The recent media coverage of scenarios like the "gay cake" affair and the outcome of the referendum in Ireland has forced Christians into the spotlight as much as their detractors.
The fact that those who believe in the God of the Bible have had to nail their colours to the mast in the light of recent developments has only helped to galvanise the Christian position. Many who would otherwise sit on the fence on such issues have ended up having to decide which camp they are actually in.
In a sense, it has done the Church much good as Jesus commanded His followers to undertake the "Great Commission" and preach the gospel to every creature. The Bible also speaks of the Lord's return at the end of the age and one of the signs of that era is that the good news will be preached in every nation and then the end will come.
Inadvertently, those opposed to the Christian position have helped to espouse its very message. The word "Christian" means "Christ-one", or one belonging to Christ. It is more identification with a person than with a group, or denomination.
That person holds His hands out to the entire world, regardless of ethnicity, colour, creed, or sexual orientation. Jesus died for all out of love and offers life in heaven for all those who would come to Him and trust Him by faith.
That is the simplicity of the gospel, yet it is the most powerful message in the universe. It results in being able to live life abundantly while still here on Earth and, once having received forgiveness for all those things that we know are not right (sins), we are able to reach out to others and share that love of Jesus to others. That is the "Great Commission".
Bangor, Co Down