In Power of Messaging, we looked at the specific ways the gay rights movement has used messaging to promote their cause. As we move forward, let’s consider one other aspect that contributes to social change.
In addition to messaging, Erin Brownback believes that over the course of the last 50 years, America has experienced the rise and now the fall of a nation. She explains the stages of the rise and fall of a nation:
1) A nation is started because people are either oppressed or living in bondage
2) Which results in a great swell of faith
3) Leading to acts of courage
4) Giving way to liberty and freedom
5) Producing great abundance—at which point a nation reaches its peak.
“Nations then begin to decline because abundance leads to selfishness, selfishness produces apathy [another term for apathy is tolerance, which births an “I don’t care” attitude about anything as long as it doesn’t affect me], apathy generates a state of anarchy [because if we tolerate everything, then we can’t say anything is wrong—everyone’s lives have to adjust to accommodate someone else’s reality], and anarchy ends in dictatorship.” Sound familiar?
In reality, I believe we live in a broken, fallen world that is filled with people who are self-focused and driven by pleasure. We must counter the message of self-fulfillment that ends in chaos and desperation with the message of hope the gospel of Jesus Christ presents.
Foremost, we must echo the message of Jesus: “God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” (Mark 1:15, The Message) God’s story for humanity begins in the Garden of Eden and ends in the Kingdom of Heaven. God loves us so much that He sent His son to restore us to relationship with Him. When it comes to addressing the issues of sexuality, gender, marriage, and family, we must be purposeful in our language to reflect God’s intended design and purpose for them, that the goodness of God is reflected through His intended design. Ms. Brownback so beautifully expresses it here:
- Gender is the reflection of God’s image within us
- Marriage is our relational reflection of God
- Family is the expression of the Trinity and life
As followers of Christ, we are to reflect what the kingdom of God looks like here on earth. Living out our faith in a climate that rejects the gospel is risky, but necessary. In a sense, our very lives must be the message communicated to those around us.
- Faith demonstrates a willingness to leave behind comfort and pleasure in order to honor God.
- Faith is willing to lose it all, look foolish, stand for God, and swim against the cultural tide.
- Faith displays the hope of Christ within us.
- Faith is life-giving.
- Faith beckons others to join the journey to the kingdom of heaven.
It is our faith in Jesus that can lead our gay-identified friends and family to resolve their faith and sexuality. Our loved ones are seeking to fill a void in their lives that will never be satisfied by a relationship with another person. The relationship that will satisfy their deepest longings can be found in Jesus. In my own journey, I have found that as my affections and attention were redirected towards Jesus, I was able to resolve my faith and sexuality.
Thanks for following my journey