R.R. Reno, editor-in-chief, expresses a profound truth in the Oct 2016 edition of First Things,
The greatest work of mercy, therefore, isn't to bend rules. It is to form consciences according to the truth.
Amen. Unfortunately many Christians fail to recognize this and instead naively believe that the loving acceptance of any behavior - no matter how contrary to revealed moral truth - is the genuine manifestation of Christian love. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more". Paul ordered the Corinthian church to expel the man in unrepentant sexual sin.
Affirming a same-sex couple in their imaginary "marriage" is not love. Serving communion to an unrepentant adulterer who has abandoned his wife is not love. Supporting someone's decision to "change" gender (even though it's biologically impossible) is not love. A pastor preparing to marry a couple who does not view their cohabitation as an impediment, is not acting in love. Backing a pregnant woman's decision to have an abortion is not love.
True love and mercy does not casually leave someone wallowing in sin and despair. A conscience is trustworthy only to the extent it has been renewed by the saving grace of God and the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. A seared conscience is like a ship without a rudder that is helplessly subject to the whims and dictates of an apostate culture. Paul warns that at the end of the age, many will be led astray "through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared" (1 Tim 4:1-2)
Reno is absolutely correct that the greatest work of mercy is to let truth, no matter how unpopular, be the catalyst for a renewed conscience.
Unfortunately, the church's all-too-often public suppression of its witness to truth (its' primary responsibility!) ... egged on by political correctness, increasing cultural pressure, and civil threats ... is killing not only the culture in which it is embedded, but also greatly diminishing its light to the point of virtual extinction in many cases. The church is to be the "pillar and buttress of the truth." (1 Tim 3:15)
Genuine love speaks the truth.