As many of you know I’m all about learning the truth and then implementing practicals.
Here are two of the “better” articles I’ve seen about the SCOTUS decision:
However, even these miss the point to some extent.
The absolutely correct decision I have only seen one article mention. That is the government should not be in the marriage “business” at all and leave it as a religious/moral decision. This would hail back to the 1700s and 1800s before “marriage” was tied into government. This all started long before then.
Obviously, the main problem with this is that marriage is intimately tied with th tax code and courts at the moment which means in the quest of “fairness” and “equality” marriage would inevitably fall one day. It was guaranteed because democracy is a flawed government system.
However, all of this is beside the point in my opinion. What is done is done, and how Christians should approach the situation I’ve seen everything from protest, to prepare for the worst, to whatever. I think most of these are short sighted in what it means to be a Christian. Fundamentally, being a Christian is about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all nations.
The Church’s criticism is aimed in the wrong direction.
For the most, I see discussion of homosexuality from a Christian point of view fruitless. Engaging those who believe homosexuality isn’t wrong only alienates those whom God wishes to save. This goes back to the point that the Church’s criticism/admonishment/rebuke should be those inside Church or those who claim to be Christians that do wrong and not those who are outside.
Having done some street evangelism before a much better way to win those who are non-Christians is to emphasize commonalities. For example, instead of coming out and being confrontational about particular issues such as homosexuality or abortion it is much better to share the hope that is in Jesus. That is we all mess up in one way or another, but Jesus was sent by God to die for our sins so that we can have a relationship with the Father. It is AFTER they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and His transforming power that we start to point out potential areas that may need to change in their lives.
Likewise, Paul at Mars Hill in Athens doesn’t go out and preach that people are engaging in idolatry. Instead, he brings he talks about the statue to an unknown God which the Athenians know and uses it as a commonality between them. Then he uses that to preach about the hope in Jesus.
Acts 17:22 So Paul stood in the midst of the [s]Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and [t]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge [u]the world in righteousness [v]through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men [w]by raising Him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you [x]again concerning this.” 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
The last part is the most important. Some sneered at him, but he won some for the gospel that day. Paul emphasizes commonalities and shares the hope of Jesus through these commonalities rather than being confrontation and calling the non-Christians out as sinners in their idolatry.
Let’s face it. Everything but worshipping God is idolatry. Placing money over God is idolatry. Placing women over God is idolatry. Placing happiness and divorce over God is idolatry. Placing your “sexual identity” over God is idolatry. However, that is not what Paul aims to discuss.
For some reason many Christians think that we must confront “homosexuals” about their “sin” because we are the salt and light of the earth. While this is true, it does not win peoplel for Christ but rather is self righteous. In other words, we need to tell them that they’re sinning. Nothing can be further from the Truth.
Now, this is not to say that I don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin but that making it known is foolish in the grand scheme of winning others to the gospel. The time and place to win people for Christ isn’t to guilt people or shame people that do not believe in Christ of their sin. That is why people turn away from Christ because many times His so-called followers are so judgmental of non-Christians when we are not supposed to be.
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have used none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make my boast an empty one. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. 17 For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under [h]the Law, as under [i]the Law though not being myself under [j]the Law, so that I might win those who are under [k]the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
To the sinners I became a sinner that I might win those in sin. Even though I myself am no longer bound by sin in Christ.
This is the whole point of your testomony! Hey, here’s what my life looked like when I was in sin. Then I met Jesus Christ through these circumstances, and my life has changed.
As a Christian I still sin. What separates us from non-Christians isn’t that we don’t sin but we acknowledge that we blow it and repent and turn 180 degrees in the opposite direction. This is because God has allowed Christ to be revealed to us through His grace, and so we share that grace with others. It’s not an “us or them” mentality. After all, we were once them in our own sin.
The love and hope of Jesus Christ to the unsaved
People are hurting everywhere all the time. People are searching for answers. There are many people who believe that their sexual identity and affirmation of their sexual identity is what will solve the pain and hurt in their lives.
- PUAs and players believe that if they are desired by women or have lots of sex they will have peace.
- TRP believes that ultimate fulfillment is in maximizing your own happiness with women, career, hobbies, and whatever else.
- Perhaps homosexuals believe that people affirming their homosexuality and being non-judgmental of them will make them happy and fulfilled.
We know that this is not the case. No one will ever fill the hole in their soul except Jesus Christ and the Father. Yet, if we can’t see past their hurt and pain that we once experienced ourselves we have failed as Christians to understand the love of God in our own lives. We have failed when we express God’s stance on homosexuality when they express their hurt and their pain of being judged, scorned, and hated because they want to be fulfilled and accepted.
It is not their “sin” that we should be pointing out rather the love of God that can take away the hurt, the pain, and the unfulfilled longing. It is only after that their eyes have been opened to the love of God, and they receive His Holy Spirit that their eyes will be opened to their sin.
I intentionally hide my opinion on homosexuality, abortion, divorce, premarital sex, and other controversial topics when discussing it with non-Christians because it is non-productive and it is unwise to share that. Instead, I use the opportunity to discuss identity, lack of fulfillment, lack of happiness, the hurt and the pain — even that other Christians may have CAUSED by proclaiming that God hates their sin — to share the love and the hope of Jesus Christ.
Here’s the hard Truth. Jesus is the only thing that can transform hearts. Exposing others to what is sin in God’s eyes does not transform hearts.
In effect, most Christians are emphasizing a particular attribute of the Father at the wrong time — His righteous and just nature versus His loving and merciful nature. This failure on emphasizing the just nature of God instead of His love drives them away from the Father when they need Him the most.
I believe that pointing out non-Christian’s specific sin misses the point of the gospel of Jesus Christ altogether. It fails to acknowledge the brokeness that we all once were in, and the hope that Jesus has for them in love. Those who are hurting need Christians who relate with them in their pain and hurt not those who condemn them and shame them. That is how we show the love of God that we all have received.