[Disclaimer–this post is written primarily to those with a Christian worldview. You are welcome to read even if you are not a Christian. But this is more of a commentary on the way Christians act on Facebook.]
Well, for two days now my Facebook wall has been a battleground for a war between Christians and those who support gay marriage. It always happens so quick, these Facebook wars. You go to bed, and the world is at peace, people are on Facebook sharing pictures of their children or their supper. But when you wake up, profile pictures have changed, people are arguing, and friends are getting deleted. WOW. I hadn’t even finished my first cup of tea.
This symbol below, is flown like the emblem of the new regime. Either you wear it on your shoulder, or you are the enemy [exaggerating for literary effect].
The line is drawn.
And all day long, rockets are volleyed back and forth.
Of course, Christians can’t sit around and let people have their new profile pic.
NO! They have to get theirs.
They have to make ones that look similar.
“NO GAY MARRIAGE!!!!”
This is just the latest Facebook War.
It is funny how Facebook Wars accomplish little, but there are casualties.
At least the last one was a little funner, because at least we got a chicken sandwich out of it.
I love Chick-Fil-A
I don’t think I made a big deal out of it on Facebook. But I was planning to go support their right to free expression, if I hadn’t got sick that day. For me, it was about standing up for someone, who was being targeted for their religious beliefs.
Please don’t get me wrong. I believe we have a right to stand up for the right to express our beliefs (like in the instance of Chick-Fil-A).
That is my point. Let people say what they want–and be like Christ.
I love my friends.
I enjoy Facebook.
But I think we need to make sure, as we share our point–we remember the MAIN POINT of the Gospel.
WHAT SHOULD OUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD BE?
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We are His ambassadors.
He chose us to preach His message of salvation for all people–prostitutes, gays, gamblers, drunkards, liars, murderers, etc.
Gay Marriage is not the crux of Christianity.
We don’t get together on Sundays to worship our traditional families.
We get together to worship a God who has delivered all of us from our sins.
And when we share the gospel we deliver the Law. “All have sinned and fallen short of the righteousness of God.”
But we give hope–for salvation. God’s love and forgiveness of sin if we come to Him in faith as Savior and Lord.
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
When was the last time you saw your Christians going to war over cohabitation, or sex outside of marriage?
People will fornicate, adulterate, practice homosexuality, abuse alcohol, steel, revile, etc.
They always have.
And yet when they come in contact with the HOLY LIVING GOD, they are CONVICTED.
CONVICTION causes them to cry out for mercy.
And find GRACE.
And receive HELP to repent.
I think, what saddens me, is the idea that homosexuality is what is keeping them out of heaven. But the truth is that even a heterosexual virgin–is still in sin without Christ.
EVEN IF someone stops practicing homosexuality (which is impossible apart from the enabling of the Holy Spirit)–they STILL NEED JESUS and to be forgiven of other sins.
Homosexuality is not the key sin that keeps you from God.
Although I think sometimes we make it into this hopeless crime.
Paul said, “Such were some of you, but you were washed you were cleansed.” He is saying that in the church of Corinth, there WERE people who were saved from homosexual sins.
I have a close friend who used to march at the Gay Pride parades with her partner.
Now she has come out of that life and sits in church, with her hands raised to Jesus.
Saved from ALL her sins.
Now she reaches out to the community she used to be a part of.
She knows how they think; she used to think that way.
Once under the rainbow banner, now she is under the Lord’s loving banner.
Jesus blood is enough for All sin.
THE WORLD NEEDS THE GOSPEL–
Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. We like sheep have all gone astray, and they have lain on him the iniquity of us all. He bore our sins. He died for our transgressions. He paid our debt. He bridged the gap between sinful man and the Holy Father. And now, He is calling out to lost sinners, “COME! Be made whole! Be forgiven.” If you place your faith in Jesus Christ, asking Him to forgive your sins and be your Savior–He will forgive you. He will be your God. We need to stop shaking our fists in His face, in rebellion–and come humbly to the foot of the cross. He is not calling you to utter an empty prayer, but to FOLLOW Him in faith. As you follow Him, He will make you holy. Salvation is a supernatural work. When you call upon God for salvation, He will hear you. He will answer you. And you will be made a NEW CREATION. You will be changed. BORN AGAIN. SPIRITUAL REBIRTH. It is the most amazing miracle ever.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
It seems like from the Facebook posts, the Christians would prefer to settle for people embracing heterosexuality–
instead of desiring people to embrace Jesus and becoming a NEW CREATION entirely.
Aside from the minority of churches that ignore the clear teachings of the Bible, it is clear that Christianity as a whole believes that homosexuality is a sin.
My friends on Facebook already know what I believe, so I am not sharing any of the pictures above; I would rather keep sharing the gospel.
And my Facebook friends have a right to disagree with me and my beliefs.
But I am watching all these people argue and fight and offend everyone– and for what???
Is anyone changing their mind?
Does that mean we all keep silent about our beliefs?
But is this the BEST way that we can share our faith?
And if we CAN share our faith on Facebook . . .
Is this really the message . . .
Does Traditional Marriage SAVE?
Do Our Clever Little Pictures On Facebook Save?
Not really (at least I don’t think so).
Jesus Saves from ALL sin.
So I will just keep sharing the Word–posting Scriptures (in love and in prayer).
The Scriptures are living and they accomplish HIS purpose, drawing us to salvation.
And I will show love to my friends,
Asking God to give me specific encouragement for them that I can share privately.
I want to keep myself usable
–not get myself deleted.
Salvation still happens.
Forgive me if this post sounds all preachy and opinionated.
Post whatever you want on your Facebook–it is yours : )
But if you are Christian, remember the main point–and share it the best way you know how.
And by ALL MEANS keep sharing the truth.
Don’t be afraid to say what the Bible teaches.
Just don’t make it into some ugly war, where people you could have shared the gospel with or prayed for, or even told the truth to in a better way–get hurt.
I also, feel bad when a whole group of people feel targeted and singled out in a negative way. I just don’t think that is the healthiest form of communication.
One of my most encouraging Facebook friends posted this picture below. I think it sums it up better than I did!
I should have just posted this, and been done with it.
God bless you.
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.