Some while back, Kelly and I passed a building project. The landscape was unattended and the building boarded up and it looked like any other construction site with one exception: spray painted in bright colors across two sections of four-by-eight panels was the words, “Jesus loves you.” Kelly commented, “That’s not a particularly good place for that message.”
So correct, I thought. The message of Jesus’ love is pier and beam to the Gospel structure. However, the illegal action of defacing private property, vandalizing and generating an eyesore can’t be beneficial to the cause of Christ. It was detrimental to the message and conveyed a negative perception of Christians in general.
In a society where Christians are belittled because of their beliefs, to package the message of Supreme Love in a criminal container is spiritual suicide. Children of God will be spoken evil of enough without adding fodder for the cannon (1 Corinthians 10:30). Much of our media, culture and pseudo-Christianity has declared open season on Christians and take potshots at every opportunity. Perpetrating an unlawful act only contributes to the natural hatred some have for the truth. Further, it smacks of hypocrisy. It’s a common sight these days: a fan, waving his “John 3:16” placard at a Sunday football game while forsaking the assembly of the saints (Hebrews 10:25-26)!
Christians will suffer (2 Timothy 3:12) but how can we “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” if we are not willing to “submit (our)selves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake” (1 Peter 2:13-16)? Every method of preaching Jesus to the world is not authorized. We can not “do evil, that good may come” (Romans 3:8). “Do not let your good be spoken of as evil” (Romans 14:16).