Speaking the Truth in Love

Today I took a bold stand. I said that, I do not give my money to a company that *to my knowledge* openly supports sin. It’s impossible to know 100% for certain about all the practices of every single company I buy from, but when I know for certain that a company is using their influence and money to promote sin, I don’t support them. I try to buy locally, buy from Christian companies or, at the very least, buy fair-trade (or an equivalent) in the hopes of *not* supporting child labor, sex trafficking, employee abuse/neglect and similar sins. No, I can’t know everything and do it perfectly, but I do my very best.

Although that stand upset many people, what really got the nasty comments going on Facebook (and, yes, I do delete nasty comments) was the specific sin that I’m choosing not to support with my money. Homosexuality. Yes, I said it. I agree with God that sex between two men or two women is sin. You know what, though? I also agree with Him that hating is sin. I agree with Him that murder, lying, stealing, adultery and coveting are also sin. I agree with Him that I AM A SINNER. So are all of you. Jesus is the only sinless person who has ever lived. He is the only way for us to find forgiveness from our sins and He is the only one who can pardon us from our sins.

Does that mean I hate sinners? No! We are all sinners, myself included. Calling my sin “good” doesn’t make me any less of a sinner. It wouldn’t mean you loved me more if you excused my sin. Real love is doing the absolute best for the person. If I was choosing to live in sin, it would not be loving for you to approve, support and condone my sin. Love would be sharing truth that would set me free from my sin. Love would be calling sin, “sin” and telling me about the One who paid the penalty for my sin. Love would be telling me the way to find forgiveness, healing and hope that wouldn’t leave me wallowing in my sin. Love would be speaking God’s truth, no matter what anybody says.

My intention when I chose not to support companies that condone or engage in sin is to have a clear conscience before God. It would break my heart to have people who look up to me (such as my sweet girls) being encouraged to accept and eventually participate in a sin because they saw me directly or indirectly supporting it. Yes, each person has their own responsibility before God, but I would never want to be a stumbling block for somebody just because I like to have Starbucks mocha!

Yes, I lost a lot of Facebook “likes” and I’m sure I’ll lose more. That’s okay with me for several reasons. The first is that my choice had nothing to do with trying to make people “like” me. 😉 My choice is the one that leaves me with a clear conscience before God. His opinion is the one that matters most. The second reason is that followers of Christ are supposed to shine light in dark places. It isn’t something that makes us popular, it’s simply something that shows people who don’t know God that there is something different about us. We aren’t supposed to hide at home and pretend that sin is okay. We are supposed to live differently and share truth. If God’s truth angers and offends, that means it has touched a nerve. It means that the guilt under the surface has been prodded and the discomfort has caused a reaction. No, it won’t gain me many “likes”, but people’s souls are so much more important than my Facebook stats!

I have absolutely no feelings of hate towards people who are living in homosexual sin. That is one of the sins that they struggle with and I have my own sins that tempt me. I am not “judging”, “condemning” or “hating” them in the least bit. I am hoping and praying that they will find freedom and forgiveness from their sins, just as I have from mine. I am hoping and praying that they will find God’s grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness, too. That is not hate. That is love.

 

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12 thoughts on “Speaking the Truth in Love

  1. Melissa says:

    That was well said and very true. If all a Christians were bold enough to speak the truth IN LOVE, then perhaps it would not be so widely believed that we “condemn” and”hate” those whose sin we can’t accept as being “not sinful.” Jesus loved sinners, but He did not tell them to go live in sin, rather He have them hope and purpose and a reason to”go and sin no more.”

    • Thank you, Melissa! I hope and pray that some of the people who have been so hurt by hateful “Christians” will take the time to read this and will be able to understand that we aren’t all that way. Thanks for taking the time to leave some words of encouragement!! 🙂

  2. Girl. Way to go. Standing for Christ is the ONLY thing we can do. I stand with you. I took a LOT of abuse when I supported Mr. Cathy of Chick-Fil-A. I lost a lot of fans. However, I didn’t lose Jesus. And that’s what is important. 🙂 Good job.

    • Thank you so, so much, Stacy! Even knowing that the harsh words were spoken out of pain and hurt, it was a really rough day. Encouragement from sweet friends like you makes a big difference! Thank you. 🙂

  3. Kirsten says:

    excellent. excellent. well stated. you are so very right, and if more Christians would stand against sin and call it for what it is, we would be a stronger, much more effective Church. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much, Kirsten! There was a lot of backlash, but I hope that my words helped other Believers to know that they aren’t alone and it really is worth it to lovingly stand for the truth. Thank you for taking a minute to comment with words of encouragement! 🙂

  4. Sharon Thomas says:

    You are entitled to your feelings on the matter but God does not put one sin above another, you may feel justified in your feelings, but lying judging and other sins we do because we are all sinners is looked upon the same in God’s eyes. I try not to make myself feel better about the sins I commit by finding justification in the Bible.

    • Sharon, you didn’t absorb what I said. I said that we all have our own sins that we need forgiveness for, including me! Here are the exact words I used: “I AM A SINNER. So are all of you. Jesus is the only sinless person who has ever lived. He is the only way for us to find forgiveness from our sins and He is the only one who can pardon us from our sins. Does that mean I hate sinners? No! We are all sinners, myself included.”

      I never, ever said that homosexuality is a worse sin than any other ones. It was simply the sin that Starbucks is promoting, so it is the reason I am not buying from them, anymore. 🙂 Even the “smallest” sin (according to the world’s values) separates us from God. My sin leaves me no less guilty than anybody esles sins. We are all sinful and we all need forgiveness.

      I in no way justified my own sin. In fact, I know myself to be just as in need of forgiveness as anybody! Here is the exact quote: “I am not “judging”, “condemning” or “hating” them in the least bit. I am hoping and praying that they will find freedom and forgiveness from their sins, just as I have from mine.”

      I hope that you will reread what I wrote and see that what you assumed and what I said are not at all the same thing.

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