Yes. The title is provocative. I know. Don’t judge something simply by its name.
The content of this week’s video isn’t the least bit controversial. At least it shouldn’t be. It boils down to this: the ends don’t justify the means. No matter what we do, no matter how important we might think it is, there is never an excuse to compromise our lives as disciples. First and foremost, we are called to the Ten Commandments; we are required to live the beatitudes; we are meant to be humble, loving followers of Christ.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, there are many people who get so enflamed by an issue that they believe anything is allowed to stop it. This issue is that important.
It’s not. It never is.
You can (and should) oppose racism, but not by publicly shaming white politicians and attacking their families.
You can (and should) oppose the death penalty, but not by sending death threats to judges.
You can (and should) oppose abortions, but not by spreading vitriol online against those who disagree.
Today, as people march in their local communities, I have a simple message: no issue, not even abortion, is more important than living as a follower of Christ. If your opposition to abortion causes you to hate another, break the commandments, or be anything other than a humble follower of the beatitudes, you might need to take a step back. Nothing is that important that you would forfeit your place at the table, that you would act in a way that disgusts Jesus, to get something done.
Fighting for justice is something that we must do in our world, but please, do so as a Christian.