“If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
The above quote, attributed often to Martin Luther though his authorship is questionable, is nevertheless an important one for the church in our day. If we fight yesterday’s battles, we will lose today’s.
Consider what we’ve seen in just the last few months:
- A mainstream magazine aimed at teens published a how-to guide for anal sex.
- A long-time, high-profile Christian author who can’t make up his mind about whether marriage is what God’s Word says it is.
- A Baptist military chaplain aids and abets transgender activists in the indoctrination of soldiers.
- The Church of England developed a liturgy inclusive of “transgender” individuals.
- The US Congress, with help from Republicans, voted to use taxpayer money to fund sex “reassignment” surgery for military personnel.
And this is not an atypical few months with regard to gender and sexuality in our culture or in the church.
Over the same past few months I’ve also noticed:
- Zero mainstream publications trying to convert teens to white supremacy.
- Zero high profile Christians publicly waffling on whether racism is a sin.
- Zero professing Christians aiding the implementation of government imposed segregation policies.
- Zero churches taking action to be deliberately more inclusive of those who identify as white supremacists.
- Zero taxpayer money allocated by Republicans or anyone else, to re-segregate the military.
So, in which of these areas does it appear the “battle rages?” On which of these topics should the church be speaking the loudest and the most often? In which area should we be concentrating the limited time and treasure the Lord has given us? On which topic should there be conferences and denominational resolutions (provided those actually accomplish something other than virtue signaling)? Which one should be called “Satanic” openly and often?
I get it, there are people who are appalled at how the church conducted herself on the issue of race in the mid-twentieth century and before; I’m one of them. Some people, I believe, like to think if they’d only been there, things would have been different they wouldn’t have refused to stand up. Now, in positions of power and influence they’re determined to make that clear. Trouble is, it’s not Selma, 1965; it’s Sodom & Gomorrah, 2017.
If you want to prove you would have stood firm where the church faltered in the past then stand firm where she’s faltering today. Fight today’s battles, not yesterday’s. Battle reenactment is for hobbyists. Does racism still exist, yes, even when properly defined. But, to say it’s the or even an overarching problem for the church and must be given the same level of attention as the sexual revolution or something like abortion is simply not true. Confront it if you see it in a fellow believer but don’t pretend it’s larger than it is. To do so may win you attaboys from the culture but it won’t take the fight to the battle at hand.