America’s Greatest Need

Concerning the recent media frenzy over Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) and his comments on homosexuality, I was moved to write a few words. Then I found so many great blogs that already had written exactly what I wanted to say (saves me some time). Those blogs are noted at the end of my post, and I suggest you read them all.

This is not the first time Christianity has “dug itself in a hole” in the public eye. And the media simply were not surprised; they expected it. Now, people just assume that all Christians hate homosexuals and want them to go to hell, and it is only a matter of time until they talk about it. Though I believe that the act of homosexuality is biblically condemned as sinful, I also believe there is a way in which the Christian is called to talk about such things, especially to those who are not brothers in Christ.

There seems to be a misunderstanding: the greatest need in America is not conservative politics, economic restoration, health care, heterosexuality, or pro-life legislation. Yes, these are all needs – big, massive, needs that we ought to address consistently with a biblical foundation; they would certainly better the well-being of our society. None of these items, however, are worthy of the designation: America’s greatest need. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest need in America. The gospel is of “first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

Therefore, let us address the needs of our family, culture, country, etc. as subservient to the greatest need. Address the issues, have conversations about them, move to impart a biblical perspective about them, but do this from the foundation of the gospel. What are we attaining if we gain economic benefits without the gospel, heterosexual marriage without the gospel? – Wealthy lost people? Heterosexual lost people?

I hear it every day, “Our America is being flushed down the toilet. We are throwing future generations into a bottomless pit with no way out. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” America is not my sky. This country is great, blessed by God since its foundations, but it is not where my hope rests. God’s blessings ought not become a substitute for my dependence. Of course, we are to be good stewards of God’s blessings. Let us preserve America as to be good stewards of the blessing God has bestowed on us, as to honor Him as the Blesser; but utter disappointment awaits us if we place our hope in a blessing rather than the Blesser. Therefore, make it clear that Christians’ hope does not rest in the legislative motions of this country, and despite any circumstance, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). Let your supreme satisfaction found in Jesus Christ point others to hope in something outside of the despair manufactured by a man-governed world.

Practically, point people to the gospel. Let the dead man come alive as to battle sin. Dead men do not have any concern for the condition of their deadness. Therefore, when we are broadcasting our beliefs, let it be in a manner worthy of the gospel (Phil 1:27), where sin is exposed, yes, but also driven up to its redemption found in Christ. Let us not condemn sin without directing the sinner to the restoration provided in the blood of Jesus. Yes, speak out against the sin of homosexuality, but do not let the judgment linger apart from a picture of its atonement in the cross. And there, we can call men to repentance, faith in Christ, to be united with Christ, and put our conversations in the proper light. Thus the distractions are pushed aside and the gospel is left to shine, whereby the sheep hear the Shepherd and come to the call (John 10:27).

Here are some other blogs that had edifying comments to say:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/12/18/duck-dynasty-star-fired-over-remarks-on-homosexuality/

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/this-is-not-worth-quacking-about

http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/12/18/duck-dynasty/

http://spiritualfriendship.org/2013/12/19/what-phil-robertson-gets-wrong/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/2013/12/19/duck-dynasty-lets-deal-in-real-reality/

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4 thoughts on “America’s Greatest Need

  1. Thank you for this post. You put my thoughts into words so well. It really hit me when you said, “America is not my sky.” I often put America on this pedestal and think America’s descent into evil is the end of the world. But Jesus has already overcome the world!!

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