I know, I know, I’ve been rather silent these last couple weeks and, as a Christian, it’s been a rather interesting time to remain silent. But here’s the thing: I’ve read A LOT of rhetoric on both sides of the fence regarding several of these hotbutton issues and I’ve come to one conclusion:
I have nothing to add to the conversation…on either side.
Or maybe, more accurately, as Jen Hatmaker put it:
“Every article, regardless of its position for or against, is the same. The support arguments; same. The rebuttals; same. The circular thinking; same. The responses are fully expended, (and in the end) we discover we are at the same impasse.”
Or even as T.E. Hanna wrote regarding the World Vision backlash:
“It is a sad day in Christendom, no matter where you stand on the issue…I am not suggesting that we abandon what we hold as ethics, or that we celebrate something that we disagree with. However, I remind the people of God that the enemy works through distraction, by leading us to fixate on things which rob us of our ability to be effective for the Kingdom of God. And this past week, it was a very successful tactic.”
Regardless of where you stand on the World Vision debacle, on contraception and the ACA, on the biblical foundation or abandonment of a Hollywood movie, the true question we all need to ask ourselves is this:
Are we being distracted from keeping the main thing the main thing?
And even more so…
How far down these roads should we travel before the issue d’jour becomes OUR issue and no longer GOD’S issue? (Yes, they’re separate.)
I do in fact have opinions and beliefs about all of these subjects, but my spewing them all over the blogosphere is not going to bring anybody any closer to consensus, enlightenment, understanding or education.
I’m not that persuasive a writer.
Honestly, nobody is.
Not even the inspired writers of Scripture.
And the visceral response on both sides of these issues is all the proof we should need.
(Even Ms. Hatmaker had a significant outpouring of trolls nipping at her heels following her post on the WV issue.)
Yet I cannot help but think it should not be so.
After all, the issues are not the issue.
Our measured response, as CHRIST-ians, is the issue.
When you read something, or more importantly write something, do you readily see the fruits of the indwelling Spirit being displayed?
For who is the twister of scripture to his own ends?
Who is the accuser of the brethren?
Who is the caster of doubt and discouragement?
Who wishes to divide and separate, and who wishes to bring together and unite?
If Jesus is truly “life”, should He not be the all and only balm we need, and need use?
Not merely through His words, but through His examples, and by imitation of His actions?
After all, a dying world is watching. Another cut to its already mutilated corpse is unnecessary.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.
Did the accused woman “go, and from now on sin no more”?
Does it matter?