Heart Check, Reality Check

I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today.

Here’s a preview:

Recently I had a heart-check moment that continues to nag me. Over the past year, I’ve grown to respect a kind woman who attends the same church our family attends. The other day she shared an article on her Facebook newsfeed from a website that writes stories from a specific angle in the hopes of furthering an agenda. The source doesn’t matter, but my response does.

My first thought was Wow, I had no idea she believes this website. I’ll never trust her again! That thought startled me. I know this woman well enough to speak to her character, and I respect her. So why did I have such a strong response? After much deliberation I determined it was because the underlying tone of the website pushed against my convictions, and it hurt that someone I call a trusted friend was supporting and furthering that message, sharing something on social media that offended me.

More than that, though, the words in the article were critical of my beliefs. My instinct was to summarize the totality of who my friend is by that one article. That deserves a heart check.

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