Friday, June 28, 2013

Speaking The Truth In Love In Politics

We Christians need to ask ourselves, seriously, if we are going to love people or not. Even people we disagree with. Even people whom we consider enemies.
The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13, says if we don’t have love, we’re just sounding brass and clanging cymbals.
“Oh, I believe that.”  Really?  Let’s get real with that.
Ready?  Here we go…
If you don’t love President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Holder, and leftist activist SCOTUS Justices, you are just sounding brass and clanging cymbals.
And if you don’t love me, because I just said that…well, you get the point.
Of course, love is a Fruit of the Spirit. And we’re not always going to be walking by the Spirit, are we?  But that’s our goal and the desire of our heart, isn’t it?
On the other hand, we ought to always speak the truth.
We don’t have to cower in our defense of God’s institution of marriage, or ending the murder of the unborn, or any other true and good thing.
But God told us to “speak the truth in love”.
Not just speak the truth.
Not just love.
I know, some of these issues touch our emotions deeply. And evil is real.  But when that results in bitterness and hateful language, we’ve left the realm of our Savior and gone into another realm.
And the irony is, it doesn’t even work in persuading.  No one ever says, “Oh, since you’re yelling at me with shrill anger in your voice and calling me names in ‘ALL CAPS’, then okay, I’ll agree with your view!”
Now there’s no guarantee that speaking the truth in love will persuade either, but at least we will be doing the bidding of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ — and leaving the results to Him.

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