15 Some certainly preach Christ with jealous and competitive motives, but others preach with good motives. 16 They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; 17 the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. They are insincere, hoping to cause me more pain while I’m in prison. 18 What do I think about this? Just this: since Christ is proclaimed in every possible way, whether from dishonest or true motives, I’m glad and I’ll continue to be glad. 19 I’m glad because I know that this will result in my release through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 20 It is my expectation and hope that I won’t be put to shame in anything. Rather, I hope with daring courage that Christ’s greatness will be seen in my body, now as always, whether I live or die. 21 Because for me, living serves Christ and dying is even better. (Philippians 1:15-21, CEB)
This is a passage that I need to read and reread and put into my heart.
You see I have a lot of conservative friends on social media and they seem to be single issue focused of abortion right now. I do not like abortions, and do not want women to get them. But I also know I can not make that decision for someone else, and if this is not legal and done safely, it will still be done at more harm to the mother as well. So to say I am pro-choice is not to say that I am pro-abortion. I say all of this to say that above Paul says we should rejoice because Christ is being preached.
And even if Christ is preached for wrong reasons, Christ is still preached. People still hear the message of love, hopefully, even when the gospel is used for selfish reasons.
So have hope, that Christ is alive and with us always. And Christ being preached is what we all need to be doing.