(Listen to know why I have a picture of a lion in this post.)
Here is the question I explore:
How can I be uncompromising, and bold on the Gospel of Jesus; while still remaining tender-hearted, personal and generous to all?I ask, because it is hard to cultivate both.
I know some religious people who are unbending and bold in their beliefs but have the social skills of a cactus. And that’s at best. At worst, of course, there are many who consider these people dangerous fundamentalists. 'There is nothing more dangerous', they say, 'than over-believing, delusional, zealots.'
On the other hand, I know plenty of religious people who are tender hearted, personal and generous to all, but have the theological backbone of a jellyfish. They may be inspiring and likable but they believe nothing concrete. And they stand for nothing concrete.
Each one of us tends to err to one side or the other. Which side are you on?
Read 2 Timothy 4 beforehand (I'm preaching from the NRSV)...
Pic on Flickr by majamom.