I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. Psalm 119:163
God is rarely ambivalent. He loves truth and He hates falsehood. David spent enough time in the Torah and enough time in worship that God’s appetite rubbed off. How our culture needs more like him. There are far too many prominent Christians in the spotlight who, when asked where they stand on current issues, fail to answer the way God would. Their tolerance makes them palatable to the masses but it erases their saltiness. They have confused loving people with condoning what people do. They have abdicated their chance to speak the language of the kingdom in order to draw others onto the narrow pathway that leads to eternal life.
Having grown up in legalism, I was used to a regular diet of dogmatism. A church or Christian organization defined themselves by what they were ‘against’ rather than what they were ‘for’. They had a poor track record when it came to loving people. Perhaps some of our ambivalence on critical issues is an over-correction to legalistic Christianity. In our collective responses to rigidity and gracelessness, we have made opposite choices that are equally as detrimental to the advancement of the kingdom. The cure for any of us who fail to speak clearly about what we love and what we hate, whether it is rooted in fear or poor theology, is time with Jesus and time to immerse ourselves in His Word. Christian education, in the context of relationship, cures ambivalence.
Today, I follow Jesus who ate with sinners, put his arm around the broken and repentant but simultaneously, spoke clearly about righteousness and unrighteousness. His speech was so clear that his audience saw no ambivalence. They left everything to follow Him or they picked up stones to murder Him. If others fail to react to me in the same way, my speech is diluted and I have a ways to go to look like, and sound like, my Savior.
Sharpen the sword of my mouth with the sword of the Word. Clearer speech, compelling speech, in the remainder of my life. Amen