Are we here to wage a culture war or are we here to make disciples of Christ? If there was a Chick-fil-A in my town I wouldn't be going today--unless I was just really hungry for a chicken sandwich and happened to be oblivious to the controversy. Why? Because we are not hear to make bold statements about our rights. We (Christians) are here to make disciples. We don't make disciples by emphasizing the rights that Christians have. We make disciples by proclaiming Christ and His gospel to the world with what we say and what we do. When the world gets upset because a Christian business owner believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, should we be surprised, upset and motivated to protest. No. Should we roll over as citizens when it comes to the definition of marriage and just except any new definition no matter how it squares with the morality of the BIble? No. But how should we react or rather respond to all of this. We should make the focus of this day to be seeking opportunities to walk worthy of the gospel and share the gospel in love. This means we will not ignore the issue, but we will have thoughtful and compassionate conversations. We will not speak of homosexuals as those sinners over there, but we will humbly acknowledge that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We will not compromise on the truth that God defines marriage as a being between one man and one woman for life, but we will be the first to admit that we have as sinners have all marred that perfect picture and we deserve God's judgment and yet He offers grace in Christ. We will use this opportunity to speak of the grace that God is showering on us in our sin. We will offer that grace to others?
Don't get me wrong, we should always vote our biblically informed conscience and seek to advocate morality as citizens of our free country, but what should define us most is a gracious an humble gospel focus.
Titus 3:1–7 (NASB95)
1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,
2 to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.