Whenever Christians try to enforce their doctrines or morals on others, the result has usually been at least as bad as any non-Christian version of the kingdom of this world. Even more concerning, it’s been far more damaging to the kingdom of God than any other version of the kingdom of the world.
There’s no indication that Christians are better qualified for being moral guardians than the rest of the world. That seems to be as true today as it has been in the past. The arbitrary way many Christians seem to decide what needs addressing and what doesn’t undermines our credibility as moral spokespeople. The fact that many Christians are publicaly more upset about gay marriage than about greed, gluttony, violence and many other things is a case in point.
Many people view the moral compass of Christians, as a whole, to be quite bizarre. Issues related to sex get massive amounts of attention while issues related to corporate greed, societal greed, homelessness, poverty, racism, the environment, racial injustice, genocide, war, and the treatment of animals typically get little attention.
When Christians assume the posture of knowing what is best for society, it only serves to further undermine the credibility of the good news we are commissioned to proclaim.
Does this mean that Christians shouldn’t speak out on moral issues? Absolutely not! We should speak out, but we should do so in a distinctly kingdom way….
— Greg Boyd – ReKnew