A FAITH WITHOUT COST
Trusting in democracy rather than Christ
This is an excerpt from an upcoming post. I would suggest you read it more than once in order to clearly see what I am saying.
I do not vote nor do I support moral legislation since it reeks of human works. I love gay people and I suggest that a gay person can be saved without a complete and perfect alteration of his behavior. I suggest that believers should love and serve and witness to gay people. They can come eat in my house. I would hire them to do work at my house. I would let them repair my car. Somewhere along the line they might teach my grandchildren in a public school. Ok, not the ideal situation but I get it.
Recently the Arizona legislature passed a bill which would allow people to refuse service to any person based upon religious convictions. The bill was so broad and vague that any number of scenarios could come into play. Muslims could refuse to serve a Big Mac to Christians and Aryans could refuse to serve Jews and on and on it goes. You get the picture. But at the core of the bill was Believers who refused to cater or service gay weddings. Let’s examine that.
But if they demand me to service their wedding in any capacity that crosses the line since that seems to make me support their marriage in some way. I realize that is a thin line but I do believe there is a difference. But here is where the American believer differs from many around the world.
The American believer demands a law which protects him from any persecution if he takes a stand about anything. While thousands of believers languish in prisons or are denied good jobs or fear for their lives and who have been murdered for their faith, the American brand wants none of that. They want democracy to shield them from any hint of persecution. And in so doing we now have a milquetoast form of Christianity which can take a spiritual or moral stand without fear of any persecution.
In effect, the church desires democracy more than they desire suffering for Jesus’ sake. What if a believer in China said, “I want to worship Jesus but I want the state to insulate me from any persecution.”
I Pet.4: 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
So what the American brand of Christianity desires is to be protected by the secular government from any substantive persecution for taking any kind of a stand. What kind of Christianity is this? The ingenious and fallen American mindset has created a costless faith which accommodates believers and allows them to take moral and spiritual stands via bellicose rhetoric but without the unpleasantness of negative consequences.