It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E, but I know that for many of us, our patience is wearing thin with seeing this discussion on every news feed in every social network in which we partake. So I’ll be brief.
The mission of the church is to preach and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our divinely appointed duty to love enemies and pray for them and to reflect the love for others that God has had for them since before they were born. This has been our calling during good times and bad, during comfort and conflict.
I say that to say this: if your goal is to win rather than to love and you see your critics not as people adored by God but enemies who must be defeated, then it won’t matter what you have to say next in this debate because you’ll have already lost it.