One Distinguishing Mark

The issues facing society are pivotal, and perhaps a culture war is inevitable. But Christians should use different weapons in fighting wars, the “weapons of mercy” in Dorothy Day’s wonderful phrase. Jesus declared that we should have one distinguishing mark: not political correctness or moral superiority, but love. Paul added that without love nothing we do — no miracle of faith, no theological brilliance, no flaming personal sacrifice — will avail (1 Corinthians 13).

Modern democracy badly needs a new spirit of civility, and Christians could show the way by demonstrating the “fruit” of God’s Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. – Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing about Grace?


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