~ ITEM: Did You Forget Something? (Part I)
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~ TRUTH IS Truth. To doubt that is to despair of knowing anything, let alone God, or ourselves.
However, there’s Truth, and then there’s how you go about seeking & speaking about truth. And not all matters of opinion are absolutely clear or one-sided: there are passing matters, topics on which free folk of good will may legitimately disagree. It might even be the case that both sides of an argument may be wrong!
Then It Gets Ugly
However, there’s no denying a very human tendency to absolutize one side of a debate or argument. Then, the most dangerous and ugly step follows: to label your opponent as ignorant, or evil– or both. After all, you’ve told them over and over the right position, so they aren’t misinformed– it must be wilful evil and denial of the truth.
Why, such people are the very devil! Barely human. Severely horribly yucky. Orcs, in human skins! Just mistreat them however seems good to you! Let ’em have it!!
Except… all people are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. Such cruelty, dehumanization, domination, combativeness, and prideful exaltation is not of God. Jesus did not act that way, and He is the Son of God incarnate. He is the final Judge and Jury of all souls, and his is the last and final word.
If you find yourself or someone else utterly writing other people off in a harsh and heavy-handed manner, you yourself are under the very judgment of heaven, no matter how much you might actually me technically in the right. “Speak the truth in love” says the Apostle Paul– and now, more than ever, we need to keep that command and admonition in our hearts and minds.
Speaking only truth without love is Christless cruelty and pride. Speaking only love without truth is sentimentality and unjust and– ultimately– uncaring. Both errors (or, virtue gone wild & wrong) are truly hellish.
For Christians, the Creeds tell us what to believe in; the Commandments teach us how to live; and the Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to seek & find God. It is never wasted effort to learn or refresh ourselves in these heaven-sent fountains of life, and to ask God to give us the good fruit of seeking him in truth and love, and telling others about him in ways that are winsome, humble, loving, and yet also truthful.
Why bother?– Souls hang in the balance, including mine and yours. See you on Judgment Day. ~