The answer to the question is likely both right and wrong. Our Christian perspective is influenced by many factors. These factors bring slight changes in the way we go about solving the problems of the world. The choice you make on how to solve problems have consequences associated with them.
Focus of our Christian Perspective
Our focus represents the things of the world we spend the most of our time trying to address. Some might choose to focus on sin prevention. Others might focus on helping people recover from sin. There is no set way to live your Christian life, except to do what you believe God is telling you to do. A lot of us aren’t listening to what he is telling us to do, and that is a problem for us. If the things you say and do are not coming from a place of love for everyone, you aren’t listening.
Focusing on Sin Prevention
When we focus on sin prevention, we often lose sight of the impact of our efforts. For Example, lets say owning a purple poodle is mentioned in the bible as a sin. Additionally, lets say you push for a law to be passed that says owning a purple poodle is a severe crime that requires civil punishment. For this example, assume your efforts were successful.
People with purple poodles will now blame the parties who actively sought the law change. Not only that, they’ll blame those who are the head of those groups. It isn’t just a church that will receive blame. They won’t blame only a small group of that church. The purple poodle owners will blame you, your group, your church, your faith, and God. If any other organization (National Organization Against Purple Poodles) joined they will also be held responsible. It won’t just be the members, but the founder of that organization. That is because the founder sets the direction of the company. God sets our direction and there is no way around that.
This is a very lighthearted and fictional example, but I’m trying to show you that those who don’t believe as we do see a lot of our important issues this way. They see nothing wrong with what they are doing, and then you become an enemy when you push for civil punishments. Your political activism against ideas in opposition to your faith severs your relationship with those affected by it. God takes the blame when we do something to hurt others. God’s relationship with those people or their potential relationship is also damaged.
Is it wrong to damage this relationship and God’s reputation with non-Christians?
Yes, it is most definitely wrong.
Focusing on Recovery from Sin
The christian perspective that allows us to welcome all into the body of Christ is an important one. However, there is a danger that forgiveness and tolerance becomes approval and neutrality. It is important to remember that tolerating others is not approval of sin. To tolerate a sinner is to look beyond the sin. We should always try to do more than tolerate, because to love someone is to want good things to happen to them.
When we are too forgiving or too tolerant, we don’t address sin in the church. We can get into a state of complete neutrality to sin or particular kinds of sin. This attitude toward sin is harmful for the body of Christ. Being neutral to sins also makes us hypocritical. It shows others that we really don’t care about being faithful to God.
Is being neutral to sin wrong?
Yes, it is.
Our Christian Perspective Needs Balance
It isn’t enough for our christian perspectives to be focused on stopping sin. Additionally stopping sin can’t be at all costs. Imprisonment of the people we are trying to reach is not beneficial to anyone. Prison is what happened to Christians who wouldn’t denounce their faith. Is that really what you want to do to those who don’t agree with what we believe in? The forefathers of Christianity told you to feel joy when you are persecuted for your faith. None of them said to put others in prison because of their beliefs.
All of us should absolutely speak out against sin. We should give everyone alternatives and make our case for Jesus. Love and mercy is enough to convince people to start a relationship with Jesus. No one has to punish them into submission. You don’t have to be the persecutor, nor should we be.
We can’t be neutral or give our approval for sin. However, we can be forgiving and understanding of how hard sin is to resist. Christians should correct each other because we love one another and we want everyone to have life through Jesus Christ. We should tolerate the sins and love the person.
If you are focusing only on one of these two areas of our faith, you probably are wrong. You are right in that what you are doing is important. Also, you are wrong if you only think sin prevention is important, or you only think forgiveness and tolerance is important. We most do both.
Let people have their purple poodles, help them when they get bit, but don’t imprison them.
Supporting Scripture (Forgiveness)
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Supporting Scripture (Christian Persecution):
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.