Keep it in context

Keep it in context

At the risk of overexposing our readers to the debate surrounding Chick-fil-A, I’d like to offer a completely new perspective.  Over the past week, a handful of friends posted this graphic on their Facebook pages.

My gut reactionNearly every claim is false or completely out of context was that the creator of this statement greatly understated the scope and importance of the Chick-fil-A support day for the sake of making it seem silly or trivial.  The punchline takes the point entirely out of context, thus making it sound insignificant.  After another second of contemplation, I responded to my friend that the guy’s opinion is not the “one thing that motivates people to speak out.”  Chick-fil-A is one in a long line of activism committed by conservative Christian Americans and others who may espouse similar beliefs.

With regard to that which is frequently called “gay marriageImpossible seeing as the government didn't create marriage, God did.“, the American public has prohibited “gay marriage” in 42 states, whether by popular vote of the people or by legislative actionThe only states in which gay marriage is legalized did so by the legislature or the courts. Democratic votes of the people have resulted in the prohibition of gay marriage, TWICE in California..

For those who have the memory of a goldfish, there were Tea Party events nationwide, a huge rally in D.C., a and a very successful 2010 election season.  Two weeks ago, I took the opportunity to travel to Dallas for the Glenn Beck “Restoring Love” rally where 65,000 people attended and a large portion of whom participated in service projects throughout the metroplex.  Those who were unable to attend did service projects in their home cities.

Put in its proper context, the Chick-fil-A is simply one in a long line of activism, particularly of people who have watched their traditions and values come under attack for many years, and finally decided to be bold in their defense of those traditions and values.

In the same way, there is one particular piece of scripture which is taken out of context by those in support of the homosexual agenda (or any other immoral practice for that matter).  I’ve often heard it said, “Well, Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners,” they say.  He certainly did, but it wasn’t because he thought they were cool and had a more interesting perspective instead of the boring old men in the establishment.

 

The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. 
Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
                                                                                                ~Matthew 9:11-13

Jesus ate with the tax collectors and sinners because they were in need of spiritual healing.  He sought repentance and redemption for those sinners, that they may follow him and spend eternity with him in heaven.  This is further evidenced in John 8:11 when Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more.

Context is everything, especially when the devil seeks to deceive us into despair, apathy, contempt, or distortion of the truth for the sake of the corruption of souls.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks! I’ve always been flustered by people who seem to read that verse as though Jesus was CONDONING the behavior instead of helping them to FIX the behavior. I usually end up having to walk away from the conversation. Maybe now I can form a semi-intelligent response!