Nearly 7-in-10 Millennials (adults between the ages of 18 and 33) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds agree that “anti-gay” describes Christianity, and more than 6-in-10 Millennials believe that Christians could be described as “judgmental.” How should the church respond?
Consider four options:
One: we can fight back. It’s easy choosing to fight back in an adversarial spirit. But, is this “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15), “with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)?
Two: we can retreat into our safe Christian subcultures. Many American Christians choose to live and work only with fellow Christians. However, does this approach keep our “salt” in the saltshaker, our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-16)?
Three: we can capitulate to the culture. Will silence on significant issues be interpreted as capitulation or even endorsement? We are called to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Four: we can earn the right to speak the truth. Jesus confronted a Samaritan woman’s sins (John 4:29). But first He shocked her with His desire to know her personally; even though “Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” (v. 9). Rather than rejecting His honesty, she then became His ambassador. Who will believe in Jesus because of our testimony today?
BIBLE STUDY: John 4:1-42
PRAISE: God an encounter with Jesus changes lives. Pray that we may present Him to the people.