I don’t need to tell you what’s going on around us, for everyone else is doing that.
Facebook exploded. Blogs were written. Blogs were shared. Comments came. Things got a little, how can we put this… unpleasant. It’s all about the redefinition of marriage, it’s got something to do with love, yet there has not been a lot of love actually shown.
I didn’t need to tell you that, but I would like to help you out as you open your mouth in an increasingly intolerant and hostile public conversation.
This is not a long blog with all the detailed answers to the questions people are having about homosexuality and same-sex marriage – you can go to the Presbyterian Church & Nation’s papers for that here. What I have noticed is that Christians need help not with more long blogs (or more time in Facebook fights), but with some short sayings. Just like we see dotted throughout the pastoral letters in the Bible (1 & 2 Timothy & Titus) where trustworthy sayings were like short early creeds that could be remembered by Christians to confess in public together – I reckon we need another one.
Just like we need to remember along with the Apostle Paul, ‘The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.’ [1 Timothy 1:15], we need something to remember for our conversations we have with other people on the redefinition of marriage.
So during our staff meeting & training day, we read and discussed all afternoon through these issues and we came up with a trustworthy saying. It’s all summarised in the 3t’s, here it is:
We talk with truth, in a loving tone, because our testimony is that Jesus is Lord.
In these days our truth and tone matters more and more. Not just because there are a lot of lies. Not just because much of the discussion, debate, Facebook fight has seen no love won between people. But all because the only ones who are even able to engage in this way in the world are those who have this testimony that still holds today, and holds us safe in all circumstances.
We hope this trustworthy saying helps you, Reforming Church. Before you open your mouth or click away at your keyboard, remember to say it to yourself.