I have been reflecting on two parts of the New Testament recently.
Firstly, there is the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) (Emphasis added)
This clearly shows Christians that we must be outward focused. Going, befriending, discipling, teaching people to follow God and how to follow God. Teaching people about the commandments of God.
The second verse I have been pondering if found in Hebrews:
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Hebrews 9:4 (ESV)
We live in a world where Christians are being martyred for their faith. They are being martyred at an alarming rate. Recently, we have seen the brutal, highly publicized accounts of Christians being shot and beheaded.
I am saddened that we live in a world where we have Christians becoming martyrs along side Christians who want to ban, hate, and discriminate against people who aren’t following God’s commandments.
I don’t see how we can take a verse like Hebrews 9:4 and use it to tell someone they can’t come to our stores. We are called to make disciples, to teach people how to follow God.
If someone who lives a lifestyle that is contrary to yours, pray for them. Tell them your praying for them. Ask them questions, tell them the truth in love. At least give them the chance to hear the Good News of Jesus. Don’t hate and judge and condemn someone. At least take the time to pray for them. Ask God how you can be used in your life, at your store, with your service to minister to people who need to hear the truth of God.