Let’s be truthful; okay. I always to try to be truthful, but today might be a little bit deeper than usual. It’s going to include truth and love; I really really hope. This last year’s election was a CRAZY cycle. I report for a small newscast, and man, it was so exhausting covering the ups and downs of politics. It almost made me hate politics, but instead the Lord was using it to teach me two huge lessons. The first one? Don’t ever sacrifice truth for love or love for truth.
As a child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and covered in His righteousness, my life has been a continuous journey of learning the balance of truth and love. Love is not true love unless there is truth, and truth is not well rounded truth if there is no love.
‘Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.’ (1 John 4:7-8)
Learning the truth about myself before Christ Jesus saved me is painful, but it has also magnified grace and my need for Jesus Christ so much more. These verses from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 are one of those passages that encapsulate the truth and the love of God.
‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’
I was unrighteous, filthy, a worm, so filthy that not any of my works could cleanse me.
But that is the beauty and deep mystery and glory of the gospel of God; John 3:16 says that ‘God so loved the world that He sent His only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’
The Bible, God’s divine truth, is hard to read sometimes, because it doesn’t make me think better of myself, but it DOES make me think better of Christ and want to worship the only true God who has redeemed me from eternal hell to peace with Him.
That’s truth, and that’s love… And that leads me to thoughts about the election.
Psalm 96 has been running through my head this week, as people waited with baited breath for the elections. ‘For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.’ (vs. 4-9)
Even though I didn’t vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, I am thankful that Jesus Christ is King, and that the Bible, the history of God’s work in the world, shows that God can use ungodly leaders, people who don’t fear Him, to work His own purposes.
Daniel 2:21 will always be true. Let’s take a glance at history and think of the way in which God brought up a king like Pharaoh and used Pharaoh to show God’s glory in delivering His people from Egypt.
‘He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. ‘ (Daniel 2:21)
I know this seems hard, but it is my only hope. I can’t place my hope in the person that I voted for for President, because they are ultimately flawed. Every leader is flawed but Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, and He died the death no man could die, to bear the full wrath of God against men and women’s sins.
Now that is love. It is truth, but that is also love. Would you die for people who were crying, ‘Crucify Him?’ Would you send your beloved Son to take a punishment that those people for whom He died so richly deserved?
There is no greater love than this! No human being could compare to this love. When there is talk of loving one another after the election, my heart, cleansed alone by Jesus Christ, knows that there is no other love to learn from but the love of God in Jesus Christ.
It’s not possible for me to love outside of being made a new creature in Christ. And even though I will disagree with people on their excitement about one president or another for president, I can STILL love them and share the gospel, the VERY VERY good news of Jesus Christ coming into the world and doing what no president can really do.
‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.’ (Isaiah 61:1-3)
The truth is that I will STILL love you whether or not we agree, and I will also share the truth with you. Trump or Hillary can’t save you from your sins, but Jesus Christ can and does and will.
Guys. Gals, I am still called to pray for these men and women in authority, and I definitely will.
‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;’ (1 Timothy 2:1-5)
That’s what my prayer and hope is; I want to honor them as far as I can without dishonouring God. I’m not going to stage a protest, and I’m not going to go argue on Facebook about it, though I have been TEMPTED.
The thing is; I’m called to share the gospel no matter who is President. I’m called to live for Christ, to die to myself, and to love others and love Jesus Christ more than myself.
And that’s what I’m going to keep doing ONLY by the grace of God, only by His might and power in my life; I can’t stop this because God has placed me on this road, and it is an awesome life and an awesome eternity someday.
This also …. is not just something that relates to the election, but it relates to Eating Disorders.
Eating disorder recovery is tough y’all. Sometimes it takes people who love you looking at you straight in the face and saying, ‘Eat. Okay. I love you, and I don’t want you to kill yourself. Thou shalt not kill.’
Ouch. That hurts but it is so important, because many many times during the depths of my struggles I was so blind sighted, so selfish, and so narrow viewed. I needed that open rebuke from my beloved family members.
‘Open rebuke is better than secret love.’ (Proverbs 27:5) I would much rather have someone tell me the truth that hurts instead of trying to make me feel good and ultimately letting me … wander towards a cliff.
There will always be truths that will be hard to say, but if you love someone, don’t hesitate to tell them, because a person’s soul, a person’s life is far more precious than them always liking you, even when you may be lying to them.
‘But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.’ (Ephesians 4:15-16)
That’s what it takes, so I urge you as I leave this post open for comments. I would LOVE, even almost beg you to share your thoughts on truth and love and the election and eating disorders. And I would ask that you would not sacrifice absolute truth or love.
Through this all, God Almighty and His Word is my standard for truth. Sometimes I won’t see eye to eye with people on what truth is, but if there was no absolute standard, truth would forever be changing, and then it wouldn’t be truth.
I’m so thankful that God’s truth never changes because God never changes, and that’s what will be my rock through the next 4 years, through the rest of my life, and on into eternity…
Last of all, a BIG virtual hug to you, whoever you are, whoever is reading. I still love you as a precious human soul, formed in God’s image, even if you don’t agree with anything I wrote in this post. I hope we can still continue talking. 🙂
To end on a fun, light note, let’s just share some eeeattss from yesterday, cause we can. 🙂
I got to do another blogger meet-up, and let me tell you. You have to meet your blogger friends in person. It is SO fun. I got this salad and had fun chatting with Katie from Peace Love and Oats.
Breakfast: Brown Cow Cream Top Yogurt (You MUST try) with PB Crave, Almond Butter, and Trail Mix. 🙂
Ok, now that we did all that thinking out loud with Amanda, I want to know your thoughts:
Do you think the balance of truth and love is hard to achieve? Do you tend to swing really far to one side or the other?
How does one balance truth and love when addressing hard topics like eating disorders or the election?
Other random thoughts in your head?