In. That. Order.
I've reached an interesting stage in my life coming to a point of talking about God that isolates me from other groups. Apparently proclaiming the supremacy of Christ has a dynamic way of stepping on the toes of those who have other gods. When this occurs, I sometimes struggle with the relationship of truth and grace when these people engage me about my beliefs. The hard thing for me is a question that always radiates in my head when we converse, that asks: 'what happens when my God says yours is a lie?'
I'm not sure how to deal with this.
On one hand, I feel the grace of Christ in me wanting to come along side them. However on the other, I feel the prophets of old wanting to challenge them, to rebuke them, and laugh as Elijah did at the prophets of Baal.
I don't know, maybe it's my own misconception of what grace is in this context. I mean Jesus ruffled a lot of feathers, He had to, He claimed to be the son of God. He forgave sins. He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6.
These are exact statements and I believe every one of them.
I guess if believing Christ is who He says He is isolates and detaches me from a group of individuals I can be okay with that. I've become increasingly more comfortable with being uncomfortable. I guess what I'm trying to say is this...love people and give grace to them, but love God and truth more. Don't feel obligated to succumb to their 'truth' in order to give them grace. You can exist in a place of disagreement or different beliefs and still love. Remember the commandment of Christ is to love God and love people.
In. That. Order.