The Balance of Truth and Grace
We naturally want the liar to be brought down so that truth wins the day. In fact, sin does bring with it certain consequences (I John 1:5-7). But as Christians, we need to be careful not to get overly focused on the persons involved, rather than God’s glory when truth eventually prevails.
Recently James Dobson had some strong commentary on the direction America has taken under the current administration. He warned that, “…the agenda pursued by President Biden and his Democratic Party could finish off America.” Biden’s rhetoric includes false claims of successes and false blame for politics of division. Dobson went on to say that, “…it seems he (Biden) is willing to say anything to cram his radically left agenda down the throats of all Americans,” Dobson then asks the question, “Are we (Christians) finally ready to stand up and let our voices be heard, before it is forever too late?”
When we read Dobson’s words, it is easy to get our ire up and call for justice and a turn around. Well, we should be disgusted, we should stand up, and we should make our voices heard. Be strong and courageous! (Joshua 1:6). But while doing this we should remember the balance God requires, which is found in Joshua 22:5, “…to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to obey His commands…”
So, let us pray to love, walk and obey as our Lord God directs us in how to stand up and make our voices heard. Take to heart the instructions of the Apostle Paul as he writes to the Colossian church.
Colossians 4:2. Pray, not to expose the sinner, but to shine the light and to display the truth in everything. When a school wins a championship, its trophy case is not filled with all that the other teams did wrong. It is focused on the successes of their own team and players. It is the same with sin, as the truth is revealed, the façade of sin falls away.
Colossians 4:3. Keep the real message central. The message/mystery of Christ and His Gospel will reign supreme. Do not get side-tracked, bring it back to Christ and give God the glory.
Colossians 4:4. Speak clearly. Do not beat around the bush. Be sure your words are lovingly forthright. In other words, do not confuse or hide the message.
Colossians 4:5-6. Use wisdom, make the most of every opportunity. Be full of grace, seasoned with salt in your reply and instruction.
Colossians 4:10-11. Follow the three men mentioned here. They were “paregoric”, like a soothing medicine of truth to bring healing. Like many things, history is what it is. It should remain real, true. Of course, accepting it in this way and learning from it requires grace – God’s grace. Attempting to change history, or “fix” it, eliminates the need for God and His grace in the minds of some.
Let us never abandon our need of God’s grace in our dealing with history, the present day, or in the future. As we pray, walk and obey, may it always be in God’s way. As the Apostle Paul said, “Grace be with you.” Colossians 4:18.
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