Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pastor Rony Tan's Apology - A Reminder

Pastor Rony Tan's brush with ISD is another reminder to us to heed the Apostle's exhortation in 1 Peter 3:15, that when giving the reason for the hope that we have, we are to do it "with gentleness and respect." This attitude is needed not because of the Religious Harmony Bill, but it is an attitude that reflects the Kingdom lifestyle that we are to exhibit before the world. So, whether we are in the United States or in the People's Republic of China, our kingdom attitude when we share the Gospel truth should not be denigrating of others' beliefs but to simply share the Good News with graciousness and love.

One of the things that continue to turn pre-believers away from Christ is not because the Gospel is not Good News, but the people who proclaim the Gospel are condescending and condemning. Such attitudes are contrary to the attitude of Jesus Christ who came with "truth and grace." Truth proclaimed without grace is harsh and judgemental. Of course, God forbids that we should have grace without truth. We need Truth but we need to proclaim it with an attitude that reflects the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Like our Master we should say to our pre-believers friends: "Neither do I condemn you (Grace)... but go and sin no more (Truth)." Truth without grace will offend. But truth spoken with graciousness of God's love will get attention from those who initially reject the truth.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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