A Letter to Christians in America

I’ve noticed an awful lot of upset Christians since the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. Reactions seem to stretch from a simple affirmation of traditional marriage to angry condemnations of the court and warnings of God’s impending judgement on our nation. Some Christians are literally outraged.

The first thing I want to say is this: As Christians, we have no business being outraged by sin. Heartbroken, maybe, but not outraged. All sin is an offense against God (not Christians) and it is God’s business to be “outraged” if He so chooses. Jesus directed His own outrage toward religious folks who were outraged and offended by the sins of others. Let’s not be imitators of them.

I understand it’s upsetting when your country begins legally accommodating sins that were at one time unlawful, and you may feel that your Christian faith is under attack. For over 200 years we Christians have had it pretty good in America. We have enjoyed a cultural model based on Christian principles, with laws that often supported Christian morality. We have taken comfort in the Christian veneer of our society, but that illusion is over folks. The United States is and always was an earthly kingdom governed by the Constitution – not the Bible – and led by men, not the Holy Spirit. Now, in 2015, we are finally seeing the fruition of what it really means to grant sinful man the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” apart from any relationship with a Holy God.

And let’s be clear – gay marriage being illegal doesn’t stop anyone from being gay, doesn’t lead anyone to repentance, doesn’t inform anyone of God’s love in Christ Jesus. Instead, it simply helps maintain the “Christian veneer” of America so that Christians can feel comfortable believing that they live in a Christian nation.

As followers and disciples of Jesus – a friend of sinners – we aren’t commissioned to pass laws requiring sinners to behave like Christians, and we aren’t expected to maintain a “Christian nation” on earth. Instead, we are commanded to invite sinners into a relationship with the living God through faith in Christ Jesus, and to exemplify the Spirit of Jesus by bearing the fruit of love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility. Many of the Christian posts I see online right now essentially say, “Gay people, we oppose you! Gay people, you offend me! Gay people, your right to marry is an abomination!” It seems that some are hating both the sin and the sinner, forgetting that at one time, such were you.

Please, Church, get on your knees before God, repent of your self-righteous hatred and start thinking, speaking, and acting as children of God, who loved sinners so much He was willing to die for their salvation.

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About Don

I'm an itinerant book lover, an on again off again writer, an amateur (luthier, pianist, composer, carpenter), a movie buff (the dramatic, well-written, well-acted kind, not the remake of a classic or the explosions and bullets kind), and a believer in Jesus, my Lord and Savior who comes before all these things.
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