Some Christian activists are drawing attention to themselves in a purported effort to get Target Stores and its customers to repent over its transgender bathroom policy. The tactic is to have someone record them while they parade through the store “street preaching” at the top of their lungs again the LGBT-pride policy. (See videos below.)
Folks, this behavior is not honoring to Christ. While the Target bathroom policy may be among the rankest of sins, and should be opposed, Target stores are private property and protected from such disturbances and disruptions by very appropriate laws. Trespassing for the purposes of disturbing the peace, or purposes not in good faith with basic free commerce, is to break both God’s law and man’s.
Let’s be clear: you cannot stop sin by engaging in more sin. Christians lose the little bit of moral authority they have left when they break God’s laws while purporting to champion them. Stop it.
If you want to confront Target, preach in a public place where it’s allowed, write a blog, write an article, go on TV, rent a billboard, post your sermon on YouTube, pray, and/or boycott. It’s that simple.
One of the great reasons evil has progressed so far in this nation to begin with is that Christians have perennially tolerated trespasses of their own while pointing to change those of others. Since the earliest days of our nation’s settling and founding, this has been true: mercantilism, war, welfarism, statism, racism, slavery, public education, government regulation of everything, and more—hypocrisy after hypocrisy. You think God will bless any of that? No.
He judges it.
We have a perfect and eternal foundation in God’s Word, His law, and some of the foundations of this all-but-once Christian civilization. If we were to get ourselves true to those foundations first, we might find that the rest of these social problems aren’t nearly as big as they are now. God has a way of blessing Christians like that when they repent of their own sins first and return to Him. Until then, guys like this can expect to make headlines with HuffPost for the end of being ridiculed indefinitely, and rightly so.
If Christians intend to preach repentance in social affairs, we have a whole lot to repent of for ourselves first.