“Our society strives to avoid the possibility of offending anyone– except God.” –Billy Graham
Unfortunately, many who subscribe to Christian faith have fallen into the same mentality. Since the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages nation wide, I’ve seen so many Christians cover their profile pictures with a rainbow filter, post Justice Kennedy’s opinion delivery, and declare this judicial ruling a victory.
To this crowd I say, woe to you. Woe to you who mock God, His Word, and His beautiful divine plan for a marriage covenant between one man and one woman. Your support for this agenda is an assault to the gospel.
Make no mistake, I have friends who are gay, some who are practicing and some who refuse to pursue their inclinations due to moral or religious convictions. I love them all the same. I’ve laughed with them, cried with them, listened to them talk for hours about their life, prayed with them, and just did life with them. That will never change. No, I don’t hound them with the topic. We know where each other stands and we live with it. I’ve written much support for the LGBT community; like this one, this one and this one. (Such a blogger thing to say, right?) I even did a spoken word video on it.
But never do I desire for this support towards the individual to be mistaken for favoritism towards the lifestyle. Unfortunately, many Christians have proven that their spiritual compass rests outside of scripture.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Christian means “follower of Christ.” If we are to follow Christ, then who do we think we are to call the theological shots!? A servant does not tell their master where the bear does his business in the woods. Rather it’s a humble submission to a loving, gracious and righteous God that we serve, follow, and advocate as we are commanded to do; that is, in love and in truth. BOTH. Not just one, BOTH.
You use the #lovewins but do you not realize that love won 2,000 years ago on the cross? So WHY would you celebrate sin, the very thing that put Jesus on the cross!?
Do you realize that when you condone sin, you rob the unbeliever of the truth that will bring them to restoration? Do you realize that when you condone sin, you declare that God’s standard is but a suggestion as opposed to a commandment? Do you realize that when you condone sin, you champion the division one has with God?
When you condone sin, you declare that the Cross of Jesus Christ was rather unnecessary.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!” –Isaiah 5:20
A young asparagus once told me, “stand up for what you believe in, believe in, believe in God, He’ll stand with you!” Why are we ashamed to do this, dear Christian? Why are we afraid to stand for truth? We need more Daniels and Esthers! People of faith who are unwilling to compromise biblical standards. I travel a lot with my job to different Christian conferences, festivals and concerts. Side note: I see the cheesiest of the cheesy Christian shirts. My favorite: “Bae ain’t bae if bae don’t pray!” (Bae meaning boyfriend or girlfriend). Cheese aside, I was highly encouraged to hear the lead singer of Skillet, Newsboys and others bands and speakers challenge students to stay strong in their faith despite cultural paradigm shifts. I’m so glad to have seen that, and I hope it resonates with their audiences.
So many Christians have fallen into the idea that if a nonbeliever has animosity towards us then we must have not loved them the right way. But that is a lie, dear Christian. Granted if you’re being a jerk then that’s on you and you need to get right with God but the world generally identifies hate with disagreement, even when delivered with kindness. That’s a shame. Jesus was clear that many will hate us because of our advocacy for Christ (Matthew 10:22, John 15:18-25). Just as we were lost in our sin and uncanny towards the life of righteousness, so the world will be until they know Christ. Be unwavering. Be strong. Evangelize with love and truth.
Do not compromise your theology for cultural relativity.
This lack of spine comes from trendy rhetoric such as “don’t say ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ because we shouldn’t hate anything as Christians.” WHAT!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? The Bible straight up says to hate sin. To ABHOR it! This does NOT mean that we are to hate the sinner at all! It is our hate for sin that should drive us to love the sinner that much more! Note: sinner means everyone, saved and not.
Anything that put Jesus on the cross is worth hating to me!
“John, don’t we all have sin?”
Yes! The difference is I don’t go around celebrating my sin. That’s what the world does and if you remember the Apostle Paul’s instruction we are to be in the world– not of it. We are to be light in darkness. I don’t celebrate my sin. I repent of it and celebrate the righteousness that I have in Jesus. THAT is the difference.
This type of compromise scares me, and scares me personally. Why? Because sin is sin whether it be homosexuality or heterosexual infidelity, lies, gossip, immoral addiction etc. So my fear is that when I have a sin in my life that is greatly desired by my flesh, am I going to seek accountability and not find it? Will I be at a loss because my fellow Christians have abandoned the faith? I am a sinful person. I have some straight up grit in my life. I hope that I pursue accountability…and I hope that I find it.
Bride of Christ
If you have a constitutional argument supporting gay marriage, fine, but how can you speak so casually of it when you know it breaks God’s heart? If something breaks my wife’s heart I would certainly not celebrate it or even speak casually of it, regardless if I agreed with her. If it breaks her heart then it breaks mine! How can you call yourself a Bride of Christ when you celebrate the very thing that breaks His heart!?
John, you’re judging. You’re not supposed to judge.
Notice that I am addressing the Church here, not unbelievers. I Corinthians 5 charges Christians to make righteous judgements towards each other. If it’s an individual issue towards an individual, then private interaction is instructed by scripture (Matthew 18). But an address to a community without identifying specific people is not unbiblical. So consider this my proactive response to the notorious “judgement” attack. Also note that any comments with this attack following this post will be deleted as the issue has already been addressed.
Step onto the battlefield with bravery. The battle is not an “us vs. them” conflict but rather an “us vs. Satan” conflict. Let’s go out and love the world in a manner worthy of the Word of God. Love, truth and kindness. Don’t cherry pick. The Bible is God’s inspired revelatory message to His Church. Let’s revere it as such. Don’t show love i.e. niceness without truth. Don’t show truth without context or kindess behind it. But deliver your truth in an effective manner, unwavering, uncompromising, and in a way that brings others into the Church with the hope of restoration.
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About the Author
Hi, my name is John and I love coffee. As I write this I’m sitting in a local brewery sipping a “mudslide” espresso with cream and two and a half sugars. There are few things in life that I feel merit precise orchestration with no room for error, coffee is one of them. My life belongs to Jesus. I am his son and he is my King. His work in my life is reason enough for my faith to be made complete. He lived to die for me so that I may be credited righteous thus I will live for him. I don’t hold any radical theological views, other than I serve a radical God. I affirm scriptural inerrancy, infallibility and the Bible as God’s final authority in text. See full bio here