9 August 2014 - clay

So much contention, so little love

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In the Christian blogosphere right now there are several hot topics going around. In one, a well-known pastor has come under fire (again) for some moral shortcomings. In another, a well-known conservative commentator11. I think she’s more of a bomb-thrower, but that’s just my opinion has thrown Christian medical missionaries under the bus, calling their missions work narcissism, contending that there is so much work to do here in the US that they don’t need to be going anywhere else.

In very few articles about either of these issues is there much love expressed. We seem to be content to tear down each other instead of building up each other. We’re so busy making our point of view known that we walk all over the hearts and spirits of those we disagree with.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1

Have we resigned ourselves to simply being noisy in order to be heard above the din of the culture around us? Are we afraid that if we speak in love that we’ll be seen as too meek, or possibly too weak to others? How much more courage is required to speak in a way that respects the hearts of those around us?

Those of us who live in the United States (and by extension, most of Western culture) enjoy a freedom to speak our minds on any number of subjects. Not every culture is that way. Right now in Iraq, there are Christians being killed simply for believing in Christ. Children, adults, whole families are being slaughtered for being different than those who are in power. These people do not have a voice. Should those of us who enjoy these freedoms waste our breath and our words fighting each other?

I’m reading a book right now that I vehemently disagree with. I’ll probably have something to say about it later, but my hope and prayer is that whatever words I do write about it are done in love, with great care.

Let all of us remember that we speak about real people, with real feelings and real families, no matter what they might have done. Let us contend for the truth while speaking in love. Let us defend our faith with confidence, bring sure of what we believe, and not denigrating the beliefs of others. People won’t know Christ better based on the loudness of our opinions, but by the love in our hearts.

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1. 1. I think she’s more of a bomb-thrower, but that’s just my opinion

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