Why We are Upset: A Christian Perspective on Current Events-PT. 1
I was inspired to write this in response to a post that my friend shared on FB. I don’t have a problem with other people having different opinions than mine—for example, I like crawfish, sweet tea, and jalapeños and hot sauce on just about everything, but I’m okay with the fact that not everyone likes those things. But when it comes to the things in the word of God, there is no room for opinion, the bible says what it says, and man’s ever-changing likes and dislikes cannot and will not change the word of God.
Here is that post:
“As a follower of Christ and lover of all people regardless of race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or game console preference, I’m going to be very blunt with my fellow Christians: why are you so pissed about this change in MAN’s law? Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible. God’s law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday. The good book said that man’s law wouldn’t always line up with God’s law, so why are you upset that the Bible was correct? If you expect the nation’s legal system to teach your children about Christ then you’re sadly mistaken. God never placed that responsibility with the courts; It’s YOUR responsibility to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
The law doesn’t force pornography upon your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force twerk videos unto your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force heterosexual sex between two unmarried people into your household, but it’s legal. The law doesn’t force having children out of wedlock unto your household, but again… it’s perfectly legal. Homosexual marriage, like the above mentioned “sins”, does not impede on the basic rights of anyone else. It’s perfectly fine not to condone it, but to condemn it and attempt to codify your beliefs into laws that disenfranchise those with different belief systems is not ok. Here’s a newsflash: Making it legal for gay people to be married by definition of man’s law doesn’t mean the world is coming to an end. This isn’t anything new, by the way, as 22 other countries already recognize same-sex marriage years before June 26th, 2015.
While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about state-sponsored sinful lifestyles for a second: every weekend I buy a lotto ticket from the corner store. I’ve been doing this for years. However, my Bible says to stay away from attempts to get rich quick (proverbs 13:11 and 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). I guess that means I should also be condemned to the depths of Hell upon my death.
Look, there are so many other issues that require our attention as Christians: poverty, racism, genocide, persecution of Christians in the Middle East (while we’re complaining about Christians losing influence in American politics, Middle-Eastern Christians are losing their LIVES), and others that are infinitely more worthy of our outrage than the issue of same-sex marriage in America. Instead of bloviating on social media about how offended you are about homosexuality, why don’t you step out on faith and do some real kingdom work?
In closing, it is quite ironic that the most sin I’ve seen on social media isn’t coming from all the rainbow colored profile pictures, but rather from self-proclaimed Christians shouting “F*ck this fag b.s.” with a disturbing lack of one of the very cornerstones of the Christian faith: Grace.”
I’m going to hold up each point that he makes against the word of God, in this post, and the following posts, and see what the bible has to say–I will put my trust and build my beliefs on the word, not on people’s fickle opinions.
1. He asks this question: “why are you so pissed about this change in MAN’s law?” It is not the change in the law that we are upset about. As Christians, it is our duty to warn people of the judgment that will sooner or later come upon those who persist in their sin.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6
We don’t warn people out of anger, or because of some sense of superiority, or self-righteousness; we warn people because we do not want to see anyone die in their sins. It is not out of superiority or self-righteousness–one does not become a Christian until they can admit they are a lost sinner, in desperate need of a savior because we cannot save ourselves. It means coming to the cross, where all of our self-righteousness has to die. It is love, the love the Jesus first showed us, which in turn flows through us, to the lost and hurting, to point them to their only hope.
The person who wrote that post on Facebook claims to be a Christian, but he makes a distinctive between himself, and those Christians he condemns. If he is truly a Christian, then he would have used the words “we” not “us” and “them” The body of Christ should not be divided. Also, the fact that he has no desire to share those parts of the bible which address sin, that shows me he really doesn’t care to save the lost FROM their sin, so his admonishment to “step out on faith and do some real kingdom work” is meaningless if you do not also preach against sin; if people cannot be brought to acknowledge their sin, they will never be brought to acknowledge their need for a savior.