Dr. Peter Scaer authored an interesting article in “For the Life of the World” (pages 4-6) that discusses the need for Christians to speak up in the public square. Scaer begins his article asking, “Why should Christians speak in the public square? St. Paul says, ‘For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Rom. 10:10). Why should we speak in the public square? Jesus Himself says, ‘What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (Matt. 10:27).
Scaer observes some troubling trends in the USA where Christians have been taken to court or fired from their jobs because they practiced their faith in their vocation. He writes, “The trends are disturbing. As sexual orientation and gender identity laws are enacted, traditional Christian teaching is being labeled as hate speech and traditional Christians are called bigots.” (p. 5)
What should a Christian do in such a climate? Scaer counsels: “First, we must all rush to the Scriptures to be fed and instructed by God’s Word. … We need to take heart. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus tells His disciples to be of good courage. He reminds us that God is watching over us, and even more, Christ promises to be with us always.” (5-6)
Dr. Scaer states,
These are not simply social issues. When we defend marriage as one man and one woman, we are in fact praising the God of creation, knowing that marriage is no arbitrary law, but that it is put in place for the good of men, women, and yes, children. When we speak for true marriage, we are proclaiming our fidelity to Christ who taught marriage and who is Himself the Bridegroom who gave His life for the Church. Make no mistake, this is not simply a political issue but goes to our very heart and soul as Christians. The world desperately needs to hear the truth of God’s love in salvation, to hear the truth of His good creation. This means kindness and forgiveness, but also calling a thing for what it is, knowing that repentance and forgiveness go together. This means calling ourselves to account as well, recognizing in humility the need to go back to God’s Word, which must be our life’s guide. (p. 6)
To read the entire article, click on “Speaking Up”.
NOTE: Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is president of Allen County Right to Life and a found member of Shepherds United, an ecumenical Christian group formed to defend life, natural marriage and religious liberty.