Leadership, family, theology and world events
Who manipulates us into discussing secondary issues?
Recently, I listened to Katie Couric’s interview of pastors; each interview lasted only a few minutes. It was an opportunity to reach millions of hearts. But the same question was asked again and again: “What is your position on gay marriage?” We live in the post Christian America and I believe our message should be similar to Paul’s on Mars Hill to Greeks: “there is a God who created everything, who gave us time on the earth so we can get to know Him through Jesus Christ.” But media is dragging us into what is “hot”, but useless for the Gospel’s sake.
2. Gay community.
Not the whole gay community is radical, but it is led by radicals who are looking on how to alienate those who don’t support them. The picture that is drawn by them right now is: all progressive people support us and only the Evangelical Christians, rednecks, and right conservatives hate us. That very message closes doors to gays and straights who are looking for help. And the church can and should offer solutions to both of them.
The gay community and media have succeeded in marginalizing Evangelical Christians, and alienated people who need help from those who can help. A few years ago, during a break, the guys were sitting and cracking jokes about gays. Suddenly one of them said something like: “And those Christians hate gays”. I was shocked, and responded: “You were just mocking them, and I didn’t participate in it. So how did you come up with the idea that we hate them?” That is the position of many people, they don’t really accept gays, but they believe that all that Christians do is just hate on gays.
Unfortunately Christians have been manipulated into spending too much time and energy replacing the Gospel message with antigay rhetorics. Nothing stirs our community as much as the gay issue. Outreach, mission, prayer, Bible study won’t bring as much posts, reposts, internet traffic, physical gathering, emotions, blog writings, etc. But doing so, we are failing to preach the Gospel, being available for gays who would like to ask for help, and creating an atmosphere where we would see the church not as an enemy, but the doctor who is honest about your condition, yet is willing to help.
If there is something that can be accomplished on this issue, lets participate in it. But if not, let’s cut on empty emotions and posts and concentrate on preaching the Gospel to our neighbors, whoever they are, straight or gays.