The Church: Defending the Rights of Sinners to Sin

This past weekend I was flown out to film a predominantly Christian concert in McDonald, PA. The show went disastrously as two of the headliners dropped from the bill at the last minute due to the promoter’s seeming irresponsibility. Excellence for Christ, eh? But this was not the low point of the show. The low was when one of the bands (used to be known as a Christian band) began to bad mouth Christianity as “indoctrination” and “absolute f***ing bullsh**”

After they decided to call out Christians and preach hope and love in humanism, they proceeded to practice their preaching by trying to break the venue’s equipment onstage because of the promoter’s poor business etiquette. After this happened I decided to let my followers know what happened with them on my Facebook music page (Facebook.com/thesavingfl). When I did this I began to realize something sad about our brethren today: we are too busy trying to fight for the right of sinners to sin while our Savior is mocked and our holy institutions are defiled.

What was the last time you spoke out against a particular person’s mockery of Christianity and your brother or sister told you to simmer down? Because after all, your rebuking might drive them away from Christ. On the other hand, what was the last time you actually saw your fellow brother or sister actually get publicly upset over someone mocking your faith? Better yet, which one are you?

I might step on some toes here but I believe that the church’s attempt to be nicer than Christ is really a mask for cowardice. Christians avoid conflict and evangelism all the while saying it is because they are showing the love of Christ by being compassionate. You are not being compassionate in the face of sin, you are being a chicken.

To this end, I believe there are three disciplines that will help us properly call out sin when we encounter it:

About the author: Andres Ortiz

Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.

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