Love is the missing ingredient in so much of our gospel presentation and life. We argue because we don't love. We talk, but we don't show love because it is all talk.
The strife in the church over racism, Critical Race Theory, and the other terms that we like to throw at problems reveals a lack of love often. We haven't taken the time to define terms, or we'd see that we're both against injustice. Yet fear, insecurity, and suspicion have taken the place of truth, compassion, and gentleness. We are not seeking to understand.
It shocked me to see brothers calling me a Marxist because I want to end police brutality, but as we talked, we found more in common. I haven't left the gospel, nor do I want injustice upon any man: I'm a Christian, and I want everyone treated right.
When sisters mourn over rape in South Africa and Nigeria, let us mourn with them. Sure, some people will be falsely accused, and we're all against that. But, the problem must be legislated against, "so that we may lead tranquil and peaceable lives in all godliness and dignity." It must be preached to, if there will be regeneration.
"Shut up and preach the gospel," is what many are saying, but you wouldn't say that if your wife was harmed. You'd want justice. You'd want him locked up, and then you'd go preach to him in prison. We want the same: A JUST SOCIETY. Sure, we'll never get there, but things have improved for millions of people through hard work spearheaded by Christians.
Let's bring Christ to the problem: the spirit of justice, truth, love, and compassion. Let's hear each other, work together where we can, and acknowledge that your pet issue may not be mine, which doesn't make it any less important to God.
Let's work together to bring the gospel and differ where we differ. We cannot all think the same, and we can't condemn each other. Love does no ill to his neighbor, and love is how we must handle each other in these tough times. We can't just throw out accusations. We can't just silence our ears.