I make only one request. Please read this post in its entirety before making comments.
I thank God for all of you. You have been faithful in spreading God’s message throughout the world.
Moreover, you have not been bashful about the nature of Christ from His miraculous birth to His bodily resurrection.
In fact, you understand better than anyone through how you practice your faith that there is no shame in the Gospel. It is the power of this Gospel that unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ. We all believe in the power of the Gospel to transform the lives of those who believe.
You more than anyone have believed in this message as you have been faithful in carrying this message across the world. What’s more, this has been the very foundation of Evangelicalism since it began.
The narrative you have preached emphasizes how much sin displeases God. In fact, there is perhaps no greater sin than when truth is shrouded by wickedness. This is oftentimes obvious and yet we all shroud truth through our rebelliousness. The biblical narrative tells us that God has revealed Himself through all of the beauty we see around us. And yet, throughout history we have chosen to worship idols, such as power, greed, sex, etc. Even ancient Israel, who knew God, made Him out to look deceptive by turning to the worship of these same idols. As a result, it appeared that God gave up on all of humanity.
In one sense we are all prodigal children. We have squandered what God has given us, we have lived lives in selfish rebellion and at times, perhaps many times, we have cared not anything for God. The message we preach is the hope that accompanies our return to the Father.
All around us there is sin. In our day and age we see all sorts of wickedness. People are greedy, hateful, sexually immoral, untrustworthy, self-absorbed, etc. You are right in thinking that sin should anger us. In fact, does not God’s justice require death as the ultimate penalty for a life lived this way?
Part of the message we preach is how destructive sin is. We oftentimes replace the longing we inherently have for God with other idols. We also know how sin does not add, but takes away from our humanity. For we preach that we are only truly human when we are living in Christ and preaching His glorious message.
However, brothers and sisters, you have no right to condemn others because you are just as bad, just as wicked as those to whom you preach against. When you stand on your bully pulpit and are telling others how sinful they are, you are doing nothing but condemning yourself. The message you preach is a message for you to hear, not them. For the message they are to hear is the message of God’s love, and hope for a restorative humanity and a beautiful life filled with the hope of Christ.
You freely judge others even though you are not the judge. As such, you will be judged and punished by God in the same way you have judged and punished others. Don’t you understand that God is kind, tolerant and patient? Do you not remember the love that God expressed towards you? Does this not mean anything to you? Repentance is experienced through the love of God, not the judgment of man. You do NOT represent Jesus when you preach this message.
Like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day you are blind and stubborn to this fact. What’s worse you should know better. As a result you are not progressing the cause of Christ, but you are simply storing up God’s judgement that will one day be unleashed upon you.
One day God will judge everyone. Eternal life will be given to only those who are doing good and seeking to honor and glorify Him. But God will pour out His anger against those who wish to simply live for themselves.
You who call yourselves Evangelicals claim to have a special relationship to God, which you boast about through your condemnation of others. You claim to know what God wants. You claim to know what is right, simply because you have been taught God’s Word. Because of this you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind; a light for people who are lost in the dark. You are certain that you can instruct the ignorant because you are certain that God’s Word gives you complete knowledge and truth.
Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you also teach yourselves? You tell people it’s wrong to commit adultery, and then you go and do the same. You go around and tell others how they are supposed to live and then go around and do the opposite.
“It’s no wonder the scriptures say ‘the Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’” (Romans 2:24)
It is my belief that if Paul were writing today, Romans 1:16 – 2:24 would look very much like the aforementioned letter. What’s more, what you intend to use as judgement for others is written as judgement towards you for your lack of Christ-like behavior. Do you have to accept behavior that you deem sinful? No. But you also have no right to judge as though you come bearing the full weight of God’s authority.
We are told by Christ, Himself, that the purpose of the Christian life is to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Brothers and sisters, you have many neighbors who are not feeling the love of Christ through your actions.
How are you testifying to Christ’s love within the homosexual community when you refuse to serve them? Are we only to serve ourselves? Christ did not serve Himself, rather He made Himself a servant to others.
How can Christ be present when you refuse to shop at a business that is run by or supports homosexuality? Did not Christ go and eat with tax collectors? Was the fact that He ate with them in some way contributing to the dishonest practice of tax collecting?
Please for the sake of Jesus Christ will you begin showing love to this community? Yes, even people you disagree with. For if agreement was a prerequisite for love, then God would have never revealed Himself to begin with.
For we are told that it makes no difference what you do or say, if you do so without love, you are nothing. For those who think they are loving others, we are given a beautiful definition in 1 Corinthians 13.
It is not jealous.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable.
It keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
It never gives up.
Never loses faith.
Is always hopeful.
And it endures through every circumstance.