...speaking the truth in love...
No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.
...And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."
As Christians we are not called to be popular. We are called to speak truth. We are not called to keep our faith to ourselves to hide it deep within. We are called to be a light. Even if it is an unpopular light. If fact the world may even hate you if you are a Christian. (1 John 3:13)
I will not sugar coat my faith. People are dirty, rotten sinners and I am one of them. Compared to the purity and holiness of God, I am as dirty as the most rotten and vial of murderers that have ever walked this earth. By comparison we are all. Thankfully, I have salvation. I am saved because of my faith in Jesus Christ. My sins are washed clean as soon as I repent. And I am set free.
Christ brings us all to conviction in our sins at different times. Otherwise we would completely give up. Can you imagine being convicted of all the sins you do in just one day? It would be quite discouraging. But we have a gentle Lord, he changes us. Sometimes it is immediate, and as is my case, sometimes it is gradual and gentle.
Here is the thing, people. Sin is sin. It is what it is. It is not a gray scale. It is Black. It is darkness and it is there. We can not say that a sin or sins do not exist, with the thoughts that without them, more people will come to Christ. Hatred is Murder. A lie is a lie, even if you think that is for the better good... to save feelings from being hurt... even to bring more people to Christ. Sexual perversion is sin. They simply are. I could go on and on about all the sins in this world that separate us from God in his Holiness. Here's the thing, if it was not a part of God's beautiful plan at the Creation, before the fall, then it is not of God. It is Sin. And it is of Satan. And it keeps us from God.
The beauty in all of this is that God redeems the mess that our self gratifying flesh has gotten itself into. God redeems it all through the beauty and perfect sacrifice at the Cross. Christ is our redemption. He didn't just die on a cross. He toke the wrath, the wrath of GOD... all of it. The wrath that was due to us because of our sins. Christ, perfect and blameless and not deserving an ounce of that wrath, took it ALL. For us sinners. Love perfected.
Then he beat death and rose from the grave. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us. Through the Holy Spirit we are molded. And made a new creation. A continuous process of beautification. It becomes not about me, but about Him. It becomes not about you... but about Him.
If you have not accepted that Christ is the Son of God, the Savior, or you would like more information on God and Christ, I encourage you to contact me or to find a Bible believing Church.
I am preferential to the Free Methodists... ;)
May God bless you as deeply as he has blessed me. And more.