I often feel safer delivering truth in love to a non-believer. Possibly my foreign message would find more audience within the foreign land, where to them, I am neither instantly welcomed nor instantly perceived as a threat. They may ultimately despise the message, but not until having given audience to it.
Maybe the barbarian culture has every bit as much conviction as the apostle, but one that is forged by trial and testing, rather than that of an untried theory. This means that attitudes of an open mind and a welcoming sense of danger are more likely to lie with those outside of the city. They are not protecting a kingdom. They are exploring one. They are seeking truth for themselves from whatever source they can find it. Therefore, the message of truth in love, albeit foreign and dangerous is worth trying, if a messenger as unique and caring as Christ were to present it.
Yet, ultimately, some will cast him off, challenge him, and even kill him. So it is with me. But in what ways, by some trickery of the enemy, have I been the guard at the entrance to the castle—the one who is killing the messenger?
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