August 5, 2011
- Current Events
Well…how does this picture strike you?
I think when we use the act of making an initial statement about somebody’s individual sin our “hook” for the Gospel, we are destined, in the 21st century, to fail. But many want to fail at this so that they can feel persecuted, right?
I haven’t seen many far-right Christians demonstrate against gluttony or greed lately, btw…
That said, yeah… I think Corduroy is a little scary…
Peter, you nailed it on the head by the way. Well said…
I much prefer informative articles like this to that high brow ltireuatre.
I do think these guys are doing something funny as a way to combat some of the Westboro-type stuff out there… I saw something else like this a month or so ago from someone that had a “God hates Verizon” (or something like that) sign amongst the Westboro-types and I thought that was funny too.
Picketing really doesn’t do a whole lot for me. What are they trying to accomplish? How do they measure success? It seems like it is more about getting publicity than actually changing people.
If someone doesn’t believe homosexuality is a sin when it is written in God’s book, the Bible, do we think they are going to listen to some stranger holding a sign made of Wal-mart poster board?
I think Peter’s comments above are excellent.
We are tasked with spreading the gospel (good news), and based on the fulfilment of that task, we will usher in the return of the Lord. This approach just alienates people from the church. It is a powerless, judgemental approach. I wonder how many gay people have gone over to them and said ‘ok you’re right, please help me get set free.’? I suggest not many, if any at all. Please tell me the corduroy skirt one is a joke??
I believe the commission of Christ’s followers is to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) I don’t see anywhere in that statement that we are to shove sin down anyone’s throat. The time that is taken to make signs, stand at intersections and be ignored could be used to reach out to our neighbors in love. Picketing is poor stewardship wrapped up in self-righteousness. Better to start a conversation with a co-worker, or someone in line at the grocery store.
Remove the log from your own eye before you stand on the sidewalk with a picket sign pontificating about someone else’s sin.