Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fighting the Wrong Battles – Part 2

Based on what I wrote in Part 1 of this two-part series, you may be wondering what will happen to society if we stop promoting our social causes. I’m not sure, but I suspect that no matter what Christians do, our multi-cultural, diverse, and largely secular society will do what it wants. If society at large views gay marriage a something desirable, then it will happen so matter how much Christians try to prevent it. If society feels civil unions are better, then that will happen. Why should Christians spend millions of dollars to fight gay marriage or civil unions when the money could be put to better use evangelizing, feeding the poor, and helping the needy?

On the other side of the coin, why should Christians promote certain social causes that are really more of a legal issue than anything else? Why should Christians be fighting for gay marriage, even if they view it as a fairness issue? There are many other “fairness” issues that are mostly ignored yet involve a much larger percent of the population and that more people could agree on. Why does this one issue take up a disproportionate amount of time, effort, and money? It is especially questionable when you read the prohibitions of homosexual behavior in the Bible. Aren’t those Christians promoting gay rights and abortion really buying into a secular worldview in which God’s prohibitions are ignored?

Christians, let’s get our priorities straight! Let’s stop fighting and start bringing more people to faith in Christ. As more people follow Christ, these social issues will take care of themselves. Let’s stop being politically correct and start obeying Christ’s command to go and make disciples. Let’s stop being so theologically correct and have more concern for people’s eternal destiny. Right now, thanks to this divisiveness, the Church is largely ineffective, seriously divided, and is regarded by many as irrelevant.

I’m sure my proposals have annoyed more than a few people, but I believe what we’re doing now isn’t working. The Church is divided, resources are being wasted, and society isn’t being transformed. We should be in the business of transforming lives and saving souls, not fighting for or against gay marriage and the like. Let’s get back on track and move forward as one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, doing God’s work of converting the world, one person at a time. Then I believe God will bless our work and the Church will once again be relevant, effective, and thriving.

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