I read and saw many people who are Christians or proclaimed to be who went out to the so-called pride events in Columbus.
I understood why they did, but unlike Peter in the book of Acts, why didn't they tell these people the rest of it?
It's a most horrible feeling knowing that YOU could have saved someone from some horrific incident and to later find out that your information could have saved them. Try really considering that when dealing with these types of people:
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor thecovetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God" 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
You know. You know it isn't enough to show them Jesus. They need to turn and repent as well.
Read Acts 3:17-20, it's the very same scenario:
“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,"
Consider what was written there. It would be like finding someone drowning, and rather than helping them out of the water we shake their hands and tell them that God loves them, and to have a great day.
It's the same thing!
To those living in sin, the truth of God HURTS. They want to be right in their own eyes. Guess what, that's exactly how it was in the days of Noah. Read it. It's there in the record in Genesis. Every single person who lived in that 100 years is now without excuse before a Holy God.
Noah tried for a hundred years to reach anyone. Even knowing he would fail, the failure wasn't his. It was on all those who mocked him and ridiculed him for what he was saying and doing. He didn't fail. They failed to believe that God wasn't kidding.
In the news today celebrities, politicians and so-called government leaders on all levels are mocking and harassing Christians and or Christian companies. Boycotting states where they took a stand for the life of the unborn baby. Think about that. Consider the judgment that WILL come upon the United States because of the states who passed legislation to legally murder their own children. Lethal injection in those states is illegal but using the same chemical weapons to murder children in the womb is ok.
Christian need to be praying for our leaders. Scripture says we should be. It's entirely why our Government is the way it is because there are way too many NOT praying.
Don't stop at loving on those who are perishing. But also don't shut up when it comes to showing them they need to turn around and repent. "You're heading for a cliff, but it's ok, Jesus loves you!" Somehow doesn't cut it. How many millions are in torment in Hell who had someone ONLY love on them but never showed them they needed to turn and repent? Granted only God knows who will say yes and who won't, but in the land of the living, it's up to us to not just love on people as Christ did but to also show them how to be saved.
Jesus's own example with the woman caught in adultary. He didn't just show compassion with her, He also said to go and sin no more. She needed to see that where she was she shouldn't be and needed to turn around and repent.
So consider your words and actions. I liken it to something Franklin Graham said concerning a politician, some day that man will stand before the Author of Life and have to explain WHY he signed a law to fully be able to murder babies.
I know there are many why moments in my life to have to explain myself. Minimize those moments. Love people but love them enough to get them to see they are drowning. Show them the way to repentance so that they too can be saved.