A Christian has to answer three questions.
1) Who do you say Jesus is? He asks us this question himself (Matthew 16:15).
2) How do you want Jesus to be known in the world? His followers will be his witnesses (Acts 1:8).
3) How will your actions, words, and attitudes make Jesus known? Following Jesus means that “it is no longer [you] who live, but Christ who lives in [you]” (Galatians 2:20).
There is a group of Christians in Springfield, Missouri who, by the witness of their actions, words, and attitudes, seems to have answered these three questions this way:
1) They say Jesus is an anti-gay rights advocate.
2) They want Jesus to be known as one who denies people a job and a place to live.
3) They will make Jesus known in many ways, including by voting yes on Question 1, and hoping others do so, as well.
All due respect, but I answer these questions a bit differently.
1) I say Jesus is Lord and Savior, Teacher and Friend, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.
2) I want Jesus to be known as one who saves, one who loves, one who forgives, one who reconciles.
3) I will make Jesus known in many ways, including voting no on Question 1, and hoping others do so, as well.
Of course, another possibility is that this group 1) knows Jesus as a Savior, and 2) wants Jesus to be known as one who confronts sin, so 3) they also confront sin as they see it in their community, including by voting yes on Question 1.
Actually, I can go there too. I know Jesus as a Savior and I want Jesus to be known as one who confronts sin. However, I believe that Jesus confronts sin with compassion, not condemnation. Jesus confronts sin with grace, not exclusion. Jesus confronts sin with love, not with discrimination. And I do not understand how firing or evicting someone will do anything towards convicting them of their sin, anyway. So I would still be voting no on Question 1, even if this were my primary motivation.
If you are a Christian, I hope that you will give prayerful consideration to these three questions. Who do you say that Jesus is? How do you want Jesus to be known in the world? How will your actions, words, and attitude make Jesus known?
And then decide of your own free will how you will vote on Question 1 on Tuesday, April 7. As for me, as a follower of Jesus, I will be voting no.