Let Us Be Courteous
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (Titus 3:1-2 ESV)
We are to show “perfect courtesy” toward the president of the United States or a Senator even when he or she presses a harmful agenda. We are to show all courtesy to homosexual activists, even though we disagree with their positions. We are not to meet hostility with hostility. But we are to love our enemies, for we ourselves were once enemies of the cross.
“Can you imagine if Christians took this command seriously? The homosexual activist who blogs hate, the gay marriage proponent who blocks the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, the transvestite who comes to worship…would all be greeted by Christians with gentle, genuine friendliness.”
Let us remember that picture of Jesus in Scripture is that he is both a lion and a lamb, strong and gentle. He stood against the error of the Pharisees, but he also came to seek the sick and unrighteous. And when they came to him, as they often did, he was gentile (Matt. 11:29).
We present of distorted view of Christ if we only react with condemnation to sin and sinners. Christ is also gracious, compassionate, and kind. Subtract those characteristics of Christ and the gospel, and we don’t present Christ as the savior, just Lord and judge. We present a distortion, which in no gospel at all.
Quotation from –Love Into Live: The Gospel, the Homosexual, and the Church by Peter Hubbard