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Schaeffer & The Great Evangelical Disaster – Timely Words For Today’s Battle

schaefferI’m preparing to teach a class this week at our ROAR School of Ministry here at Living Stones Church where I serve as the senior pastor. As I was preparing today, I came across some vintage wisdom from one of the contemporary church’s greatest thinkers and cultural prophets, Francis Schaeffer. In light of the current national debate over the definition of marriage and the family, I felt his words are just what we need to hear as we wrestle with our moral responsibility to stand for God’s truth, especially in areas like marriage where He has clearly revealed His will.

When we venture into the public arena to speak for God, we must make sure we do so from a broken heart. We aren’t mad at people who happen to hold positions that stand in opposition to God’s truth. On the contrary, we love people while we hate and resist “every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Our righteous anger must be directed toward the “pulling down of strongholds” that have kept people in bondage. So we must stand for truth, but we must do so in a way that honors Jesus, the Truth (John 14:6). Schaeffer reminds us that,

“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”

Truth must look like Jesus. It must flow from the heart of one who has been transformed by Him. It must be filled with and fueled by love (Ephesians 4:15). But truth must be spoken, nonetheless.

Once again, Schaeffer’s admonition rings with contemporary clarity and power:

“Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless….Most of the evangelical world has not been active in the battle…Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth…the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age.”

All of our concern to “be loving” is meaningless apart from the call to “speak the truth.” Love acts as a guide to truth, but it does not replace the truth. The Church of Jesus Christ must lead the way in speaking out and sharing God’s truth in the areas of sexuality, marriage and the family. As Schaeffer rightly observed, “Most of the evangelical world has not been active in the battle.” This, too, must change. Our silence in the day of battle is an endorsement of the “spirit of the age.” We must recover from the “great evangelical disaster” before it is too late.

Act now! Call your state representative and your state senator and tell them to stand for marriage. Express your support for HJR6 and encourage someone you know to do the same.

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