I'm getting frustrated with the church's public relations. I fear we're losing the war of public perception. Sin is becoming more accepted, like abortion, gay marriage and out-of-wedlock sex.
Churches, on the other hand, are being labeled as the bad guy, the oppressor, the evil judge.
Why? Because we point out sin.
Unfortunately, some people use the church to call specific people sinners, without including themselves; they try to seem superior, rather than forgiven, and end up committing a sin by doing so.
The thing is, people need to be warned about sin.
President Obama recently said he favors gay marriage, and is being hailed for his stance. He does not realize that by making gay marriage more acceptable, he is making others who hear him less sensitive to God, which makes it more difficult for them to be saved.
Someone must keep ringing the bell, warning them. I am a sinner, but I have responded to Christ's call and accepted his death on the cross in place of my sin. I am now forgiven, and I have a job to do.
If I really hate people who sin — whether they practice homosexuality, sex outside marriage or take up two parking spaces — then I wouldn't try to warn them.
But often the people I am trying to warn are too proud to admit they are sinners. The lion has a thorn in his foot, and I'm telling him it is there. Christ is the one trying to pull it out, but the lion keeps pulling away. He is crippled, but does not understand the pain. He thinks Christ is trying to cut off his leg, not heal him.
July 20, 2012, addition:
I just read http://chicksontheright.com/2012/07/19/lets-talk-about-my-favorite-fast-... -- which was posted to Facebook by a friend of mine, Gretchen Fritz.
One of the best points made in her column is that the Right should turn liberal arguments about hate on their head with a reply: "What? You disagree with me, that marriage should only be between a man and a woman? You must hate me!"
The "hate" argument is simply trying to shut people up. Yes, there are some true haters out there, but they are the minority. The "hate" argument is simply trying to avoid the real truth: They can't defend their own stance, and should be ignored. There are plenty of pro-gay marriage people who have developed arguments, and that is where the traditional marriage proponents need to focus their energies.