6/16/2008

A Response to my Letter

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When a Christian steps in the public and political arena, the last thing we want to do is to sound like evangelists all of the time spouting scripture in every sentence...

The last thing?
Then how does one explain the responses of people like Peter, Stephen and Paul, whose primary weapon was Scripture?

When David was swinging his sword he wasn't evangelizing at the same time.

This is simply wrong.
When David went out to fight Goliath, the first thing he said was "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me" (1 Samuel 17, 45,46)
Scriptural declarations of judgment are still evangelical. They just happen to be on the flip side. As Paul says, we are the aroma of life to one but the stench of death to another. (2 Cor. 2:16)

Just to protect myself, let me clarify that the only sword that I will be swinging in regards to the soci-political battle against the gay agenda is my tongue.

Wrong sword. Ephesians 6:17
As Christians, we really need to understand that this issue is not socio-political. True, there are societal and political aspects to homosexual activism. I could never deny this; it's obvious. How else could EGALE exist? But these are symptoms, not the cause. The issue, as with any sin, is primarily spiritual. As such, we have only one weapon and only one set of armor and neither are of man's design.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Eph. 6: 14-19)

There are seasons for everything.....

Which is why it's a good thing Paul said to Timothy "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season..." (2 Tim 4:2) Otherwise, we'd wait for a "relaxing" moment or the perfect season to share Christ's message of salvation, and the Word would never be preached.

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