Side Effects

A quick side-effect to hearts that are being made uncomfortable is anger.  When we perceive something outside ourselves that is so much more than we are, it hurts us.  This can be part of the process of Christian growth, it can be part of the process of conversion.

While some can be easily seduced by beauty, truth, or goodness, others react with hostility.  This should not be taken as a discouragement, because it means that the target is definitely feeling the sweet pang of conscience brought by the Holy Spirit Himself.  We humans, blessed to have any hand at all in the proceedings, should get on with what we’ve been given to do.

I wish I could say that such anger would always be succeeded by conversion, but I cannot.  Eyes deliberately shut, backs deliberately turn away.  Art throughout the ages has been subject to the desecration of mobs, choosing to burn beauty rather than be scalded by its truth.  Denial, redefinition, twisting… these are also possible reactions.

But such is the nature of choice.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  (NASB)

It grieves my heart.   And then I think, if it grieves me, who loves but little, how much  must it grieve our Lord?

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