We have all seen where things the public deems them politically correct or not politically correct. The Bible is quite clear on what is sin and what is not sin which is anything that is short of God’s perfection (Romans 3:23), but we know full well no one is perfect (Romans 3:23). Most of actions and thoughts that the Bible calls sin is not politically correct to call it sin. That where Christians have to decide how to respond to hot topic issues that the Bible clearly states is sin.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Hate the sin, but not the sinner”? I have heard this statement many times from Christians and it really sends the wrong message about Christians. The focus is on hate, but as Christian we need to express what the Bible says. I have been reading and hearing a lot about what happens to Christians when they state what they believe which is Bible based on some of the hot button topic issues where their biblical views are not currently politically correct (e.g. homosexuality, adultery, casual sex, lying, cheating, etc). As soon as a christian speaks about one of these hot button issues, different non-christian come out to condemn the christian for saying what he believes (i.e. christian are judgemental) or different christians say “hate the sin, but not the sinner”. For christians in the public eye the condemnation seems worse. The condemnation is spread wide and publicize in different media. Some companies who are sponsoring the christian in the public eye may stop funding them. What should a Christian do?
I was looking at two sections of Bible; one is John 4:1-26 and the other is John 8:1-11. John 4 talks about how Jesus not only talks to a Samaritan woman (in those days, Jews and Samaritans did not associated with each other) and presents the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus, but also shows her why she cannot earn this gift by talking about her having five husbands and living with a guy who is not her husband. John 8 talks about how the Pharisees who brought a woman who committed adultery to see how Jesus would respond on what should happen to this women. Jesus starting writing in the dirt and one by one the Pharisees left the area until none of them were left. When Jesus got up and asked the women where were her accusers she said no one was there. Which Jesus replied “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (verse John 8:11). I think these two Bible passages give Christian a few guidelines on how to respond to hot topic issues where their response is not politically correct.
Speak the truth– Christian should never respond to an issue in a non-biblical way. Never call what the Bible calls sin good. In John 8, Jesus plainly states to “leave your life of sin” (John 8:11). Once you come to accept Jesus is your Lord and Savior from hell, Jesus never states to stay in your sins, but quite the opposite (see Romans 6:15-23). Christians need to speak about issues from a biblically point a view whether it is be politically correct or not politically correct.
Speak Knowledgeable – If you do not know what Bible says about a topic, ask God to help you find out the truth on that topic, dig into your Bible, use Bible tools (concordance, Bible studies on that topic, etc.) and ask spiritual leaders that you know to point you to Bible passages that talk about the issue. So when you are asked about that topic, you can respond in a biblical approach. Understand what the Bible says about most hot topics will not be popular and you may be persecuted for holding the biblical position. You may lose your stature within a certain group of people or you may lose worldly success (a raise, a job, an invitation to a “cool” event), but it better to stand for what the Bible says now rather than conforming your beliefs to the world views. Normally the worlds views is total against what the Bible and Jesus represent. If your views reflect the worlds view, it leaves your christian witness useless (Matthew 5:13).
Speak in love – This phrase has been used a lot and can mean different things to different people. To some it means do not talk about an issue that may offend someone and to others it means to speak about these issues, but from a biblical standpoint. It should be interpreted as the latter. Only one sin is not forgivable and that is blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31). All other sins God will forgive (if you ask for forgiveness – see Acts 3:19). So whenever you are asked about a hot topic issue or God provides an opening for you to speak about a hot topic issue, speak from a Biblical standpoint, but as your sin is not less or more then other people sin, speak in words that are biblical and that point people to their need of Jesus Christ. As you are not perfect while you are on earth, speak from a humble standpoint (don’t be self righteous) as you respond to hot topic issues.
Speak in whole – This is where I think a lot of Christians get caught. They see a sin (for example abortion) and they will do everything in their power to point out that abortion is a sin and will stand outside abortion clinics with signs while ignoring the significance of other sins. Would I go out in front of an abortion clinic and picket it, probably not because it brings more attention to the Christian and what they are against rather than a Christian who is pointing people to Jesus Christ. I would write letters to my congressional members and the President asking them to vote against a certain proposed bill because it promotes abortions. I would also communicate with the same people about other topics too that support a Biblical view or against a bill because it does not promote a Biblical stands. I also would more readily support a company that promotes a Biblical standpoint than other companies that do not promote a Biblical standpoint. I also refuse to support with time or money on any company that is based on a non-Biblical viewpoints (like a store that only sells pronographic material or services).
Christians need to be known for who they serve (Jesus Christ) and not known as person that is against one particular sin. Remember, Christians are the light of the world. As if read in Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Let our lives(light) point people to God and gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
So the next time you asked about a hot topic issue, how will you respond?