I was reading in Proverbs 3 this morning, specifically the familiar passage in verses 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,…” I looked back up at the beginning of the chapter, to get some context, and found this gem in verses 3-4:
As I contemplated that, I was reminded of the verse in Ephesians 4 that declares we must “speak the truth in love”. We often don’t put those two words together, kindness or love, with truth. We act like they are mutually exclusive. In light of all the huge culture shifts in America right now (and I’m assuming, other places in the world), the Body of Christ in the world, the Church, must balance an adherence to the firm teachings of Scripture in all things, and the Biblical call to show love and compassion in all things.
When we are willing to extend the life and love of Jesus Christ to those in the world who believe, talk, look, and live different from us, yet humbly stand firm on the teachings of the Bible, the above verses declare we will find that even when others disagree with us, they will come to view us favorably, and we will gain a good reputation with them. Which will lend itself to more conversations, and more opportunities to demonstrate Christ, that we might lead others to Him, the embodiment of kindness and truth.
We are not called to fight and try to win the culture war. We are called to represent Jesus Christ, and point people to Him.