Every time I have had the misfortune to switch on the TV to ‘Good Morning Britain’ a Christian has been publicly humiliated on it.
The well-meaning (but often misguided) Christian is on live TV, against a panel of media professionals, in front of millions of viewers, they are a lamb lead to the slaughter.
The most complex and emotive questions of the day are then posed to them in the expectation of a ‘yes or no’ answer. No time is given for a proper explanation.
Frustrated and confused by the interrogation the Christian resorts to a fundamental stance (that the panel were looking for all along) and then they ridicule their extreme position.
It is heart breaking to see that some of the most significant questions of our generation (questions that the Bible speaks directly into with such love and sensitivity) whitewashed over in cold-blood for the entertainment of millions on national Television.
Nobody wins in such an altercation, but the overwhelming loser is Christianity – ironically the historic backbone of the “tolerant” west.
But we (the church) are just as responsible for the lambasting that we receive.
Why do we (as Christians) get ourselves into such situations?
Whether on national TV or on Social media, or at work or in school?
Ask yourself how many people have come to church because of an argument with a Christian?
Even if you have the acumen to skilfully win a debate against our cultures beliefs, has your victory ever brought anyone to Jesus?
Friends, the church is in massive decline and we are losing the war of love. This is because we are getting involved in our cultures semantics. We are spending too much time arguing our moral position rather than sharing the beauty of the Gospel.
We need to get our priorities right!
Nobody in human history has ever been saved by their view on abortion or gay marriage, or euthanasia, they have all been saved by their faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31).
So why do we (Christians) feel that the best way to get our message out is by commenting on such divisive issues?
We are fighting the wrong battles and we are getting publicly destroyed in the process. Culture is no longer on our side.
We are allowing ourselves to be perceived as bigoted, immoral and judgemental, when this is of course not true.
For us the Bibles teaching is God’s revelation on how to live according to His will (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and we work this out in community (the church) as we journey through life together (Philippians 2:13). But for those who are not Christians, none of it makes sense.
Without the love of God, the world will never appreciate our moral position. So why waste time debating it with the unregenerate?
Let us not lead the charge on moral platforms that divide, but rather on the one who so beautifully reconciles. Jesus.
When asked by the Pharisees what to do with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:5). Jesus directly challenged the law givers, showing love to the woman before correcting her moral stance (John 8:11).
We see the same in all of Jesus’ interactions. with the lost. He loves them and corrects only when they come into relationship with Him.
As Christians it is our duty to do the same. To live and uphold the Bibles teaching (Matthew 5:13-16) and to reach out to the lost in love, meeting people with the Gospel rather than in moral judgement (1 Corinthians 15:10).
If the call ever came to appear on Good Morning Britain and I was asked about the Bible’s view on a “divisive issue” my response will be:
“This is a are very serious question that the Bible speaks clearly on, but you will never understand it correctly outside of the context of God’s love for you, do you know God’s love for you?”
“The most amazing claim of the Bible is not in its stance on such a divisive issue, but in the promise of a new and better world, something I am sure all of your audience desires?”
“The Good News that I have the privilege to share with you all this morning, is that whatever your stance is on this matter today, Jesus invites you to follow Him and know the joy of a new and better way of life where all of these questions will become clear”.
I pray this helps!