We can’t speak the good news of the gospel in un-gospel ways.
Ed: Seems like every weekend we have a new example of human tragedy filling the news. How can we get into those conversations in ways that are faithful and compassionate?
Carmen LaBerge: Christians must be prepared to lean into these conversations because this the reality of the world we live in. Whether its a shooting in Texas or a weaponized rental truck on a bike path in New York, evil is manifest among us and we cannot pretend we are immune to it.
Practically speaking, we can't start our conversations today with theology. But ultimately every conversation is theological. We begin by weeping with those who weep. We sit, we listen, we seek to understand. We don't address issues prior to understanding the crushing pain people are experiencing.
In the midst, we bear witness to Christ who entered that pain to bring about God's redemption. People don't need a piece of our mind today but they do need the peace of the mind of Christ.
Ed: We are living in a time of alternative facts, fake news, and general acceptance of “your truth is yours and my truth is mine.” How are Christians supposed to speak truth into a post-truth culture?
Carmen : I don’t want people to be afraid of the fact that we live in a post-truth culture. I want people to see that as an opportunity. Our culture is actually having a discussion about truth as if it is something to be known and ascertained. This is a good thing! In a post-truth culture, while people might reject the idea of absolute truth, what they do not reject is the opportunity for every individual to describe his or her own truth. I am not going to describe ‘what’s true for me,’ I am going to describe the truth I know. And I’m going to ...