Protest or preach the gospel?
Here is something I read on Facebook.
Protest or preach the gospel?
A few days ago on Twitter, “woke” progressive Christian author Kristen Howerton let Christians know in no uncertain terms where the gospel is.. and is not, appropriate. Here is what she said:
“Christians: do not treat the protests as a new mission field. Do not go to “love on people” or to lead people in prayer. Do not go to “be a Christian voice in the crowd” or to share God’s love or to witness to people. Go to fight systemic racism and racial violence. The end.”
Don’t go to share God’s love??? Really?? Imagine if MLK had stripped the message of the gospel from his fight for civil rights. Where would the movement have gone without it?
Kristen apparently believes that protests are no place for the gospel. Sadly, some well-known Bible teachers, including a woman I have followed and studied under for years, agree.
We’re in trouble! Before more “woke” Christians wander farther off into the cultural weeds, we need a wake-up call. The Church has been in trouble for a long time, and in the age of the RONA—it will either be resuscitated or it will be put on life-support until the Lord comes again.
Here’s the truth:
Gospel literally means “Good News.” We need it now more than ever. The biblical words for gospel refer to a message of good news. But it’s not just any news. It’s the news that we have been forgiven.
We have a HEART PROBLEM in this nation… and the message of the gospel changes hearts!
THE Gospel is not only needed at protests—its’ essential.
Protesting cannot heal this hurt. The Gospel can.
Protesting does not unite races. The Gospel does.
Protesting will not fix what’s wrong in our nation.
It does not bring LIFE. The Gospel does.
The Gospel proclaims, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!”
Protesting is NOT the answer. The Gospel is!
It always is!
Protests are filled with hurting, broken people — and the Gospel reaches into that hurt and says, “I love you.” The Gospel says, “You are more than the color of your skin. You are created in the image of God. Your rescue has already come!”
Where the Gospel is unwanted, where it is believed to be insufficient and where it is reviled, nations sink into chaos and darkness.
Church! Remember who you are! We do not look to man for answers. We first must look to God. Where the wisdom of man ends, God’s is just beginning.
Beloved, the Gospel is the ONLY thing that will heal our nation! Without the Gospel, without the healing and forgiveness and reconciliation that comes ONLY from God, we are lost.
Today, I’m praying that more ambassadors of the Gospel will take to the streets and proclaim the Gospel for all to hear. If the apostle Paul can proclaim the gospel in an angry crowd, so can we.
Mark 10:45: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Romans 5:8: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:32: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 8:9: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
1 Timothy 1:15: The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
1 John 4:10: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Revelation 5:9: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”