Scenarios like the ‘gay cake’ affair and the referendum in Ireland have forced Christians into the spotlight as much as their detractors.
That those who believe in the God of the Bible have had to nail their colours to the mast in the light of recent developments has only helped to galvanise the Christian position, and many who would otherwise just sit on the fence on such issues have ended up having to decide which camp they are in.
It has done the Church much good as Jesus commanded His followers to undertake the Great Commission and preach the Gospel to every creature.
The Bible also speaks of the Lord’s return at the end of the age and one of the signs of that era is that the Good News will be preached in every nation and then the end will come.
The media attention given to these news reports is far-reaching.
Thus by Christians making it known that they can’t condone such things because they are a Christian (one who believes in Christ) they are helping the knowledge of the Gospel position ‘be preached’ in all nations.
Inadvertently those opposed to the Christian position have helped to espouse its very message.
The word ‘Christian’ means ‘Christ-one,’ or one belonging to Christ.
It is more identification with a Person than with a group or denomination. That Person holds His Hands out to the entire world regardless of ethnicity, colour, creed or sexual orientation.
Jesus died for all out of love and offers life in heaven for all those who would come to Him and trust Him by faith. That is the simplicity of the Gospel, yet it is the most powerful message in the universe. It results in being able to live life abundantly whilst still here on earth and once having received forgiveness for all those things that we know are not right (sins) we are able to reach out to others and share that love of Jesus to others.
Jesus referred to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Luke 17:28-30 when He spoke of ‘the days of Lot,’ Abraham’s nephew who protected two angels from homosexual molestation.
God in response sent down fire and brimstone on the two cities, now the acrid region of the ‘Dead’ Sea. Jesus went on to say that it would be just so when He returns.
Rainbow flags may be flown in every country, but Christians are flying a greater flag - the Gospel message and it is as much for their enemies as it is their friends.
Are we living in the ‘days of Lot’?
Colin Nevin, Bangor