In a pluralistic world of a plethora of
thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and worldviews, it makes total sense to
me that Christians need to be equipped and engaged in "contending" for
I get it. I really do.
It's a larger marketplace of ideas and as such, Christians ought to
engage this marketplace. We're no longer entitled to the majority of
market share -- if we've even ever held that distinction.
But here's one thing I'd like to convey: In the pursuit of contending
for the gospel:
Please, don't be a jerk.
Because honestly, "Christian jerks" are a tragic paradox -- especially
when they think they are doing the Kingdom a great favor.
Let's contend for the Gospel but let's not be jerks in the process.
Nowhere do I read in the Scriptures, "Contend for the gospel as a jerk."
What I'm suggesting isn't all that radical:
"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be
quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human
anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."
Ephesians 4:26-27; 31-32
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put
away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
This call is apropos to everyone, in my opinion, because if we're all
honest with ourselves, there's a little bit jerk within all of us, right?
And in my case, a bit more than a little bit.
We don't have to be mean spirited. We don't need to pummel someone down
into submission ...
Or in other words, while I do indeed appreciate the value and importance
of theology and doctrine, I would suggest that what will fascinate
people to consider the gospel of Christ will ultimately be ...
"how we live our lives."
The Holy Spirit will convict and change. May our lives simply testify
and point to the truth and gospel of Christ.