In yesterday’s message, I mentioned the recent plans of The Social Club (a.k.a. Swingers Club) moving to Madison. This “private club” was downtown but they are moving to a residential area AND next door to Goodpasture Christian School.
We are strongly opposed to this vile, immoral club coming into our community. I’ve been thinking about this – and I’ve wondered how do we show the love of Christ to such people. But many of the people who come to such places are not residents in the area. They quite often come from out of town so no one back home will know they are involved in this lifestyle.
So be very careful not to think, “To show the love of Christ, we should not prohibit them from establishing their club here in our community. We should love them etc. etc.” In my opinion, this may be misguided compassion for a couple of reasons. One, we are probably not going to get to know these people – as I said – most of them do not live here; Two, we can and should oppose their coming here because of our love for people in this community. It devalues this community. It also will bring in very immoral and corrupt people who obviously have no morals when it comes to sex. This endangers children in our community. It preys upon people who may be tempted by such a lifestyle and destroy marriages. This kind of business does not contribute in any way shape or form to building a healthy community.
In our read through the Bible schedule, one of the passages from the other day may relate in some way to this. In Exodus 34:12-16, God told Moses to tell the Israelites not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the promised land. He wanted them to drive those people out. And God didn’t want them to become “friends” with these people – why? Vs. 12 “Take care, lets you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst.” Vs. 15 “…lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice…”
Above all the protesting though, let’s make sure we saturate this matter in prayer. Pray that God will protect our children and our community from this morally destructive force. Pray that God would convict those who live in this kind of lifestyle of their sin and their need to find true love in Christ. Pray that wherever these people live God would place into their lives Christians who would show the light of Christ to them.