Some may move toward grace because they are afraid to hurt someone else’s feelings, or out of a desire to be liked. For them, it may be difficult to have the courage to speak the truth. But if we think about the kinds of communities we want to be a part of, and to help create, both grace and truth matter. It’s not grace OR truth. It’s grace AND truth.
Consider a bicycle rider on a steep hill who starts getting tired. She does not say, “I think I’ll just stop pedaling for a while so I can rest.” No. Why? Because when we stop pedaling we don’t just maintain our position. When we stop pedaling, we lose ground. The same is true of Christians and the Church.