Thoughts to my Christian friends.
I’m wrestling through some anger. Not the kind of anger that causes me to go pre Jesus Erika and crack bottles over anyone’s head, so don’t run for the door just yet. This is the kind of anger that will no longer allow me to go along to get along. The kind that propels me to speak up. It’s moving out of fear of what others will think or what others will say into the space of embracing the fire for the sake of justice. There seems to be a list of topics that Conservative Christians avoid like the plague. Just to name a few, things like abortion, same sex marriage, equality, and most anything related to the LGBTQ community. If you’re like me, you might be asking yourself, “but how, how do I speak out in regards to these topics without being labeled as a bigot”, or one of the many other names that you’ll probably get called? I think that’s the thing though. You will receive backlash, you will receive, dare I say it? Persecution. Actually I didn’t say it, Jesus did. In fact, He tells us to expect it. Did you know though, that it doesn’t have to one without the other? We can hold strong to our convictions, be the light of Christ to those around us, and still practice love and boldness. It doesn’t have to be, rather shouldn’t be, one without the other. I love that passage in Micah that reminds us that He has shown us what is good and that what He requires of us is to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. We’ve been given more than enough grounds to anchor our feet firmly in His Truth to tackle the battles of today’s culture that does all that it can to obliterate Truth from the planet. We can do these things, and we can do it with humility and boldness, all at the same time.
So to jump right in here, these are some of the things that keep me up at night. There is an absolute assault taking place against the family in our culture today. We’ve decided we get to decide how this family thing works. Forget the original design, we have new ideas. Want to have two dad’s? Great! Two mom’s? Even better. Imagine the efficiency of that laundry. (There is a progressive feminist that read that and now hates me.) It doesn’t matter how many times you repeat a lie, it’s still a lie. Like the lie “love is love”. I can’t even with this one. I guess we’ve also decided we know a better definition of love. So when your thirteen year old daughter comes home and tells you she’s in love with her forty-two year old boyfriend, or girlfriend for that matter, I guess the response is going to be, “Well great! Because after all, love is love!” This is irresponsible at best and needs to be called accordingly. So where does this leave us? Christians we can’t be surprised when what I’m describing is our world today because much of our world today is Godless. Big G. Quite frankly, it is to be expected. Post modern culture is trying to mold God’s created reality into a reality that they approve of, one that fits their definition of love, marriage, hate, equality, justice, male, female, tolerance, bigotry, and oppression. That does not mean, however, that we are to sit back and take it. A mature, discerning worldview does not need to fear the false messages that the world throws at us. What seems to be the response of many of us though, is that of comfort and safety, or honestly not even knowing where to start. I’ve been guilty as well. We end up being people that others will never say a bad word about. Our comfort zone is cozy and certainly won’t ever require us to rock the boat. We’re careful never to step on anyone’s toes, and when the day is done all is well because everyone likes us. Interestingly, if you’re a Christian, the “go along to get along” narrative is difficult to find in the Bible. In response to the Gospel, we should all be propelled into action. How that looks though, can be different for all of us. If you’re looking for some places to start here are a few ideas. Study linguistic theft, the epidemic of self-helpism in our culture right now, postmodernism, moral relativism, Marxism, feminism, and if you want to be really annoyed, progressive Christianity. Find out ways to be able to defend what you believe and then stand up for it!