Posted by: amylamb | June 27, 2013

“We Are His Witnesses”

In light of the events of the past week, I believe it is (past) time for evangelical Christians to redefine the success of our agenda.

Though we are guilty of many offenses, one of our most critical errors was defining the success of our agenda by our government’s acceptance of it. If our beliefs are legislated throughout the country, then we celebrate as if our work is validated. But when our beliefs are rejected on Capitol Hill, we respond with a startling lack of grace that often negates the progress we have made thus far.

We must realign our definition of success with God’s expectations of His children: to love Him and to love others (Romans 13:8). That is how we fulfill his requirements, on His terms and in His timing. If we are faithful in this, then He is faithful in accomplishing the rest.

We seem to have forgotten that morality and legality are two different things — and the government cannot do our bidding for us. The commandments of Christ are fulfilled by His disciples, and disciple-making is the work of the church — not the government. Though the government can certainly make our jobs easier, we should not respond in anger when in fact, they make it harder.

We must remember that our citizenship is not here, but in Heaven — indeed, this world is not our home. But while we are here, we are commanded to love God with all our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls, and to love people in the same way. If the manner in which we defend our beliefs contradicts God’s method for displaying those beliefs, then we are in sin. Grace is the only remedy.

Church, remember the grace that made you an ambassador of its Giver. Thank God today for the opportunity to believe and act differently than the world around us, and then go find someone to love.

Ultimately, we must remember today, tomorrow, and forever that “we are His witnesses” (Acts 5:32).

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“These threats may bring about in the church a much-needed change of mindset.It’s time we recognized we are no longer the ‘moral majority’ and embrace our identity as the ‘missional minority.””

— Trevin Wax in a great article titled, “Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) For The Church.”

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