I want to propose a hypothetical scene. It could be any host of issues, pro-life, racial equality and harmony, the relationship of the church to gays, or a number of other subjects. It is hypothetical, but it could be happening in any city across America, and for that matter around the world. The Bible teaches that there is a “Way” to God, and that Jesus is that way. The Bible declares that the road that leads to destruction is wide and many travel on it.
So let’s assume those last two statements are true. (I believe they are, but I hope some read this who may not). So people are traveling down that road headed to destruction, and on each side of the road are people who claim to be followers of Jesus. On one side are the folks with the signs, “God hates . . .” and you fill it in with the particular group. Let’s say for illustration purposes, “God hates gays,” or maybe even more derogatory terms are used, “God hates fags”. And sprinkled throughout are signs that say in a proliferation of ways, but the message is, “You are going to hell.”
On the other side of the road are some folks who have set up tents, and who have ice coolers with bottled water in them. The only signs are hung on the sides inviting anyone to stop and have a cool drink. Inside they are greeted by folks with warm smiles and handshakes who are willing to share a story of hope. God loves you and we love you. We want you to know that we are all sinners, but God has made a way for us to know Him. Would you like to hear about it?
Now I have given a brief synopsis only of two very different approaches. And I am not inviting a response that tells me whether I am right or wrong about an issue. I am asking, if you claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, which side of the road would you rather be standing on?