To fail to exhibit that we take truth seriously at those points where there is a cost in doing so, is to push the next generation into the relative, dialectical millstream that surrounds us. ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There
Most have heard about Lauren Daigle's interview on iHeart radio when asked about homosexuality. When pressed as to whether it's a sin, she responded "I can't honestly answer on that, in a sense, I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual. I don't know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it. I can't say one way or the other. I'm not God."
This is not uncommon in the church today - especially amongst "Christian Entertainers". But it speaks to a larger problem in the world. "Hatespeech" is the buzzword of our culture. People are labeled as hateful simply for disagreeing with someone's perspective or lifestyle. For Christians, the temptation is to not be seen as a hater or a bigot. But this is not how Jesus taught us to live. The Gospel message is offensive at it's core. It tells us that we are evil at heart, beyond all hope. The love God shows us is in coming down as a man and dying a horrific death on a cross - a symbol of all the evil within us and what it takes to be declared righteous in His sight. People do not like to hear they are evil, that they are subject to God's wrath.
Sweet Jesus who loves everyone is the image the world likes. They don't care for the Jesus who whipped the money changers or who spoke of God's judgement. Christ came to seek and save the lost. But, just as the prodigal son, it's only after we realize how far we've fallen that we turn around and come home to Him where He is waiting to welcome us with open arms - rejoicing in our repentenance. When the spotlight is on, many who call themselves Christians compromise Jesus' message in order to maintain a popularity and to be seen as tolerant.
But Jesus said "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you." - John 15:18-25
We are meant to be offensive because we follow our master. They hated Him and nailed Him to a cross. We must remember that the most loving thing we can do is tell someone the truth in love. When we compromise the Gospel message, we are doing more harm.