While you sit at home or at church in your office, or while you visit the sick or evangelize to the needy, you are doing exactly what everyone expects of you. On the other hand, when lay people are practicing their vocation (nurse, teacher, business manager, office tech, machinist, baker, etc.) they are expected to practice only their respective job. In fact, any religious activity during their scheduled work is often discouraged. Furthermore, they come into contact with many more people who may openly confront them about their Faith. These people, the laity are the Church’s boots on the ground for Christianity
As I’ve contemplated the different scenarios of what may occur after the Supreme Court imposes its will on the people as far as same-sex marriage goes, there is something that becomes clear to me. The Church of the Living God ain’t going away!
In that case, an ounce of inoculation is worth a pound of argumentation.
Don’t be satisfied with the pad answers. Give them the tough stuff. Don’t be afraid that if you give them a robust argument to defend against that they’ll leave the faith. Don’t sell them short or give them the short end of the stick. Give them an ounce of prevention. Inoculate them, because if you don’t, there are those who will. I guarantee it.
An integral piece of the post-modern puzzle is this idea of absolute individual. The reader, not the author, determines the post-modern hermeneutic. Morality is relative to individual preference, not objective and transcendent. And then there’s covenant. Post-moderns avoid covenant like J.E.B. Stuart’s acquisition of Pope’s coat. They want nothing to do with joining anything organized, especially the Church.
Although it may be legitimate to break ones covenant relationship with a local church for some very specific reasons that are essential to what church is, most of the time I suspect that people leave for the wrong reasons. I’d like to list five wrong reasons to leave a local church.