When we begin to see our stance on secondary issues of the faith as the only way, we run the risk of recklessly wielding our right theology swords at others. Our passion and zeal for right theology can’t come at the expense of love.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
The bible itself speaks against having all the faith in the world and abandoning love. There’s no amount of biblical knowledge, spiritual gifts, or measure of faith that allows for us to lose love for others.
Abandoning love is a common sin we too often let sneak into our lives.
Far from rebuked, standing firm for “right” theology regardless of love is often celebrated in churches. We mask this common sin in a sense of spirituality, as we claim to never compromise on truth. The bible is very clear that truth and love must exist together. We can never have one without the other.
2. Slander and Gossip
Our nation seems to thrive on slander and gossip. Or, at the very least, it could be said that we certainly have an addiction to it.
That’s why reality shows and tabloids are so successful. They’re packed full of the latest drama. We actually find the tragedy and misfortune of others fascinating and entertaining. I wish it could be said that Christians are different. Certainly we should be. The bible isn’t unclear about this.
When Paul writes his second letter to the church of Corinth, he is distraught by the way he finds them. They’re not acting as people redeemed by the blood of Jesus. They are acting just like the people of the world.
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
(2 Corinthians 12:20)
Gossip and slander have become so socially acceptable that we give them a pass in our own lives. This common sin flies under the radar as we take inventory of our own hearts. We make far too many excuses for the slander running across our lips. This particular sin is alive and well in the church. It’s one we rarely call out in one another’s lives because each of us is equally as guilty.