In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “I’m responsible only for what I say, not what you understand.” (John Wayne). In a Christian context, this might say, “I’m responsible only for what I say, not what you will hear or accept.”
Just because no one is listening. and even when people will not put up with what we are saying, we must still keep speaking the truth in love “with great patience and careful instruction.” Always important, it will be even more so, because when this time comes (people willingly not putting up with sound doctrine), we can rest assured the season of “His appearing and His Kingdom” is drawing near.
My Advice – It certainly appears as though that time has come. We must keep our head no matter what happens, even to the point of enduring extreme hardship, ridicule and persecution. The work of evangelism is still our duty to discharge. We may not be responsible if people do not hear or accept what we have to say, but we are responsible for saying it nonetheless. And all the more as we see the day approaching.