In the fight against moral decay the greatest challenge is not identifying truth, it’s conveying truth in a way that is clear and compassionate…the way that Jesus did it, most of the time.
Crane Durham hosts a daily show on the American Family Radio network called, “Nothing But Truth.” I look forward to his take on the day’s events, and his example of clear compassionate truth-telling. This week he interviewed John Lenox, author of “Against the Flow.”
Lenox observes that Christ-followers too often err when making moral arguments, because they either present truth without compassion, or display a lot of compassion without truth. Both, he says, are detrimental to the cause of passing on truth.
“God hates sin,” is a true statement, and void of compassion. “God loves sinners” is more accurately expressive of God’s truest intention towards mankind.
A former pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, Warren Wiersbe, once said, “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
Standing for truth is a messy job, but all Christ-followers are charged with the task. Some are lazy and fail to become informed. Others are afraid to open their mouths and make the commitment necessary to promote God’s truth to the world. Lenox reminds us that taking “a stand for righteousness is difficult, (and) expensive.”
Even if you express your truth-filled positions compassionately, you can expect to be mocked, hushed, marginalized, and attacked.
The costs are high, yet Christ’s followers are commanded to reflect the Light in this world. Though it’s not easy, we can intentionally reflect truth with compassion.
“…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (I John 3:18/ESV)
The Purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!