“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:5-6
“Behave wisely in relation to the outside world, buying up your opportunities. Let your language be always seasoned with the salt of grace, so that you may know how to give every man a fitting answer. Colossians 4:5-6 WNT
There, Paul urges us to use proper wisdom and tact in our relation to the heathen.
“We may deal too imprudently, impatiently and roughly, without taking into account old habits and the stiff prejudices of years, unconcerned, whether we do good or harm, anger or appease by our demeanor, without showing any forbearance or affection toward those who have remained behind us, thus forgetting that once we were and lived no better, aye worse perhaps.—Or we may go too far the other way and not discern the spirits, may conduct ourselves without any prudence and foresight toward those of different views, acting toward those who are strangers to our faith, even opponents of it, with the greatest friendliness and intimacy, as if there were no dissimilarity between those I without and those within: this is not the wisdom of the friends of the Lord.—A lazy weakness and leniency is not worthy of the truth, it brings scandal soon.” PASSAVANT
“One thing is sure, namely, that the children of the world are watching the Christians at all times for any evidence of a behavior at variance with Scriptural injunctions. Therefore the Christians should make the best use of every opportunity, when they are thrown together with unbelievers, to forestall and quiet unjust criticism, and thus to promote the spread of the Gospel by removing some of the commonest obstructions.” Kretzmann Cp. 1 Tim 6:1; 2 Sam 12:14.
“Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit. But if in your hearts you have bitter feelings of envy and rivalry, do not speak boastfully and falsely, in defiance of the truth. That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits. For where envy and rivalry are, there also are unrest and every vile deed.
The wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceful, courteous, not self-willed, full of compassion and kind actions, free from favoritism and from all insincerity. And peace, for those who strive for peace, is the seed of which the harvest is righteousness. James 3:13-18
Jesus also gives us this wisdom: “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor throw your pearls to the swine; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and then turn and attack you.” Matthew 7:6
“Moral criticism is necessary, religious teaching cannot be discarded. But it would be the height of folly and the very contrary of unauthorized judging to unload one’s religious beliefs and experiences, tender sentiments, moral convictions, on any one that comes along, no matter in what condition he might be. For Christians especially the sacred doctrines of Christ are the precious pearls on the ring of His mercy. To cast these before dogs and swine, before people to whom nothing is sacred, that blaspheme everything holy, is to expose the most sacred beauty to coarseness. And the result is that those very people are encouraged to profane the holy name of God, to think it a proper subject of blasphemous attacks. And it cannot fail: some of the mud will spatter on him that lacked judgment; he will be responsible for the desecration, and therefore also guilty before God. Note the figure of speech used by the Lord, the second verb referring to the first subject, and the first verb to the second subject.” Kretzmann
Speak with grace.
Our conversation should be filled with the God kind of love. “Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited. She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs. She finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully sides with the truth. She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance.” 1 Cor 13:4-7
Speak with grace seasoned with salt.
Jesus told the multitude gathered for His Sermon on the Mount:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has become tasteless, in what way can it regain its saltness? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown away and trodden on by the passers by. You are the light of the world; a town cannot be hid if built on a hill-top. Nor is a lamp lighted to be put under a bushel, but on the lampstand; and then it gives light to all in the house. Just so let your light shine before all men, in order that they may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
We are salt and light. Salt makes food taste better to our palate. Likewise, our speech should be salty with wisdom and grace. God has called us to speak truth in love. We can do that freely in our one another.
With heathens, speaking the truth in love is speaking foolishness (1 Cor 1:18-23; 2:14). With them, our walk in Christ shows we are salt and speaks more loudly than words when we live so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in our lives, and we may be glorified in Him.
Paul’s prayer puts that in perspective.
“…we do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 YLT
Don’t let the heathens silence you with “Judge Not.”
Heathens hate our God of the Bible. They would like to silence us from speaking anything from the Bible. If we show by thought, look or response that we are non-conformist to the world (Ro 12:2), one of their favorite tactics is to say: “Your Bible says, Judge Not.” That is true. We are not to judge the world as in sentencing them to hell. The rest of the “Judge Not” is God appointed Messiah Jesus as the Judge of the living and the dead at the resurrection (Acts 10:34-43). We will all stand before Him. He will separate the sheep from the goats (Mt 25). Cf: 2 Tim 4:1; Prov 19:3; 1 Peter 4:5.
Don’t let heathens bully you with “That’s not Politically Correct.”
In that, heathens are similar to the Jews who rejected Jesus as Messiah. “For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn’t subject themselves to the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3
Heathens would like to practice the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21) with no moral restraint. So, they declared all of the works of the flesh to be Politically Correct. In that, wrong is right. And, to in any way resist Political Correctness is wrong.
They continuously try to instill that depraved way of thinking into our culture. Heathens have succeeded in enforcing Political Correctness through: bureaucrats over education, a vehement minority of local and national politicians, laws and judges against business violators, financial benefits to unwed mothers but not to wed mothers, abortion on demand, social and antisocial media, false teachers in some of our churches and congregations…
Heathens hate us. We who trust in Christ are continuously covertly and overtly demeaned and persecuted. That is Politically Correct.
We resist by the power of God working in us.
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 Cf. Eph 6:10-20; 1 Thes 5:5-10
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quoted if from the World Messianic Bible