Our Own Worst Enemies

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The other day, a friend of mine said, “it’s amazing to me anybody ever decides to follow Jesus when you look at some of the people who claim Him.” That is so true… sad… but true.

Titus 1:15-16 says, To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. Typically, the media seems to always put the ones who match this description in front of the camera every opportunity they get… but I don’t blame news outlets for this… they know captivating story lines when they see them.

There is a county clerk in Kentucky who has recently become known as a Christian defender of traditional marriage. Conservative Christian celebrities have flocked to this brave woman showering her with praise and holding her up to the world as their icon of steadfast faith. The immediate hypocrisy is that, as far as I can tell, she never chose to make a stand against issuing marriage licenses to men and women who have been divorced multiple times or marriages born out of adulterous relationships. (The fact that she herself has been married four times didn’t help her credibility issue a whole lot either.)

That county clerk is no hero for us. She is really a big part of what’s wrong many times with the Christian movement in America… being known more for what we stand against rather than what we stand for. The day she took her job as a county clerk, whose responsibility it is to issue marriage licenses by the way, she forfeited any credibility to make a moral stand against gay marriage. She forfeited that right because the day she took the job she knew she would issue licenses everyday that would violate God’s guidelines of His definition of marriage. She never chose to make a stand until the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

I’m really sick and tired of us being our own worst enemy. If we would be known for only the things Jesus was known for – loving people, living a life worthy of His Father’s calling, (and admonishing the religious elite!!!) – we would not only regain credibility, we would literally change the world!

Is your heart broken somehow because gay marriage is now legal? Take your broken heart and put it to use to make a difference for people in the LGBT community. Show them you love them… show them you don’t believe it’s your place to judge or condemn but that it’s your place to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In the process, see if God doesn’t heal your broken heart.

If you think that I am somehow letting God down by not having the “courage” to stand up to sin publicly and decry the evils of gay marriage… then guess what? We all are failing and have been for a long time if that is the measuring stick of our faith. Christians rally to picket against gay marriage but when is the last time Christians rallied in mass to decry divorce? Christians rally to picket against abortion but when is the last time Christians rallied in mass to stand up for children dying of starvation all around the world? Christians rally to “defend their faith” but when is the last time we rallied in mass to defend the defenseless… to love the unloved… to change the world?

Don’t tell me that county clerk is a hero. Defending one’s faith is clean and easy. Loving people is messy and hard. My heroes are people like Mother Theresa… and the cameras were rarely pointed at her. I doubt anyone EVER thought, “boy, that Mother Theresa sure makes it hard for us to be Christians.”

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Jason Rehmel is the Lead Pastor at Eastside Christian Church on the east side of Cincinnati. If you are ever in the area – stop by and say hello! Weekend service times are Sundays at 9:30am and 11am!

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