Remember not long ago the Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty drama? As a die-hard Duck Dynasty fan I just couldn’t stay silent anymore as I watched my Christian friends become consumed with standing up for him or sitting down for God. When it comes to “controversial” topics in our culture it seems that instead of Christians using them as a tool for Christ’s kingdom or a way to have fruitful conversations with non-believers, we use these controversies as a pedestal to further our agenda. Let’s stop there and get one thing straight, this article is not about whether he was right or wrong by any means, this article is about how do we or should we react when issues like homosexuality, abortion, and other hot button topics are in the spot light. Sometimes I dread these topics because they generally stem from hatred and anger, while doing much praying and discerning over the issue with this most recent topic, I have found that these times are some of the most crucial opportunities for furthering God’s kingdom.
What we forget when we are so high on our pedestal standing for the rights of Christians is that we have no rights. We have no right to anger or hatred. We only have the right to be a light for the kingdom. Jesus did not come to earth to judge the sinners and prosecute the unworthy, because if he did we would all be doomed, but rather he came to tell us he loved us enough to forgive us.
“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7 NIV)
John 8 is a great example of this for some reference into how Jesus responded to those leading a life of sin.
And if we are “Christians” we are Christ followers, to be like Christ, we are obligated to show the same love to the same people he loves enough to die for.
People are looking to the Christians in this major time of worldly reform to see how we react. We are being tested by the world. Now, here’s the important thing, this DOES NOT and SHOULD NOT ever require us to give up things of God for things of the world. We should never sacrifice the things of God to fit into the world, but how we react to the things of this world need to reflect Christ. People will hate us. People will judge us. People will not always find truth in the most absolute truth, because even Jesus the most righteous and perfect man to ever walk the planet was hated, murdered, tortured and put to death. A few means comments on your Facebook and Twitter will never come close to equaling the pain and unjust of his death. So take heart in that, when you are having these conversations.
Abortion breaks my heart. It rips me apart from the inside out and some days I spend most of the day weeping over the idea that this is something happening everyday in our world. But fighting the battle doesn’t always require fighting the person. If someone asks me my opinion on abortion I would never lie to them and say “oh it’s okay if they have a good reason…” or anything along those lines, but rather take the time to listen and love and show them the love behind abortion, the love that Jesus has for every single one of those little babies. We can love on people not on the controversy and still stand with God and his Word.
Kaylee lives and works in Denver, CO with her wonderful husband Patrick and their dog Denver. She is currently pursuing a degree in photography at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is famous for her impeccable taste in scarves and cardigans. Kaylee uses her gifts in film and photography to create “makes your eyes dance” powerpoint slides for her campus ministry. Kaylee is a formal member of the Geek Squad Target, where she is a beast at explaining technology to old people. In her spare time, Kaylee likes to disciple girls and kill zombies.
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