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A double-edged sword
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
June 30, 2024

A parody of the game show Jeopardy had guests who were not the brightest misreading the categories, much to the frustration of the host. One category in particular was “(S) words,” and the guests kept saying, “I’ll take Swords for $400, Alex.”

The apostle Paul reminds us to take a sword—“the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). This is our offensive weapon. We use this to pierce the hearts of others with God’s law and God’s gospel. A seminary professor told me both law and gospel need to be there, like wings on an airplane. You can only get so far with one wing on an airplane.

Some think speaking the law isn’t loving. But nothing could be further from the truth. If I let my kids do whatever they want, while I may win “Coolest Dad of the Year,” I will not be showing them love because it may cause them more harm than good. Also, to take the law out of the equation is to forget why we need a Savior. If we don’t need Jesus, what’s the point of his suffering and dying? 

As I write this, our society is hurling (s) words, four-letter words, and you name it. Perhaps it is time that Christians share this sharper double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), showing others their sins in a truthful and loving way. More important, showing them their Savior because that is the best parting gift one could have in this game called life.