I was a student at a bible college in Kentucky when I was introduced to a book written by Warren Wiersbe titled, The Integrity Crisis. Although that was the late 1980’s, the premise of the book is still true.
I was given cause to reflect on the book lately due to the swelling number of people who do not want to hear biblical truth. I am convinced Warren Wiersbe had it right. As I recall the statement went something like this,
for years the church has been pointing its finger at the world and calling for repentance. Because of the lack of integrity in the church, the world is now pointing its finger at the church and telling it to repent!
People now challenge the church, even dare the church, i.e. Christian people, to speak biblical truths. The challenge comes in the form of questioning the remarks of a Christian as judgmental. The challenge to Christians also comes in the call to love and support people involved in gross sins.
It is as though you can not call out sin in a person’s life while loving them and supporting them. If you state a person’s sin then you don’t love them or support them. Simply not true.
What is true is the lack of integrity in the Christian arena has damaged the witness and effectiveness of the churches testimony. It is true, Christians are not perfect. Albeit they are forgiven.
Here is the real dilemma. How does a godly spiritual person actually share biblical truth without coming across as being a judge or unloving? Seems all the tact and pleasantries doesn’t work.
Until next time,