Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reaching the Lost or Fighting the Heathen?

I read an interesting post on the Pyromaniacs blog. The first sentence does a good job of summing up the author's concern.

One of the greatest dangers of the political activism of the so-called "religious right" is this: It fosters a tendency to make enemies out of people who are supposed to be our mission-field, even while we're forming political alliances with Pharisees and false teachers.

The question we need to ask is "At what point does our political agenda interfere with our first priority of sharing the gospel?"

Ultimately, there has to be a balance between the two. On the one hand we are citizens, with the right to vote and should be seeking to lead this country in the way of good and not evil. Taking a stand against sin is important. We desire to live where good is called good and evil is evil. Sin is an offense against a Holy God and is harmful to the one who commits it. Warning people of sin and its danger is a message we should share with the world, and if laws can be passed against sin, then some may be discouraged from trying it in the first place.

Now the flip side of this issue. While it is good to fight against sin, it is not good to wage war against those who are trapped in it. Our goal as Christians should be to reach out to these individuals, and to offer them the mercy and grace we have received through Jesus Christ our Savior. Are we really any better than them?

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." I Corinthians 6:11

I guess we need to remain focused on the end goal, which should always be to reach the lost with the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Our desire is for their salvation. Next we must ask ourselves, "Are we moving towards or against this goal?" Who is rejecting whom?

We need to embrace the lost, showing them the love they haven't earned, just as Christ has shown us the love we don't deserve. We have no choice but to love, God's word commands it. Those who are lost in sin are the ones with a choice to make. They can embrace our message and accept Christ or they can reject us and our Savior. We must be careful not to reject them before they reject us.

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