“Jews demand SIGNS and Greeks look for WISDOM, but we proclaim Christ CRUCIFIED” – 1 Corinthians 1:22-23 (emphasis mine)
Our culture likes to put things in a box, to try and label things and make them nice, not much unlike the Greeks or even the Jews back in the day. Some examples:
Divorce -> exercising your freedom to be with whoever you want to be
Abortion -> health procedure
Death -> doesn’t happen
Missing mass -> you can pray at home
And then there’s perhaps the worst: Jesus -> social teacher.
Yes, Jesus is ZEALOUSLY (Jeremiah 1:5, Mark 9:37, think cleansing of the temple) pro-life and unabashedly pro-marriage (Matthew 19:4-6). He sought out opportunities to serve the poor and disregarded certain social norms. Nowadays He would still be pointing out the hypocrites who follow some of His teachings but disregard others, just like He did to the pharisees.
But that’s not the point. That’s how our culture has boxed Jesus in. They’ve labeled Him “old traditional moral teacher whose views don’t matter anymore.” We can’t let ourselves be tricked by this simplification! The Devil loves to lie, he loves to turn people against each other, he loves to make things all wishy-washy.
The point is that Jesus loves us. He loves us so much. So much that He died for us. He gave His life for us. He didn’t have to do that. But He did.
Jesus is GOD… He’s not just some guy, some moral teacher. No, He’s our only hope, our only salvation, the only truth.
And so, as Christians, we are called to love others with all that we are, to even die for others in the name of Jesus. This is following His example of sacrificial love, a love that we call Agape, “The love of God.”
The whole point of Jesus’ life was to give it for us. So when we talk about Jesus, let’s remember that our message is love. Not everyone is going to agree with all of the social teachings. That’s okay, for now. We all have an incomplete understanding of the fullness of the truth. The first thing is proclaiming Christ crucified so that all may come to know that they are loved, that there is purpose in life, that there is hope even in the darkest moments. The social teachings come as a response to God’s love, rather than as a prerequisite.