Monday, November 24, 2014
A Feast of Eggshells
Dad's sermon yesterday was on holiday peace. What is the foundation of peace around the family table?
Is it our ability to bubble wrap truth, sweep sin under the rug, and dull the sharp edges of reality before they make their way into our conversations?
That, of course, is no peace at all; doesn't matter how good the turkey is, because all anyone can taste is the eggshells they've been walking on.
"Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife." (Pr. 17:1)
But there's the other option. There's peace founded upon Truth; unity forged in a common, fiery passion for the Kingdom of God. Kindness is only true kindness when paired with truth; love is only true love when it works in terms of God's Word.
And that peace? I'd take bread and water and that peace a thousand times over a feast of eggshells.
But the kingdom of darkness is always asking the Kingdom of Light to settle for the first kind of peace. And not just asking; demanding. Take the teeth out of the Gospel. Be the Wilsonian hailstorm of cotton balls. Ignore the elephant in the room, the lumps underneath the rug, and the sounds coming from the closet and behind the couch. Jesus would want you to be nice, after all.
That's not love; that's not peace; that's not joy; and that's not what Christ calls us to.
Doesn't mean we should speak truth without kindness. But it does mean we shouldn't speak kindness without truth.
Light has no fellowship with darkness; there are no treaties in the war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Our love for others should cause us to call them into the Kingdom- not to follow them out of It.
Doesn't necessarily mean that we can't still enjoy the company of family and friends who are at war with Christ (though it may mean that). It does, however, mean that we cannot enjoy that company on the devil's terms.
If Jesus makes you uncomfortable, then I hope when you are around me you are uncomfortable.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18)
Our goal shouldn't be to get people to hate us. But with brothers and sisters across the globe being tortured and beheaded for their faith in Christ, shame on us if we miss opportunities to be persecuted just a little bit for Jesus because we're too nice to be loving.
Because Jesus, and only Jesus, brings true peace, true love, true joy to the world.