I am always grateful for the opportunity to listen to a person seeking truth. It is as exciting as is their confusion in finding a nice box to contain friendships of diverse beliefs, understanding tolerance, and still allow some room for a God who loves. There’s an air of dissatisfaction in their knowledge of Christianity that seems intolerant and judgmental towards anything outside its slice of white bread. As fortunate it is for me to listen and encourage another’s faith towards Christ, I left this conversation pensive and somewhat sad. This sadness stayed and grew with me for the following two days. It left me hollow. My soul felt dry and distant from God’s quenching nearness. I needed to embrace another’s ache of loneliness that left me both sore and sorrowful. Maybe Christianity sells its sizzle instead of its steak. Maybe it’s the push for miracles instead of redemption. Often loving, compassionate and social souls fear their most precious commodity in friendships will be jeopardized should their understanding of Christianity clash with their Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim friends. After all, these friendships are built on genuine trust and mutual kindness which seems to offer credibility to another’s passionate beliefs. Then, like Pilot before Christ, I asked my new friend, “So, what is Truth?” This question still echoes in my sadness since there can only be one truth. Divine truth cannot contradict itself.
Instead of debating the golden rules shared by the diversity of faiths that verifies the world’s definition of religious tolerance, we should view faith through the wounds that forgave our sins. It is joy, not fear, that takes our friends and family by the hand to visits Christ’s empty tomb. We must not look upon another’s sin with judgment but see it through the eyes of a crucified God. We must realize God’s hatred of sin that required love taken from his absolute poverty to gain atonement for his creation. Ironically, this understanding and authority of forgiveness has divided family, friends and nations. Far above any cross caused by the consequence of sin looms the burden of bearing the cross of salvation through forgiveness. Before the modern concept of altar calls and sinners’ prayers gained popularity, those seeking to be holy like God is holy, sought the narrow road of transformation through a reverent, moral life. To be fair, it is the world’s hatred of God’s intolerance towards sin that is displaced upon Christianity’s narrow path to salvation. Therefore, although Jesus came to serve and save sinners, his authority continues to divide. We must first see ourselves as eternal beings regardless of the social and religious friction that makes us nearsighted and fearful. We must encourage each other with the truth that Christ did overcome the world. Christ will draw friends, family, and even our enemies to him if we lift him up. Truly, Christianity is most resplendent when it comes to serve and forgive while leaving Jesus to judge the saved. And yes… miracles still thankfully happen.
This little light of mine…
What is your perspective on seeking and communicating truth?