“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” ~E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
“Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.” ~C.S. Lewis
Contrary to popular sentiment, loving does not mean closing your eyes and indiscriminately embracing another’s values or lack thereof. Tragically, many assume that a return to biblical morality translates to a hatred of those who live in contradiction to that moral foundation. Nothing could be further from the truth. True disciples passionately desire all people to know the joy and freedom of a relationship with Christ, and are committed to loving those individuals to Jesus. Opposing an immoral lifestyle does not require hatred of the individual; it necessitates the opposite. Fortunately, it is because we do stand on a firm foundation of grace that we are able to extend hope to all the hurting, confused, and angry. Truth & Mercy have a name–Jesus Christ, the Shepherd of our souls.