The Perfect Blend of Love and Truth
Dear LGBT Community,
Please be patient with us who call ourselves Christians. The one we are following, Christ Jesus, is the perfect blend of love and truth. We Christians love truth and at times have forsaken love in our pursuit and promotion of truth, leaving people bruised and even bloody. We Christians also desire to truly love. Yet, in our attempt to do this, some of us have watered down truth, leaving ourselves and others confused and without the life-giving medicine humanity so desperately needs. When Jesus the Christ walked our sod He was able to harmonize love and truth in a way that is still reverberating throughout the world today.
An example of this is found in the book of John in the Bible. Some guys were trying to trip Jesus up and make Him look bad. They brought to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. This was a serious offense in the Jewish community of that day, punishable by death. Those who brought the woman were trying to make Jesus look like someone who did not love the truth about sin, or make Him look like someone who does not love.
Jesus did not say a word as the crowd gathered. He bent down and wrote something in the ground. We don’t know exactly what He wrote, but it may have been the 10 commandments. Then He stood up and looked at those gathered around with stones in their hands to throw at the woman until she was dead.
He said to them, “Whoever is without sin may cast the first stone.”
One by one everyone in the crowd left until it was just Jesus and this woman who must have felt shame, anger, fear, and confusion coursing through her body. Jesus looked at her and asked her where her accusers were.
She said, “They are all gone.”
Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way and leave your life of sin.”
In doing this Jesus married love and truth in a powerful and beautiful way. This is the way of Christ and not always the way of Christians. He always gets it right and we sometimes get it right. He loves her by not condemning her, but also upholds the reality of truth by commanding her to leave that life of sin. We don’t know what happened to this lady, but I imagine she never forgot that day.
Those of us who are Christians can all remember the day that Jesus came into our lives with His perfect blend of love and truth, the day He came and stole our shame, anger, fear, and confusion. We were all lost in our sin and Jesus came and asked us to leave our life of sin and follow Him to a life of freedom. We still have temptation and sometimes fall, but we are no longer who we were. We have said yes to Jesus’ call to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. Jesus makes this offer to you as well. The denying ourselves, the taking up our crosses, and the following Him is extremely difficult at times; but just a moment of experiencing His powerful blend of love and truth is worth all the sweat, heartache, and pain.
My name is David Stockton and I am a Christian.