23. Law and Gospel on Facebook

Reconnect Episode 23
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I (Andy) have recently noticed, on the Contradict Facebook page I administer and on other pages, that most posts on homosexuality speak just the Law of God ( i.e. his standards, commands, and expectations). The Gospel is typically missing.

I took a photo of a gay wedding cake and then added the text, “Jesus died for this sin too!” off to the side of the image. With this single statement the Gospel is proclaimed, and at the same time homosexuality is still shown to be sinful.

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Jesus is the Savior of all adulterers. I am one of them. To clarify, in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, he defines adultery as any lust. He defines murder as hating anyone. Jesus essentially shows us that we all have broken God’s Law, that we are all sinners in need of divine redemption. He provided that redemption through the shedding of his blood for our sins, through his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

“To share or not to share?”  That is the question.  In this episode George shares why he chooses to abstain from sharing religious posts on social media sites, while I share why I am in full support of such posts.  To close George shares four Facebook posts pertaining with homosexuality and wants to know if I’d share them or not.  Putting the Law and Gospel principle into action, I decide to share or not to share.

To learn more about Law and Gospel watch the videos with Law and Gospel in their titles in the following playlist I created on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS-hGmUdPsUnbaRFbrhQqhy9zj-h5mwub

4 thoughts on “23. Law and Gospel on Facebook

  1. I enjoyed the show and benefited from your discussion about what to post and how to post on Facebook from a Christian worldview when it comes to sensitive cultural topics. Like George, I’m often cautious about what I post, although I go through seasons where I’m a little more brave. Overall, I agree with George that FB doesn’t lend itself well for helpfully conveying arguments and political/cultural statements. Too much can be taken out of context and misunderstood. That kind of thing works better face to face. However, I really like the conclusion from the podcast that whatever we do post in these kinds of areas needs to have the law and gospel evenly balanced. I will keep that in mind.
    Also, you asked on the program if there was anyone in the Bible who had once practiced homosexuality but had been converted to a follower of Jesus…there is someone actually…the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
    BTW, interesting idea about Paul’s thorn…
    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this episode, Kurt.

      After discussing this topic with George and another friend, I have pulled back from the number of posts on my personal profile page that hit on such topics. When I will share them to my personal page, I’ll certainly think Law and Gospel first. On the Contradict Facebook wall, I won’t be as concerned if Law and Gospel are in every post, but I’ll strive for it, and definitely only share Law posts if it’s an image or quote that is speaking the truth in love.

      Thanks for the 1 Cor. 6 passage. I was wondering if there was someone in particular who is mentioned as having committed a homosexual sin in the Bible. I know polygamy and extramarital sex is mentioned all the time, even the account in 1 Cor. of the man who was having sex with his step-mother, but that I can recall know particular person is named as having same-sex practices in Scripture.

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