SOME THOUGHTS ON OUR THEOLOGICAL DEBATES
Jesus came to Earth full of grace and truth (John 1:14). We Christians should strive to embody the same grace and truth as we interact with the world around us.
The trouble is that some of us are naturally inclined toward the grace side of things, while others among us are wired to emphasize scriptural truth. As a result we often talk past each other when discussing sensitive subjects.
Whether you're a truth teller or a grace giver, we all need to grow.
If you speak truth without grace, you risk becoming what Paul called a "resounding gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Cor. 13:1). In Paul's metaphor, truth spoken without love isn't music. It's just noise.
There's a lot of noise out there right now.
On the other hand, if grace is your gift then you're at risk of missing opportunities to share life-changing truth with people who desperately need it. Jesus didn't want us to just feel sentimental feelings of love for him. Our lives our supposed to demonstrate a submission to the truth. As Jesus said in John 14:15: "If you love me, keep my commands."
There's widespread disregard for God's commands right now.
So, if you tend to be a truth teller, remember that grace givers might be getting something right that you're missing. Ask God to show you how it looks to show grace like Jesus did.
If you tend to be a grace giver, don't rush to label truth tellers as judgmental, because they might be getting something right that you're missing. Ask God to show you what it looks like to speak truth even if it might be uncomfortable for you.
Jesus is the only one who perfectly and simultaneously embodies both grace and truth. The Church needs plenty of truth tellers AND grace givers, so let's ask God to grow us on whatever side of the equation doesn't come naturally to us.
And let's cut each other some slack while God works on us!