This topic has been on mind for a while now. You can read my previous thoughts on it here. I’ve been preparing this entry for a few days now, but with today’s events and the explosion of vitriol accompanying them I felt like it was a timely reminder.
1. We were told to love people. Even when we are technically right we can sin in the way that we deliver that truth.
2. War breeds enemies, not neighbors. We’re supposed to love our neighbors. In fact, we’re supposed to love our neighbors as much we love ourselves.
3. We are disciples, not lobbyists.
4. We were told to make disciples, not legislation.
5. It doesn’t address the problem of sin. Sin is the universal injustice.
6. It is waged from a position of insecurity. It is fought with the language of arrogance. It is fueled by prideful posturing.
7. It is an IDOL.
8. It is based on the false assumption that all people have to follow our beliefs. Again, we may be technically right in our beliefs, but being right doesn’t give us the freedom to be belligerent about it.
9. It is a convenient distraction produced by the enemy of our soul. It makes it easy for us to ignore things like investing in real relationships and actually serving people.
10. It is not our purpose. It takes time away from people hearing and seeing the authentic Gospel at work.
11. In culture war there are no winners, only losers.
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ESV)
This little blog has seen way more traffic than we ever thought it would when we were discussing these ideas a few nights ago. We’ve since tried to articulate a more robust explanation of why we believe this way about this issue. You can find that response here.