Let's start with a few easy ones from where I sit. Crass is the new clever/cultured, Profane is the new profound, Gender is now a fluid state of being, Same Sex Marriage is the new traditional marriage, .. and Abortion (the ending of a beating heart) is a woman's CHOICE. Choice?, Such a gentle word for such a horrific violent end of the unborn child.
My concern/observation is The church (as a whole) is 1/2 afraid to speak truth in love afraid of the mess it may cause, and the other 1/2 appears to be like the frog in the boiling pan of water slowly cooking in our new boiling baptismal jacuzzi until we are no longer salt and light as commanded in Mt 5:13-16. The church excuses this compromise with the broad brushed statement.. We are about love, Jesus is love.
Same with Paul, he was loving but so very direct about sin not because it was on the TO NOT DO list but because sin is harmful to the body and harmful to the soul. But if a church has a sermon lovingly on the sin of homosexuality it is demonized as homophobic hate. You see, WRONG is the new right even at church.
Do we just gently say, well we all believe generally in the same thing 'higher power' so.. peace be still... even though we as Christians believe there is ONE WAY to Heaven.
I am also a man who compromised too many years with alcohol (aka alcoholic), and it was ruining my life. I share the cartoon on the left that is typically received with collective cringes as it is NOT FUNNY, but it is was becoming my story.
So in response to my drinking my wife expressed to me in love and sometimes the appropriate amount of anger YOU NEED TO QUIT DRINKING. This is not good for you, it is not good for your family. So my question is.. was my wife intolerant and judgmental of me as a person, or was she directly and loving me tell me my alcohol use was hurting me and my family? Well, I believe I would be dead now if I continued drinking. To be honest I did not always welcome her words and would soften them by saying I would do better next time, but bottom-line my wife's lovingadmonishment CHANGED MY LIFE. I thank God for my wife and my three adult kids who lovingly told me truth.
So in this world where WRONG is the new RIGHT how shall we participate? Should we tell someone in need of food and shelter.. God loves you, hope things work out for you, turn that frown upside down, or do something positive for this friend or stranger in need. In a society filled with greed, racism, hatred, gender fluidity, same sex marriage, vulgarity, misogyny, etc do we just say God loves you go in peace to each their own, or do quit apologizing and watering down God's unchanging truth? And will we speak God's truth.. in love? God loves us and HE teaches us a better way for body and soul.
Thank you for endulging me sharing this topic of societal angst that is on my heart.
note: pray for me as many 'lovingly' advise me that I share God's Truth in love with a 2 by 4.. Which is a painful oxymoron that I need prayer. :)