Some years ago cards were written that were to be used for sharing the faith with friends and family. I remember the outside of the card more than the inside. It said, “Because I care…” Why do we tell people about Jesus? Because we care about them. Love moves us to step past our discomfort or even past the lines of their comfort to share the things we feel are important.
Now, I know that is used as an excuse for all kinds of legalistic judgments. “Because I love you I want to put you under condemnation and into bondage.” Well, maybe it isn’t that honest. But the misuse of love as a motive does not negate it as an appropriate motive. I have been attacked by people who disagree with me “in love.” I doubted that love was the motivation. It seemed much more that they wanted to defend their own way of thinking. They wanted to “straighten me out.” It wasn’t love.
Yes, there are risks to this. But there is more to love’s motivation than a single person when the error comes from a teacher. What about love for all those who are being taught? Is there no responsibility or desire to protect them from the error? Because of love, we have to say something. If we do not, it appears that we agree with the teacher. At least we don’t see an error worth correcting in the teaching. Love seems to be a right motive for saying something.
On one hand, we don’t want present ourselves as superior or become judgmental toward others. On the other, we care about them and want them to find joy and avoid error. Most of us become uncomfortable when we hear error, but are stymied by this dilemma. So we don’t say anything.
Help me out on this. What do you think?