July 27, 2009 by Stacy McDonald
I received the following comment on my blog recently from a self proclaimed Christian feminist and it literally brought me to tears. Some interesting thoughts ran through my head as I cont- emplated her words. I recalled a post, Rusty Trumpets, from April, where I tried to share the importance of communicating the Truth in love. Katie’s comment confirmed for me, once again, the truth of Matthew 22:37-40 and I gave thanks to God:
I think we are probably the exact opposite of each other in many ways. I am a feminist, a uber-leftist, and an academic.
But I am a Christian. I was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church and worship at an Episcopal Church (when I am home in the States. I attend a left-leaning Anglican church here in England). For a long time, I have felt so much anger toward more conservative Christians and the image they project of Christianity.
Reading your blog has almost completely evaporated that anger. Reading about your family, its joys and troubles, has humanized a whole group of people for me. It has made me truer to my own principles of inclusion.
Thank you. I truly believe that it is through relationship with one another and with Christ that we find Truth. Your blog has brought be closer to that truth.
With love in Christ,
As we live our lives to the glory of God, truly loving Him and honoring one another, His Truth is made manifest in us. Not because of us, or anything we happen to “do” or “know;” but, because of Him, and the Truth that resides in us.
I told my daughters recently: It doesn’t matter how many good things we have to share, how much God has gifted us, or how “right” we are about anything. If His love isn’t evident in us; and if we don’t openly love our neighbor as ourselves; then all our efforts fall to the floor like rotten, moldy fruit. This doesn’t mean we compromise our convictions. It just means that there is a godly way of presenting the truth. And of course, an ungodly way, as well. There’s the hard part.
We must reach out in love. We must follow Christ’s example. We cheapen our words, as precious as they may be, if our lives don’t reflect their value. God and all that He is, must be communicated to the world by the way we live and by the way we love.
My prayer for us all today is that God would be hallowed in us before the eyes of the world…
“And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 36:23)
Thank you, Katie.