It isn’t very often that I dive into the treacherous waters of biblical exposition (The Good Lord knows there are enough idiots out there butchering the scriptures), but something caught my eye today, and so, because, as you know, I’m all about the helpful, I share.
So, the Apostle Paul (like me, a late convert to the church, though that’s about where the similarity ends), is writing to the good folks in Ephesus, and he tells them two things in this passage:
Let us then, be children no longer, tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine that originates in human trickery and skill in proposing error.
Rather, let us profess the truth in love, and grow to the full maturity of Christ the head.
So many professing Christians love the first part of that verse, yet entirely forget the second part. It isn’t enough to be doctrinally correct, unless you are, at the same time, not just telling the truth, but telling the truth in love.
That’s where we all fall short, most of the time, whenever we discuss the truth of Christianity. If you’re not sure what “telling the truth in love” means, there’s a pretty stout definition of love in the 13th chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth. You can go read it, or, you can just go to a wedding at any random Church this weekend, because it will invariably be read aloud sometime during the ceremony (If you’ve ever seen “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, you know what I mean).
The point I’m making is this: If you don’t have the ability to convey the truth of the Christian faith in a manner that shows love for the other party in the conversation, you are both better served if you just go ahead and shut up.
Now, if someone will please go ahead and pass around the collection plate; I’m done here.