When you value something and think it might be lost, silence is not usually the best option. However, speaking up on hot topics runs the risk of alienating rather than winning over. Tone matters if you want to talk to people who may not agree with you.
If you care about the uniqueness of marriage as I do, but also wrestle with the complexity of how it affects real people, you’ll appreciate the tone of this video. You may not agree with everything here, but the approach respects a breadth of opinions even as it speaks from a place of clear conviction. The message defines itself by being for rather than against. That’s huge.
The way we approach a message is also a message. When faith influences a position, one’s point cannot be lobbed like a grenade without saying something hateful about that faith. Christianity is not a cold set of do’s and don’ts; it’s truth wrapped in a person. If you’re a Christian, you must learn to speak to people with grace even as you speak of truth with clarity.
The following saying has been around for thousands of years and is profound in its simplicity. Only Jesus makes it proactive and not just reactive: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12).
What questions does this raise for you?