More Salt Please
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5–6)
By the time you read this, it may already be over. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees is holding one of their regular public meetings at 6pm. I have never attended one of these gatherings, but my guess is that there aren’t normally a lot of non-board members who take the time to be present.
Tonight will likely be different, as it is the first board meeting after the library hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday, February 9. If you somehow missed it, a Portland nightclub star whose stage name is ‘Clare Apparently’ came at the invitation of library officials to read stories to kids.
As Pastor Matt wrote in this space three weeks ago, it is easy to respond poorly to this disturbing event. Angry ranting, whether in private or in public forums, does not accomplish the will of God. Apathetic resignation is the opposite ditch. Good suggestions were offered for how to engage this issue in a God-pleasing way in the week leading up to the event.
Tonight’s public meeting, coming just 10 days after the event, is clearly a strategic moment to be an influence for godly values in our community. Those wishing to comment will be given three minutes to offer their perspective, and I know a good number of people who are planning to do so.
What would you say? How do you argue persuasively and compassionately for truth without unnecessarily alienating those who believe differently? How can you be both winsome and bold as you declare the impropriety of inviting a star in the adult entertainment industry to come work with children? Great wisdom and courage are needed so that the words of those who represent Christ are full of grace and seasoned with salt as the Scripture says. I will be praying hard tonight for those who speak, and that God will open a door for his message of truth.