Is this the best way of reaching fellow Christians whose minds we want to change? See my piece today at Religion News Service.
So when do we speak “truth” and when do we hold back, knowing that our truth might cause irreparable damage to another truth or, perhaps, a greater truth? When do we consider how truth-telling in a Rob Reiner film might affect our neighbors or family or the people we sit next to in the pew every Sunday — fellow believers and Christian friends who might think it is a good idea to fly a flag in the sanctuary? How do we think about truth-telling in the context of those truths that just might be inconvenient or might not fit a particular brand or platform?
In other words, when are we speaking truth to power and when are we casting our pearls before swine? These are not easy questions to answer and many evangelicals who labor in the public square will answer them in different ways. But we shouldn’t dismiss them.
In the end, I think it is best to just wait until February when we all get a chance to watch Reiner’s movie. I will be paying special attention to how his Hollywood public relations team rolls it out. But this whole dust-up also raises deeper issues about evangelical political engagement and the best way to address the real problems facing the church today. Will the people who need to hear about Christian nationalism ever watch — or heed — this film? Is this the best way of reaching our fellow believers whose minds we want to change?
How much longer do we keep preaching to the choir and call it “truth-telling”?
Read the entire piece here.