Morality and mercy flow throughout scripture like two streams. Together in balance, the two produce “living streams” that make up the Gospel. When one is pitted against the other; however, the Gospel is out of balance.
Binary streams representing part of God’s character can never successfully win against one another. The debate breaks down. People think they are right and others are wrong, but in reality both are right — and both are wrong. In the realm of morality and mercy, God is not just truth: nor is He just love.
God, our Savior and our King, is both-and, 100% love, 100% truth, simultaneously, all the time.
Here is just one example of a Gospel out-of-balance. When people in the biblical box mistreat people outside the biblical box, even believers holding to moral mandates will begin to abandon those concerns. You see, morality is very important: but so is how we treat people. When we treat others poorly, more people see injustice that demands more mercy.
What about the people experiencing the injustice? Yes, they too can abandon morality. In the pain of injustice, we can fuel people playing the victim. We blame them for doing so very easily, but the reality is that we often “play the victim” about much lesser injustices. We do the same thing.
Sadly, the more that people run beyond biblical morality, the more tempting it is for religious people to “press” the morality button even harder. Instead of fixing anything, it distorts the Gospel even further. We panic over sin. React strongly against people who sin. And they run to sin all the more.
In a strange twist, the very tendency we have to “press” the morality button is the very action that propels many further away from biblical morality. At Lead Them Home, we offer a mercy that resembles the Amazing Grace that we ourselves are partakers of. As we extend this living stream – Jesus Himself – “every person” has a chance to discover an authentic walk before our God.
Living our life before God — rather than as a reaction to religious people — means that we can encounter God not as a binary argument but as He is. Heavenly Father. Savior. Friend. Good Shepherd. Light of the World. But also Master. Lord. In God, there is a truth that will cost every one of us something: and a love that will more than heal the wound of any such cost.
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