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Reading the Bible today (a text about divorce) I started thinking: Why do certain Christians emphasise some topics - topics that are not actually emphasised by the Bible - and practically ignore others which the Bible speaks much clearer about?

Example: Jesus Himself said we should not divorce, and if we divorce, we should not remarry. However, there are quite a number of Christians who divorce and remarry, even in "high-up" positions in the church - and I'm talking about believing, serious Christians, not just "nominals". Plus, we don't really speak out against divorce as much as we do about other topics. For instance: right now, the topic that churches and Christians seem to totally obsess over is homosexuality. Now my point of view is that homosexuality is wrong, and the way I understand the Bible texts that speak about it, I believe the Bible says it is wrong. However: there are very few texts in the Bible that actually address homosexuality, and some of those address it in the context of prostitution (not homosexual relationships and marriage). I'm not saying that means homosexuality is "right" - but I'm saying: we're making a big hype about something that the Bible says rather little about, while not making a squeak about topics the Bible strongly emphasises.

Topics like social justice: standing up for the poor, sharing, or even (unpopular thought nowadays, I reckon) giving up one's possessions and riches for the sake of the poor. Or topics like unity: in the lists of evil things Christians should not do (where homosexuality sometimes - like, twice or three times - features), most are to do with fights and discord. Hatred, disunity, slander, etc are at least just as wrong as homosexuality (if not more, because they're mentioned more). Why do we make such a fuss about homosexuality, and not make a sound about all the conflicts happening often in churches, or things like power abuse and corruption that are way more wide-spread than they should be? And it's not just about speaking up: WHY are we so quick to accept and forgive someone who has committed slander, who has misused church funds, etc, but we make it so hard for homosexuals to feel loved, accepted and forgiven? I'm not saying be harsher to the gluttons and slanderers and whatever else is out there (though a little bit might not be a bad idea) - I'm saying treat all sin the same instead of treating one like it's an extra-evil sin way worse than all the rest.

There's other things too.
Some topics certain Christians seem to emphasise above all else are topics the Bible says precious little about, and are not actually priorities. This does NOT mean that they are completely unimportant - but I do believe this means we need to ask ourselves whether we aren't spending too much time and energy talking about one thing while God wants us to emphasise something else instead.
For instance: abortion is a topic I doubt is even mentioned in the Bible at all. This does not mean it's okay (I don't think it is) - but it does mean we need to watch how we emphasise it. I get the feeling sometimes abortion and other topics are emphasised so strongly by certain groups that it overshadows more important things - so that in the end non-Christians know more about what the church is against (abortion, homosexuality, evolution, ...) than knowing what the Gospel is even about.

The reason I say this is because we are being watched.
As God's people, we are His ambassadors in this world. That means: people look at us to find out who God is, what God is like, what God's "agenda" is. We need to be good representatives. What is God's agenda, though? Is it primarily to ban abortion and gay marriage? No. It is to lead people into a relationship with Him, reconciliation with God and with people, including our enemies, so we can leave sinful lifestyles behind, receive forgiveness and lead new lives to His glory.

The question is: with the current obsession on homosexuality, abortion and other such topics which are marginal in the Bible, what impression do we give people not just of the church and Christians, but of God? It's NOT a question of "oh maybe we need to adjust our preaching so it will sound more attractive to people." NO. It's about being true to GOD's agenda, and not insisting on our own. Emphasising what GOD wants emphasised, and not emphasising our own pet topics. Getting our priorities straight, and preaching JESUS instead of preaching ethics. Because without Jesus, even the best ethics is worth nothing.

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I'm a missionary kid (i.e. my parents are missionaries) and cross-cultural kid (i.e. my parents come from different cultures) and grew up in Asia.

I'm currently studying theology in Europe, being trained as a pastor, but I hope to return to Taiwan as a missionary (so I'm also trying to keep up and improve my Mandarin alongside).

My big project is writing a poem for (almost) every woman in the Bible. deng-li-xin32.deviantart.com/g…

Besides that, I love reading, baking cupcakes (and experimenting a bit), playing the flute, and watching historical films (or random Taiwanese dramas to keep up my Mandarin).

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Ps. It's kinda like...example: I want to become a famous food photographer but I really don't think it will happen!!

Or one could say...I want to become a famous food photographer and I am willing to do everything and anything to achieve my dream.

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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Why do you say you want to be a missionary, then straight away you said it is a privilege you don't think you deserve?

Sending mix message is worst than not having any message to say at all, no?
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