, and the poor guy wasn't allowed to mourn). Yet Ezekiel's discomfort would have been far more extreme if he kept silent. If Ezekiel failed to deliver the warning, he would be held personally accountable for the people’s downfall:
If I [God] say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way . . . his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked . . . you will have delivered your soul. - from Ezekiel 3:18-19
At the end of the chapter, God reiterated his instructions to the prophet:
. . . I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse . . . - from Ezekiel 3:27
Ezekiel's example serves as a reminder to me. I read the Bible nearly every day, and it's a sure bet that some little bit of truth is always fresh in my mind. I am responsible to share that little bit of truth when it is fitting. I dare not keep silent for the sake of political correctness, even if I’m certain what I say will rub someone the wrong way. If I trust God and want to be a real friend to those around me, I'll speak Bible truth and leave the response in God's capable and loving hands.