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Our final truth this month focuses on who we are, as Christians. After the Orlando attacks a few weeks ago, my mind and heart have been circling trying to find a truth I can hold to. What I’ve found is a verse in Romans 12:9. I love the directness Paul uses to instruct the believers in Rome. If I would tell my children any truths, it would be these three:
- Let love be genuine.
- Abhor evil.
- Hold fast to good.
I want to teach them, and remind myself to let my love be genuine. Let me love those who are different than me. Different groups of people. Different ways of thinking. I am to love, through Christ, everyone. Love means telling the truth. And the truth our world needs is the gospel. The real gospel isn’t popular, and that’s ok.
The real gospel loves radically, but also it abhors evil. In Orlando, evil held a gun. Evil spoke in hate and brought fear. When we speak up for truth, we don’t need violence. We can speak the truth in love. Do I believe homosexuality is wrong? Yes. Is it a sin? Yes, it is. But the gospel changes hearts. I can say that because I’ve seen the change in my own heart. With tears, I recognize I was a sinner, lost without Christ. Now, because of the gospel, I am forgiven and loved. Evil will never offer a solution to the problem. The gospel offers the only hope, for anyone. Anywhere.
When we love radically, abhorring evil, we can hold fast to what is good. Goodness is not in rallies. Or changing our Facebook profile pictures. Goodness is not accepting the social pressures of our country. Goodness is not saying we can all believe whatever – and make it to heaven. Goodness does not neglect truth for tolerance. Goodness is the gospel. May I always return to the gospel when it comes to loving others. May I always speak the truth, holding fast to what is good. May I abhor the evil in this world. May my love be true and genuine and rooted in the gospel.
The truth of Christianity is a relationship. Not a religion based on fear, but a relationship rooted in truth and love. Together those two work together, bringing us to God. We cannot forsake one while claiming another. Both are necessary.
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