Christians, Not Against Anything But For Christ

With much going on daily in regards to society and issues of homosexuality (though this is true to abortion or whatever other societal issue you choose), the church must confess boldly. Indeed, there is this tendency for Christians to speak against things. For many, Christians are simply those who are against homosexuality, against abortion, and against whatever else you want to pick.

Here is the problem. Christians should not speak of being against these things for sake of being against them. The confession and proclamation of the Church must be for the gospel of Christ crucified and risen.

On the issue of homosexual marriage, it is not a matter of being against homosexuality but for the gospel. While I can agree with much of what is shared on this particular example from the Christian Post, it falls short in that it does not get to the gospel.

marriage-of-the-lambTruthfully, any talk of marriage that is not revolved around Genesis 1 and Ephesians 5 always seems to come up short in this manner. The church cannot condone homosexual marriage, because it is against the gospel. It goes against how marriage is defined and given. It is about Christ and His Church. It is for the sake of the gospel. As the bride who awaits the coming the bridegroom, we await that consummation to come in the resurrection, the restoration of what was given in Genesis 1.  For there is not two brides (two churches) thus to have no Savior, nor is there two bridegrooms, thus to have two Christs.

As Christians, when we speak on the issue of homosexuality (or really any other issue) it should not be that we are against anyone but always for the gospel of Christ, crucified and risen for you. This is basis of all discussions of marriage. Issues of divorce, abuse, children, sex, or basic marriage bickering. It should always be for the gospel, about Christ, crucified and risen, forgiving and restoring sinful lives. Until this is the talk of all conversations and marriage, they will always fall short.

Not fully fleshed out, welcome your considerations and input.

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4 Responses to Christians, Not Against Anything But For Christ

  1. Pete says:

    This is good! I do wonder, though, about how Christians interact about marriage and other issues in the public square. While having discussions about homosexuality, the world often doesn’t care about the very true points you bring up that marriage is about the gospel. Is it then appropriate to speak in the public square about marriage as a necessary building block of family and society? You could make the same comparison with abortion and other issues as well. In other words, is Christian conversation about these issues distinguished by context in light of two kingdoms theology?

  2. Christopher says:

    It seems that very often Christians (especially Lutherans and somewhat the Reformed) have hidden behind the veil of “two kingdoms” to avoid the proclamation of the gospel. What has resulted is an often times Christ-less Christianity. I see this as the problem of the church (especially in America). When we leave the gospel and emphasize “marriage as the necessary building block of family and society” this becomes our confession and witness, not Christ. While it may be a true statement that marriage is the necessary building block of family and society, it is not an inherently Christian confession. Other religions can and do make the same statement while leaving Christ out completely. We begin to trust in our reason and strength (and logic?) rather than the proclamation of what is given in the Scriptures.

    So “is Christian conversation about these issues distinguished by context in light of two kingdoms theology?” I guess I’ll answer with another question, if it is not centered around Christ and the gospel is it a Christian conversation?

    To borrow from my sermon this past Sunday: “In today’s political environment, there are also those who would make the United States a Christian nation. They would not use the violent force of the crusades, but they claim that United States is and ought to be a Christian nation. The conversion of any person to Christianity, however, does not belong to realm of politics or political force. We’ve been given to be good citizens. We’ve been given certain gifts and authority within the government, and certainly God’s Word has tremendous impact in the political realm. But we cannot make a Christian nation by our government and by our voting. They only way the wheat grows is to water and nourished. Baptized and fed. Fed properly. For you, that means Word and Sacrament.”

  3. Pete says:

    I see your point, and I agree. As I continue to think this through, let me try to paraphrase the point. The Church proclaims the gospel of Christ and His forgiveness in the world in light of the controversial issues of the day.

    I suppose part of my question regarding the two kingdoms is those times that Christians are called to act like Christians in the left hand kingdom. The public discourse of these issues is both a right and left hand kingdom issue. The Church is always and only called to proclaim Christ. Is it fair to say that Christians, within their vocations, are also sometimes called to argue for peace and good order in our communities and nations?

  4. Christopher says:

    Peace and good order in our communities and nations, yes. But again, so to do all want peace and good order. What defines peace and good order then? Still the gospel. Jesus Himself brings peace, peace that the world cannot give, peace the surpasses understanding. He provides the order in the proclamation of what marriage itself is, Christ and the church.

    How often was the religious conviction of being for the gospel brought forth in the Hobby Lobby case or most advocates when it comes time for voting? The tendency for Christians has been to stronghold the Law and legislate morality. Perhaps that’s the problem, the dependence upon legislation for holy living… (I might flesh that one out later.) Further example, how often are triumphs in public squares proclaimed as “victories” for the church? The same applies to abortion issues. I guess, it just seems that we’ve abandoned our first love (Rev. 2:4) or at least put Him off on the sidelines to brought in only Sunday morning or to rally the troops.

    In rightly recognizing the issue of two kingdoms, let’s worry about the care of souls and confess Christ, define marriage Scripturally and Christocentricly.

    More thoughts from another on two kingdoms here: http://homofactusest.com/2014/07/23/the-politics-of-fulfilling-the-law-and-the-prophets/

    Especially this paragraph: What is unique here from a political point of view is that there is no room whatsoever for a two tiered style of Christian conduct that is strictly dependent upon what “kingdom” he may find himself in. If the underlying premise of the “Law and the Prophets” is an ethic of divine justice and mercy, rooted in the love of God in Christ Jesus, then there is never a time in a Christian’s life when this becomes disconnected, or belonging to another realm. We need to be absolutely clear: no matter what the state may enact or legislate, the task of the Christian is always that of mercy and compassion. One’s politic can only be distinct from one’s Christianity if in fact there are two separate, sharply divided kingdoms; there certainly isn’t one in Gospels.

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