Friday, June 13, 2014

social issues

Ahh, the great social issues of the day.  Some Christians love to fight over them.  I am not one of them.  I assume that you, like me, have considered them deeply and have your own opinions and feelings.  I respect your thoughts, even if I don't agree with them.

Your opinions on social issues are not a litmus test for whether or not you are welcome in our church.  Everyone is welcome in our church.  Period.

Our church is not about social issues.  It is not about who you vote for or what party you belong to.  Our church is about the kingdom issue.  There is only one kingdom issue.  Do you know what it is?  It is love.  God is love.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The great social issues of the day existed in Jesus time.  Homosexuality, the death penalty, gambling, etc.  In fact Jesus has some experience with the death penalty, and his clothes we sold at his crucifixion by lots.  The issues existed in his day, but he never addresses them.  He does however, have much to say about love.

You will not hear many sermons on social issues from me.  I did not go into the ministry to try to get you to think like me.  I went into the ministry to help you on your journey with Jesus Christ.  I remain committed to this goal.

In today's world, many people are staying away from the churches.  I wonder why?  Is it possible that outsiders are tired of the fighting?  I encourage all Christians everywhere to pursue Christ and on all other issues: think and let think.  We should be spending our time and energy on living a life of love.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

3 comments:

Teresa Jacks said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

Glad you take this approach, Jeff. My head is just spinning this morning, in reading accounts of what's happening in Iraq. It's sad to think that hatred, divisiveness and wars very often occur in the name of religious positions.

Divisions often arise in churches over arguments about social issues. Glad you encourage everyone to keep the main thing the main thing.

Michael Buffon said...

I often read your blog and enjoy it. I particularly liked your post today as it so eloquently expresses my feelings.