The word "chutzpah", from old Hebrew and Aramaic roots, connotes bluntness, frankness, and audacity, for good or for bad. In terms of dealing with people, it's the diametric opposite of the American millennial generation. Chutzpah, a big part of Jewish culture, is desperately needed in today's local churches and in a world turned upside down by political correctness.
There were two things about the preaching of the Lord Jesus Christ that gave people pause and drew them to listen. First, they wondered at the "gracious words" that came out of his mouth (Luke 4:22). He was gracious; He didn't rant and rave like a shock-and-awe sidewalk protester dressed in neon colors and publicly singling out individuals. His words, though strong, carried with them His heart and His convictions, "alway with grace" (Colossians 4:6).
But that's not all. Jesus, being truly Jewish in the flesh, also spoke as "one having authority, and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:28-29). He spoke with chutzpah. And the people were therefore astonished. Jesus Christ didn't beat around the bush; He refused to dissimulate; He never apologized for the truth; He spoke plain as if He really believed what He was preaching; and He was never politically correct. His words were "seasoned with salt" (Colossians 4:6).
At times, it can be said that our Lord even used buzzwords that He knew would elicit an angry reaction, but for the sake of the truth, he spoke them anyway. He spoke them; He didn't yell or scream them. Luke 19:40, Matthew 26:64, John 8:44-59, and John 19:11 reflect true buzzwords, true chutzpah, on the part of the Saviour.
We would do well to learn from our Lord's example and be those that say, both to the world and to the church: "I'll tell you plain . . ."
Below, you will find some chutzpahs we have promulgated over the years and for which we make no apology. May these be a source of conviction and motivation to the Remnant Body of the Lord Jesus Christ in dark days when the world needs chutzpah: