Thank God for clouds! As I’ve learned via the news on TV and the internet over the past couple of days, there’s no ban on public nudity in San Francisco. So, there’s a chance that the fog acts like a huge fig leaf censuring the inappropriateness. Okay, maybe not. But, the city is considering the ban because of the effects it’s having on the community.
Could you imagine it? While walking down the street with your children doing some window shopping, a man strolls by in the buff. Yikes! Apparently, the people in the city are beginning to feel the same way.
And once again, the public casts our votes with our dollars. The reason that this discussion is coming up – at least in the report that I saw on NBC – is because businesses are losing patrons. As important as freedom is, there is a limit to what people are willing to tolerate. So this discussion, as far as local politics is concerned, is less moral than practical. It’s a pretty smart approach that prevents outrage that could result from a decision that would be considered a moral fight in a city that is known for resisting such standards.
Maybe they’re on to something.
In the Outreach Magazine article “Staying On Message” (Nov/Dec 2012), the number one detour Larry Osborne encourages Christians to avoid in their conversations with people who aren’t Christians is an argument about morality. That’s probably the one thing we can be sure that we don’t have in common. Otherwise, why would judgementalism be the primary reason people don’t go to church?
Feel free to not try to fix people using your Christian morals when they’re not even Christians. Bill Hybels, in his book Just Walk Across The Room, calls those types of Christians the Morality Police. He suggests that it is silly to apply Christian morals to people who haven’t put their faith in him. And, it isn’t effective.
Jesus hung out with sinners. I wonder what they talked about around the table? My guess is that Jesus laughed a lot and enjoyed the company of his friends – even the immoral ones. As passionate as he was about the Good News, maybe his approach was less moral than practical at times. After all, it’s hard to relax with a guy that’s always trying to pick a fight. It’s even harder to hear what he has to say.