Matt, I don’t understand how you and Steve can be a part of the same church given what you each believe and practice.” This came from a young woman with whom my wife and I had been sharing the gospel. “I don’t understand,” I replied. She said, “Steve lives with his girlfriend, which seems inconsistent with what you tell me a Christian should believe and do.” I was speechless. I didn’t know the young woman knew Steve, nor did I know Steve lived with his girlfriend. Since I did not know Steve that well myself, I went to our pastor, …
Matt Schmucker is executive director of 9Marks and an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.