“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
There it is, as clear as can be. Here in John 17, Jesus is praying for his disciples. Straight from the lips of Christ, spoken directly to the Father. Your word…is truth. He said, sanctify them in Your truth. Sanctify - meaning to make it legitimate and binding. Jesus is asking God to surround them in His binding law.
In today’s world, the narrative of not only preferring subjective truth, but actively combatting objective truth is becoming commonplace. There’s a middle ground that kingdom men need to not only point out but force themselves and others into. It boils down to this: You can take an objective, Godly stance, in love. So many times people take an objective stance as a threat.
I’ve had this conversation before. Topic was homeosexuality and the like. I follow God’s example when He set marriage and sex to be between a man and a woman. Two requirements to practice those two things without sin - they must be procreative and unitive. That only happens within marriage, between a male and a female. This convicts and dare I say, triggers some people right? But what if I add adultery? masturbation? vasectomies? birth control? fooling around with your girlfriend? How many more of you just got lumped in with a group you had no idea you were part of? All of these things break one or both of God’s two requirements and are equally sinful. And that’s just on sex. None of what you feel reading that just now, affects God’s stance. It is objective. It is universal. He does not care what facet of your worldly existence makes you think that you are exempt.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom men must understand how to relate to and convict those in our lives from a place of love. Show those around you what a kingdom man looks like. They are not perfect by any means, but they do have the Spirit of God enough to take a stance and speak His truth clearly, even if it convicts themselves. Jesus wanted His disciples bound in God’s law. Do you think that was an act of oppression? Or an act of love?