For instance, lately, I've been reading several things posted where people claiming to be Christians "love" a celebrity for "the good person they are" when that same celebrity stands for things our Lord rejects totally as sin. These people claim they reject the sin of the celebrity, "not condoning it, but loving the person and hating the sin." Meanwhile, the same people proceed to shame Christians who take a stand against such celebrities BECAUSE of the sin they promote. Do these people hold to a position that REALLY fits in line with the Word of God? Or could it be that the people who say they truly love these folks but hate their sin are full of self-righteousness? Hear me out.
I was reading Psalm 15, where, in verse 4, it says a godly man despises the vile person. Why might that be so? Because the vile person does not turn from their sin. They embrace their sinful condition and practices. Godly people embrace those who turn from their sin, not those who embrace it and promote it.
In our day, we have people calling evil good and good evil. They do so publicly, and with great influence on others through their grand stage. This influence is reaping horrendous havoc on our society, furthering a godless moral upheaval in our land. The moral landscape they seek to change is successfully shifting around us. For that reason, we should despise them as the Bible teaches. We should call them out. We should show the world what their sin is doing. And we should warn the world of the consequences before God.
As Christians, we are called to love unconditionally. But does that mean we are to come out publicly in favor of politicians and celebrities (Hollywood or athletic)? There are those who are doing so by saying they love these folks unconditionally, yet hating their sin. The hate of sin that is merely a caveat to public support is not hate at all. It's "looking the other way." Loving them personally, when they are near to us, is our calling. But when people are a public figure and we don't know them personally, we need to be more like salt and light - despising their vileness rather than trying to separate them from their sin. Their persona is tied to their sin. If they choose to repent of their sin, publicly, then we should be quick to forgive.
And one more thing. Of the people I've seen embracing stars and politicians known for their sin, they seem to think that these stars and politicians are "good people." This also doesn't square with scripture. They may benefit the poor, help the helpless, and the like, but Jesus does not define good this way. He says only God is good (Matthew 19:17). Our hope of doing good is to keep God's commandments. These stars have no such intention. He also says in the Bible that "our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). No matter how hard we try to do good, it just doesn't sit right with God as good when we reject the Jesus of the Bible as our Lord. These things our celebrities and politicians are doing all the time - and Christians who embrace them are embracing what God rejects. This is a very dangerous position, indeed!
Let's try using a bit more discernment and better judgment, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Our loving God has sent His Son to help us do just that. It works best. Why would we settle for less?