I was inspired by Pastor Joe’s message last weekend that we have been called to pour ourselves out as Christians. Throughout the last couple of years as the culture war in America has intensified, I’ve been convicted of 1 Corinthians 9:22 (“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”) and tried to apply it to the way I communicate my political convictions.
We can’t discuss much anymore without offending someone, and I’ve been convicted that political views just aren’t worth it. The Gospel is the one and only hope for our world, but the thought that we are all utterly depraved sinners, deserving of the wrath of God and in need of His forgiveness is about the most offensive thing you can proclaim in our secular humanist culture. The Truth of the Gospel is challenging enough to go mixing it with peripheral messages.
I struggle with this change as I’ve arrived at my political convictions through prayer, the study of God’s Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Yet one of our enemy’s greatest strategies is distraction. Issues peripheral to the Gospel of Jesus Christ may appear to compliment the truth, but I’ve come to believe they muddy the waters… the life-saving waters of the Gospel.
Pastor Joe and I met with a couple of city officials this week to discuss participating in a public event as a church. We were quickly warned not to engage in “hate speech.” This is the reputation we have, unfortunately, earned thanks to groups who claim to speak for Jesus and weigh in heavily on political views. The enemy will be sure to exploit such extremists to do damage to the Church. I have resolved that putting such peripheral political messages in between the Gospel and those who are in dying need of hearing it is just not worth it. I don’t want anyone to think they need to change their political affiliation to join our church. I just want to accept them as they are.
Jesus saves. The Holy Spirit convicts. My job is to share the truth of the Gospel in love. Back to Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I decided to know nothing among you except Christ Jesus and him crucified.” I pray that our message may be clear and free from distractions. This requires pouring ourselves out by laying down our preferences, opinions, and beliefs that are peripheral to the Gospel.
Published on June 19, 2018 @ 11:28 AM AKDT