Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer pointed out that absolute truth requires confrontation.  One cannot simultaneously accommodate the culture and stand for truth.  But he also challenged those who defend truth to simultaneously display God’s love.  We must defend truth, but we must defend it in love.  As Bible-believing Christians, we are instructed to speak the truth but to speak it in love (Eph. 4:15).  Confrontation, not conflict resolution, is the surest path that leads to peace and unity.  It is His holiness that points us to His love (Rom. 7:7).  The challenge for us as Christians is to simultaneously display truth and love as God does.  If we veer toward the truth and leave love behind, we become judgmental and hinder the redemptive work of God’s love.  Likewise, if we head toward love, avoiding truth, we will cause people to miss the depth and reality of God’s eternal love.  It may seem easier to embrace one or the other—truth or love—as a guidepost, but then we will not reflect the true nature of God to the world.  The challenge for us is to hold His truth and His love simultaneously, confronting that which is wrong, but confronting it in a redemptive way.  God’s purpose and therefore our purpose is not to catch people doing wrong, but to defend the truth, allowing it to reveal what is wrong so that we all are drawn to the forgiveness that is found in God’s love.  The confrontation that truth requires is not pleasant, nor does it make you popular.  You will be accused of being judgmental, but defending absolute truth is not judging; it is holding up a standard by which people must judge themselves or ultimately be judged by God.  But be warned: if you actually enjoy the confrontation that comes from defending the truth, then you may have lost your balance and strayed from God’s love into unholy judgmentalism.  The opposite is true as well.  If nothing in society today stirs you to confrontation because you are concerned it might offend someone, you may have lost your grip on the truth.  If you are afraid of confrontation, it is important to remember that as believers in Jesus Christ we should not be fearful.  Knowing that there will be efforts to deceive the church and Christians in the last days, true believers should be careful to whom they listen.  John 10:27 reads, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.”  John states in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not perfect in love.”  David reflects on this truth in Psalm 46 when he says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (vv. 1-3, NKJV).  No matter what happens, even if the mountains are thrown into the seas, God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in a time of trouble.  Therefore, He will not be gripped by fear.  Likewise we should not be gripped by fear, nor should we act rashly because of fear. 

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