I’m titling this entry in the grand tradition of the TV series “Friends,” fully expecting to lose a few.
Because I dare to ask the question: What good does it do to pass laws against abortion and homosexual marriage?
Will laws put a stop to abortion? Will laws keep homosexuals from living together just like married people?
Will a new law cause a woman who is considering having an abortion to suddenly think, “Hey! That would be illegal! There must be some reason it’s been made illegal. It must be a sin, and would displease God, and would reserve a place for me in hell. I’d better not do it.”?
Will a new law cause a gay couple to realize: “You know, our lifestyle must be a choice after all, and it must be the wrong choice. If so many people dislike it, it must surely be against God’s will, and worthy of His condemnation. We’d better split up and go straight.”?
Or do such laws just further polarize and alienate the very souls that Jesus laid His life down so that we could reach, and teach, and persuade?
Are we so lazy about His great commission that we just want laws to do the job for us?
Do laws like that really do the job, or just reinforce the perception that Christians are the people who say “I’m saved and you’re not; I’m good and you’re bad; God loves me and hates you, so nyah nyah nyah!”?
What good does it do to pass these laws?
If you say, “Well, it shows where we stand as Christians,” my response is: Was there a doubt before? And are Christians supposed to stand, or to go? teach? disciple?
If you say, “It protects our marriages, our children, the unborn, and our culture,” my response is: how?
If you say, “It’s just the right thing to do,” my response is …
Well, you just read it.
Next in this series: The One Where I Lose More Friends