Christians Chased from the Public Square?

Family.generationsFaced with anti-religious Supreme Court rulings, harassment from aggressive same-sex activists and head-snapping flip-flops from politicians, how are Christians to respond in the public square?

Do we do as the opposition demands and retreat to rehearsing our values and views only within the four walls of a church building or in our whispered prayers, while cloistered in our closets at home? How can we privately show grace to hurting, broken people who may oppose us and, at the same time, publicly “stand up for Jesus” with our words and actions, in our increasingly secular society?

Perhaps we should first affirm that our Christian values are not mere opinions. They do not change with the “times,” so we can be on the “right side of history.”

Rather, as followers of Christ, our values are to be biblically based and not quickly changed. Personal convictions can guide our lifestyles, but the common values of a Christian culture should come from immutable “thus says to the Lord” commands and teachings of Scripture (1). Our personal beliefs, norms and standards should flow from there.

Followers of Jesus Christ (Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life) are to be “truth tellers” who know well the truths of the faith and are prepared (even in the public square) to present them in a peaceable –yet persuasive—fashion, with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

(1) For example, read these chapters: Romans 12-14 and 1 Corinthians 5-9.

 

 

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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