This week the news has blown up because of a statement that was made by Zaky Mallah on the ABC’s show Q&A. Whether you agree or disagree with the statements that were made, one of the great freedoms we have in this country is the freedom to speak. We as followers of Jesus embrace this freedom regularly as we speak of the great news that has come to us through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are many in our society who would like to shut down our opportunity to speak because they disagree with our message. But we were reminded last week from Peter that our freedoms should be exercised for good and with respect.
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. – 1 Peter 2: 16-17
As we exercise the freedom we have by speaking the great message of the salvation that comes through Jesus, let us make sure that we do so with good motives, showing love and respect to those who disagree.