On Sandy Rios in the Morning the other day, Sandy made the comment that a culture of niceness in the church has destroyed the passion to fight. There’s a lot of truth in that statement.
I don’t think she was saying that we shouldn’t be loving or kind. After all, Ephesians 4:32 tells us:
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
And the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 16:14:
“Let all that you do be done with love.”
So clearly we are to be kind and loving towards one another. However, our society has taken these admonitions to the wrong extreme so that people view speaking the truth as hateful or unloving. In fact, speaking the truth is one of the most loving things you can do. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:6 that love:
In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul says that those who do not love the truth will believe lies and delusions in the end times as judgment from God. It is a love for the truth that makes us courageous enough to fight for it. We must love the truth more than other things. We must choose orthodoxy over fraternity.
But many don’t want to do that. They would just like to get along with everyone and not rock the boat. There’s not much love for the truth or fight in them.
There is a direct correlation between our love for the truth and our willingness to fight. If the truth means little to us, then we will think the cost of standing for it (losing friends, popularity, money, etc.) to be too much. But if we value the truth, we will be willing to fight for it.
“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23