‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ Matt 5.8 NIV. God is not double-minded and neither are the pure in heart. They have one husband who is Christ.
This purity and insight is not something the pure in heart have ‘worked up.’ This resolve and undivided loyalty is ours when Christ is our life and His Spirit is us. He has come in our flesh and we are able to rise above limited identities and partial truths. Not so the political/religious Believer whose loyalty is divided and dedicated to maintaining a self-made identity.
There’s much to be said for courage united with truth. ‘Grace and truth’ equates to courage and truth as Jesus illustrated by giving up His life for the truth of what God had envisaged for us so that we can become who we really are as sons of God.
Yet there are folks who get their security from hanging with leaders of mediocre ideas. Their security is found with the establishment rather than with those who personify truth. They can reproach the latter and even label them with the sins of those who imprison people in ideas that originated with demons. Some of them simply stagnate in religion. Others go on to make a name for themselves as blind leaders of the blind.
There’s honour to be had in heaven and on earth for those who commit themselves to the sing-mindedness of Jesus and His purity of heart. An affinity with God for those whose are committed to liberty and truth over comforting but enfeebling fables. Years later some of them find that they were wrong. But by then the damage has been done because it has been institutionalised and normalised as part of a community that keeps dead people walking. The pure in heart see God and know the truth. The double minded see their own interests and very little else. Susan B. Anthony writes,
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”
‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’ Matt 10.37 NIV.