Recently, I was dragged into a debate concerning homosexuality and tolerance. Well, I wouldn’t say I was dragged in to it, so much as I responded to a comment, was responded to, and pretty much had to keep going with the conversation. I’m not going to hash out the details. Especially since the debate was incredibly circular with some people arguing a certain perspective, and others arguing another perspective that did not even necessarily oppose the first one. Essentially, there were two issues being argued, even though people thought there was just the one.
Anyway, again, without getting into the details of the argument, I thought that Don Carson’s mediation today concerning Matthew 23 was really helpful to illustrate how Jesus responded to a world bent on doing evil. Jesus both condemned and wept over it. However way/to whomever you might want to apply this passage, I think it’s a really great perspective to have.
How many evangelical leaders spend most of their energy on peripheral, incidental matters, and far too little on the massive issues of justice, mercy, and faithfulness – in our homes, our churches, the workplace, in all our relationships, in the nation? How many are more concerned to be though wise and holy than to be wise and holy? How many therefore end up damning their hearers by their own bad examples and by their drifting away from the Gospel and its entailments? Our only hope is in this Jesus who, though he denounces this appalling guilt with such fierceness, weeps over the city (Matt. 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-44).
(D.A. Carson, For the Love of God Vol. 1, p. 23).