Couldn’t say it better myself.
I’ve been very frustrated by the response of conservative Christians and I appreciated John’s gracious rebuke. I know some commented and were upset because of the many Christians that are supportive of the Supreme Court’s ruling. There is a division in the church over this issue – some Christians are for the ruling, others hold to a more traditional interruption of the scriptures. I hold to the latter view, and while I am saddened that, in my opinion, the Church has lost its understanding on what marriage represents and why God has the right to define it any way He chooses, I am more concerned about the hypocrisy and self-righteousness that plagues those like me, and I think we must repent of lack of love first, taking the log out of our eye, before we can offer the truth of the gospel effectively to those inside and outside the church who disagree with us.
We who call ourselves Christians lost a great deal over the past few days, though it’s probably not in the way you might think.
1) We lost the chance to be loving.
So many professed followers of Jesus spent the last week on the attack, desperately fighting a battle long after it had already been decided. Instead of simply looking for ways to personally affirm our faith in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, too many of us frankly just lost it. We spit out vitriol and we cursed strangers and we lamented America’s demise and we threatened with Bible verses and we treated others with contempt. Our response to the LGBT community and those who support them wasn’t compassion and decency and peacemaking, it was sour grapes, damnation, and middle fingers.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
2) We lost the chance to be good neighbors.
Rather than using…
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