I have issues with some of these Christian Culture Police. They march and demand and scream and impose on people. They speak “In the name of Jesus”. They feel that they are called to shine the light of condemnation on those people who they deem are not conforming to the Laws of Moses. They feel justified in vilifying their targets based on what they’ve read in the Old Testament.
Their favorite targets are homosexuals. They go after them with a vengence. I wonder, though, what their true agenda is. Is it that they want God’s best for homosexual people, or is it that they want to spew forth their wrath on somebody “in Jesus’ name”? Because the Christian Culture Police (CCP) that I see and hear and read about always show forth a condemning and overbearing spirit–they are very much like the Pharisees of the Bible! They don’t approach the homosexual with the love of Christ as Jesus requires, but with the condemnation of the Law, which Jesus fulfilled! If they judged themselves with the same Law, they would fall woefully short, moreso than the homosexual whom they persecute! We all fall short.
These CCP have made it their mission to chase down the homosexual as though they are doing God’s work. But do the CCP remember what Jesus said? Do they even know what Jesus said? Jesus never told us to chase down evil doers. He told us to “shake the dust from our feet” (Matt 10:14) against those who seem entrenched in their sins, and that goes for all of us, not just homosexuals. We are called to speak God’s Word to them. His Holy Spirit draws people to Him, not us. We don’t have that power. He never told us to chase sinners down and protest against them and call them out in the media and curse them and try to block them and legislate them from sinning.
It’s up to the person to choose to follow the Lord Jesus. His Holy Spirit draws men unto Him at the right time. God does a work in the heart of the person. The Holy Spirit whispers to the heart of that person. All things working together–an open heart to God, brokeness, God drawing the person to Him, the person’s repentence, God revealing Himself to the person and showing him or her truth–all of these things work together in the amount of time that God controls to bring the person to Him. It may take a person a few hours, or a few days, or weeks, months or even years to respond to the Holy Spirit! Some never will! We have no control over that.
What we as Christians are called to do is to LOVE. Love the sinner. Show love, be loving, be kind, be gracious, be forgiving. This is the best thing we can do. It is the power that God has given us. Anyone who truly wants to help another who appears to be entrenched in a certain sin can help that person by simply loving them with the love of Christ. So that means that we don’t protest against them, and expect them to come to Christ. We don’t vilify them and expect them to come to Christ. We don’t smash them in their heads with our Bibles and expect them to come to Christ. If after we share God’s Word with them and show them the love of Christ they still insist on being entrenched, then we simply keep it moving along–shake the dust from our feet.
For those who decide to chase folks down and browbeat them, let them know that they are not doing the Lord’s work at all, but are instead certainly glorifying and uplifting satan and are laboring in the devil’s workshop along side of his demons.