Last week I wrote a blog called The Man I Want To Be that has seen a great deal of activity because of a couple buzz worthy topics: abortion and gay marriage. If you have not yet checked it out, please do and browse the great conversation that’s taking place. Then come back and finish reading this, of course.
This statement is made quite often, “Christians shouldn’t support that.” This phrase is often coupled with this question, “Can you be a Christian and do/believe in/stand for that?” That just seems so absurd to me at this point in my life… replace that with anything that is considered sin [disobedience to God’s design] and the more appropriate question should be, “How do Christians we stay away from that while attempting daily, weekly, monthly or even more sporadic obedience to God’s design?”
Too often we create opinions on situations that we have never experienced and/or are not tempted by and somehow the evil that we commit is dismissed because it’s not that. I have been witness to this in reading the numerous comments that have been posted in reply to my blog. I have been witness to this in some very personal conversations that I have had with individuals who feel so alone in the mists of their personal “that” that they stand for things or protest actions or speak in a gentle yet evil tone about people who live in a world full of “that“.
Let me help sober you up… YOU are guilty of “that“!
The areas that you choose to disobey God are just as evil as the abortion that I went through with, or two men/two women who choose to express themselves in an intimately romantic relationship. You’re no greater. AND, if in fact you have experienced salvation and redemption in Christ it should only lead you to be more aware of how disgusting your heart truly is which should then lead your heart to praise God for the grace that He poured out onto your wretched little existence.
As the “church” we should not be tolerant of the disobedience and intentional pain that is caused to our family members within our church, especially if the daggers are thrown by fellow brothers/sisters.
But… as the “church” we should extend love to all people who do not know Jesus, not in some relative, new age sort of way, in an active and intentional way, in a Christ mimicking way. The way that Jesus loved the woman at the well, he didn’t walk up to her and preach a sermon on divorce, he loved her, offered her eternal life and then encouraged a movement of separation between her heart and the sin that lived within it.
Get off of your religious high elephant or donkey and don’t make decision based solely on and idea that “the church” does or doesn’t do that.
If you think I’m crazy or heretical, tell me 🙂