Stand Up, Sit Down or Play Dead?

Today was one of those days I would like to forget.  Too many things happening, at the same time, with no time to rest.  In addition to this, the news has been filled with “same-sex” marriage, a book called “50 Shades of Gray” and the up and down “roller coaster” market.  However, through all of this, one question keeps popping up, both on the web and in my mind.  How are Christians to respond to these events?

One argument is Christians should “stand up” for their rights and voice their objection to gay marriage.  Another argument is that we should “sit down” and pray what God would want us to do.  The world would like it if Christians “played dead” and said nothing to anyone about these things.  So tonight, I decided to take on these arguments and see what you think.

Most times, Christians are viewed as “gay haters”.  Why is that?  Mainly it is because there have been some churches or individuals that do horrible, bad things to people that don’t believe the same as they do.  In the 1980’s and1990’s we saw people killing doctors because they were killing babies.  More recently, we have seen a church that burned the Koran because they said, “All Muslims will go to hell”.  I personally have also witnessed people who march against such agendas with signs that say, “Gays will go to hell” or “God hates gays”.  This is what blows my mind.  People claim to be Christians, yet use hate speech and do sinful things all in the name of “holiness”.

On the other side of the fence, are those that believe “in prayer alone”.  They think that as long as they live quiet lives, praying for our country that all will work out just fine.  These people believe that as long as Christians show their lives, the world will be changed.  According to them, evangelism is done by example rather than speech.

If you haven’t guessed it already, I think both of these views are skewed and sinful.  If we are to follow Christ then we need to really follow Christ.  What did Christ do in His day that we can follow and really act upon?

When it came to politics, Jesus never got involved.  He knew what the politics of the day were.  In fact, it was during this “peaceful” time that He decided to come as a baby.  When the religious leaders asked Him about paying taxes (a political issue), Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar and to God’s what is God’s.”  He didn’t say, “Let’s go up to Rome, make some banners, chant ‘Caesar’s going to hell’ and display our dislike for political stances’.  All He said was, “If Caesar requires taxes, then pay them, but also understand that you must give to God what He requires.”  So the next question is, did Jesus stand up for moral issues that were also political in His day?

The simple answer is yes.  The complexity comes in when we look at how He did this.  When Jesus spoke about moral issues, He spoke to any person or group who wanted to hear.  A number of times, Jesus spoke to thousands of people and said, “You have heard it said…..but I say…”  He dealt with everything from adultery, marriage, stealing, murdering and so forth.  Jesus spoke of moral issues but were they political as well?

From history we know that during this time Rome was a very sinful nation.  Prostitutes (both male and female) were allowed to sell their services to anyone they pleased.  Pedophiles were rampant in the upper class society and stealing from anyone they wanted to.  The only policy they set was that if anyone disagrees with them, they need to keep their mouths shut.  This was where the “zealots” (or historical terrorists) came into play.  The zealots would kill soldiers or people who agreed with Rome so that Israel could be freed from Rome’s filth and tyranny.  In fact, Jesus called Simon the Zealot to be a disciple.  This alone I find interesting.

What Jesus did was teach those who wanted to listen about the moral subjects.  Why?  He wanted to show the religious leaders they had a very sinful look at the theological standards of their day.  Jesus taught that if men look at a woman in a lustful manner, they committed adultery.  If someone hated their brother, they committed murder.  Jesus spoke about the principles and not the view of the day.

Today, we saw how North Carolina stood up and voted to ban gay marriage, while our President voiced his view for gay marriage.  We also saw the courts wanting to overturn North Carolina voters.  So how do we as Christians handle this?  Continue teaching to those that will hear about what Christ says regarding these issues.  So if you are willing to hear, here is what Christ said about marriage…

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” – Matthew 19:4-6

Here is what Christ said about homosexuality….

But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:8-10

So if Scripture teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is sinful, just like every other type of sin, then it is clear that gay marriage is completely a defiant act against God.

I may never march loudly in front of the White House or City Hall, but I will continue to speak the truth of Scripture.  Even if all of our rights are taken away, I will continue to teach to those who are willing to hear.  No matter our future, the Gospel will be preached and taught by my lips (or fingertips).

If we take that simple stance, our words and actions will combine to bring the message of Hope and Love to all generations.  As Americans we have the right to fight and complain, but if the majority disagrees we still have the responsibility to speak the truth in love.  Our rights may be in jeopardy but our eternity is secure in Christ.

We need to speak and act in love.  Both are necessary to show the world, we are alive in Christ and cannot play dead.  God Bless and encourage someone today.

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