In today’s society of moral relativism and passiveness, people have turned away from correcting and rebuking one another. Our society has embraced religious tolerance in place of absolute truth. Instead of rebuking, we are now told to tolerate others’ beliefs in fear of being judgmental. Instead of debating issues, we are now told that it doesn’t matter because truth doesn’t exist.
Our society has become decadent. Our country depraved. Friends, in the name of being “friendly”, are now so passive that they refuse to constructively rebuke their friends in fear of losing them.
Even Christians have succumbed, somewhat, to the passive attitude so prevalent in today’s society. We must stand up for what is right and true, even if our friends disagree. Truth is not dependent upon popular consent. Truth stands even if the whole world falters from it.
Friends must once again begin to sharpen their friends’ countenances; “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).” We must not succumb to being passive, for “[o]pen rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5).” Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”