I love James Pyles, my friend who hosts and writes My Morning Meditations. I pretty much knew that when I posted my ‘rather provocative challenge‘ that he would show up… I just didn’t expect to be described, albeit tongue in cheek, as a heresy hunter. Honestly, I’ve read his blog long enough to know the shoe fits his foot. But, it is funny, anyway.
His post, however, made me consider several thought trails…
My first thought was, “What would Rav Shaul/Paul have done if he had access to the internet? Would he have contended for truth on a blog among other medium? Would all of his blog posts have been cookies and cream, hugs and ‘get along,’ or would he have occasionally brought the hammer? Isn’t he provocative at points?”
That led to my immediate second thought, “Don’t we have more than just one tool in the tool bag? Yeshua was gentle and meek at times while other places in Scripture we see Him all ‘fire and brimstone.’ Shouldn’t we also use differing means and messages to wake people up?”
A bit later, I pondered my post thinking, “Is it calling Christendom ‘heretics’ to point out the importance of Shabbat, or am I truth telling in using any number of means to say that Isaiah 56:1-7; 66:23; Matthew 24:20 and Acts 18:4 all speak of the exact same day of the week? Is it One Lord, One Faith, One Body, Two Days of worship? I am convinced not!”
Honestly, I do agree with James that we need to be gentle, but the Word is the Word, and sometimes IT is the Rock of offense. We may try not to be offensive in sharing it, though there are occasions where we must be provocative as we strive/contend for truth. At the end of the day, no matter how well couched, the truth is offensive to those who do not want to hear it.
But, it is good to stop and judge our motives from time to time. I do appreciate James making me do that.