My son JM just turned 20 and for his birthday we took a trip to New York and we saw all the sites and did all the fun stuff you do in town but we went and saw a concert, very popular band, huge crowd, and we had great seats and there was so much energy in the room and so much being said, and I was surprised by how much positivity there was in all of the music And as he kept going, he got to a point where he was sharing a little bit of his story but he said to the crowd “in love” – and I could see it on his face he said “you feel that you’re broken but you’re not”, he said “you are not broken, you’re perfect just like you are” and the crowd just roared – and it was such a warm feeling in the room. And all I could think was how beautiful that moment was but it just wasn’t true. And I thought, there are people out there in that room who just felt ‘I’m going to be okay just like I am’. And you know what, we’re all broken, we’re all a mess, and for some reason in our generation we feel that we’re either going to have to tell people the truth or we’re going to love them. And to tell them the truth we’re going to have to get in their face and tell them what they don’t want to hear But if we love people, we’re just going to step back and let people do what they do and let things happen and just love them where they are. Jesus didn’t ever do that. Jesus never spoke the truth without love, and he never loved someone without telling them the truth. He never told a broken person that they were whole, because that’s not love. Everything Jesus ever said or did was totally against the modern culture He was surrounded by, but everything that Jesus ever said or did was totally for people It can be done. We feel in church that if we love someone by telling them “look you’re running off of a cliff right now, you need to stop”, that’s viewed as judgement and that’s just not in the Bible Jesus spoke to people where they lived and he loved them in a way that they were ready to hear the truth. Even if it meant big costs to them. He saved a woman from being stoned, but then he said “Go and sin no more, I don’t condemn you, but you can’t keep walking in this” Loves earns the right to speak the truth, but truth proves that you really love. And in the song “The Bridge”, what I’m trying to communicate is that we need to have bridge building relationships with the world. I think the world has become very educated as to what the church is against but they’re not real sure what we’re for And I think that most people who have a problem with god, don’t have a problem with God It’s what someone at church said about God. It’s what someone at church told them that God thought of them. And I think at times maybe its ‘sin-envy’, maybe it’s the fact that I can’t scratch all of those itches anymore and I’m trying to follow Jesus and they’re out there, these people are out their getting to live their lives and do what they want and it makes me mad at the world. Is it ‘sin-envy’ that makes me want to throw swords in the form of words and tweets at a world that’s bleeding out already? Or can I let God break my heart for people and see that people never were the enemy, the enemy fools people into the things that they do. So as I draw closer to Jesus, I want to see people like Jesus does and I want to meet people like Jesus met me. And we do that by living a life that meets people where they are, loves them where they are, but speaks truth when it’s time to speak truth.