Responding in Love

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With the recent suspending of Phil Robertson from the popular A&E television reality show, Duck Dynasty, it has stirred up millions of people.  Phil Robertson recently made comments concerning his belief that homosexuality was a sin and condemned by God. Due to those statements he has been put on suspension indefinitely by A&E. How should Christians react to this news? What things should we be saying?

I would like to quickly look at 2 things we should be doing (I know there will probably be more than enough articles on this today so I’ll make mine short).

 

We need to SPEAK the TRUTH in LOVE

As Christians, the Bible should guide our lives.  When looking for the truth we need to look to the Bible for answers.

The Bible does say that homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  However, if we speak that truth and leave out love, we are wasting our time. Paul says in Ephesians 4:15, “Rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, Christ”.  Paul also tells us in the first few verses of 1 Corinthians 13 that no matter what we do, if we do not have love we are “a noisy gong or clanging cymbal”, are “nothing” and we “gain nothing”.

 

We need to STAND for the TRUTH in LOVE

 We need to stand up and not remain quiet—even when it may cost us job promotion, money, fame, etc.  But we must include love in the manner in which we stand for the truth.  In fact, standing for the truth in an unloving manner is not standing for the truth at all.  If we claim to be Christians-we are claiming to be like Christ, followers of Christ, obedient slaves of Christ.  Are we doing what Christ did?  Are we treating others, speaking to others, doing works in the manner that Christ did?

Let’s look at a few truths from the life of Jesus.

-       He rebuked sinners in love (Luke 13:4, .

-       He loves sinners (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:19).

-       He hung out with sinners (Mark 2:15-16, Luke 19).

-       He never hung out with sinners while they were sinning without pointing out their sin in love.

-       He had a genuine concern for their soul because he loved them (Luke 19:9-10, John 4:13-14, John 6:35-59).

-       He did everything in love (I think I mentioned love already…)

There’s an underlying truth here—love.

Standing for the truth also means standing up against other sins—adultery, sex outside of marriage, cursing, drugs, and anything contrary to God’s word. We need to be consistent and stand for the truth when it comes to the whole Bible—and while we are doing that, we need to do our part and strive to live and speak like Christ.

Before we react to recent events, pause and think—how would Christ address this situation?  Would he make statements out of anger, frustration, even hatred that would not only stunt the growth of His church, but also weaken it?  We need to reach out in love to those who are not following the Bible (and that doesn’t just include those practicing homosexuality).  I am not saying water down the truth.  I am saying actually practice the truth, which includes doing all things with a genuine love for God and a genuine love for others.

My prayer today is that the church will respond with love instead of hate or anger. My prayer today is that we reflect Christ.  That is truly how to win souls to Christ.

 

In Christian Love,

Jonathan

 

Aside: For a more thorough look at homosexuality written in love see Ben Giselbach’s article, “What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?” here.