So this morning I’ve found myself more grateful for the gift of boldness I’ve been given. I suppose I have edited my comments on this subject too…by keeping quiet, but that would be too easy so here goes something.
Disclaimer: By the way, from now on I’ve decided to not edit my posts until after the first run…I’m still a little nit picky, but this freeing “lack of activity” is helping me to actually let loose and reach my goals instead of writing and re-writing post after post without actually publishing them-For the Record, I have more drafts than posts-so yes, it’s A NECESSITY…anyway…grammarians beware…I know better, but out of the heart flows the issues of life so…
I love how God connects the dots of our lives. So about the same-sex marriage issue, homosexuality, gay pride, and all the other terms that have been thrown around in the media yet eerily hushed in the church…I believe the issue at hand is a matter of ignorance and pain not hatred…indeed fear and anger…no bigotry…well at least not most of the cases I’ve observed.
Now granted there are some STUPID PEOPLE out there who have physically hurt and even killed those who identify themselves as a part of the LGBT community as their dumb attempt to so call “cleanse” our world of who they feel don’t belong….
Hmm sounds so familiar doesn’t it? Oh yeah, that’s how that whole racism/slavery/civil rights uproar started huh?
There are some who argue that some people are born homosexual. Until about three weeks ago, I would have disagreed. I’ll explain in the next post in this inevitable series.
There are others who say that the lifestyle is a choice. I was one of those people before. In the cases of the people I know who are openly “gay,” they admitted it was their choice…albeit involuntary…still a choice…I’ll explain that in an upcoming post too.
If you haven’t noticed a little trend here, there is A WHOLE LOT MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS ISSUE …so the confines of one measly post wouldn’t do it justice so I rather than to go off on a million tangents in this one, I’ve deemed it necessary to expand this area….
That said, I do encourage your comments-good or bad because I know that God’s called me to be a voice in this area for some strange reason…I say “strange” because I’ve never been on the other side of the fence if you will…
However until I gather more information…testimonies…stories and news…
Well that’s it…I don’t really know the direction that God is going with this yearning, but I know that it will be all good in the end so I’m going with that.
Did I ask for this?
In a word:
Okay that was three, but you know what I mean#smirk
However, this has been on my heart for quite some time and within the last few weeks I’ve been bombarded with it whether I want to go there or not…
Well, I guess that’s not the best example considering that Jonah hated the people that he had been called to help.
That’s so not me…as much as I’d like to strangle a few folk every now and again for the silly things they do and say, I hate no one. Rather, since I was a child, my heart has bled for the broken…
God touched my heart a couple weeks ago when He whispered to me that He wanted me to minister to “another” type of broken people…
…Not just those women impacted by sexual abuse or domestic violence, not just those ladies who felt jilted by love, and not even just those children who found themselves involuntarily caught in the crossfire of chaos…but a broken that I never felt like I understood…a broken people that though I was ignorant of many of the struggles they may or may not face, have always had a special place in my heart and mind…
There are some Christians who are on the down low.
There are some Christians that are just low-down when it comes to the way they treat others regardless of sexual “orientation” or “preference.”
Regardless, everything I just mentioned is and always has been a moot point.
That said. I do believe that marriage is only marriage when the two involved are one man and one woman.
However, as a Christian there are some things that we must consider about God’s character:
God is Love:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Since God is love, I submit that He LOVES everyone! And yes that includes HOMOSEXUALS!!!
Now I’m sure that I’ve probably gotten a bunch of snarls and gasps by that last comment. Who knows? Perhaps I may even get un-friended or un-followed for typing that, but I really don’t care. After all Jesus was ostracized for spitting the the truth so I’m still in good company.
Anyway…back to the subject at hand…
While real love is unconditional, it is not often exemplified in a manner that allows one to have his or her own way. Ask any attentive parent that question.
We as Christians must learn to relax in the right way! Now with all the stories coming out about this person and that person who just “came out” it seems that our world is too preoccupied by the commercials instead of focusing on the program at hand.
Perhaps we are so caught up at times in hating the sinner that we forget that we too have fallen short of God’s glory, albeit in other ways possibly, but still just as sinful as our homosexual counterparts.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it. Did we forget that part, church?
No, that does not mean that it’s time to allow two men or two women to be married in our churches, but if a couple comes in arm and arm and your first thought is to snarl, consider not just what Jesus would do, but consider what He did do. Not to mention what He still does, through His Holy Spirit for you today!!!
When He clothed Himself in our flesh, He was constantly verbally attacked by religious leaders until yest their rage incited physical attacks, and ultimately death because He was considered to have consorted with those who were “Sinners.” But He Did Rise Again!!!
Is anything too hard for God? No, but it seems that the simplest things like loving one another is so hard for us doesn’t it.
Are you the one who denies that family member access to your child because you fear the “influence”- Disclaimer-There are some folk that will molest kids so I understand protection, but there is a better way to explain things to them. I know full well that it was no coincidence that our broadcast aired this info right when God had placed it on my heart to pen this post…
I’m humbled and grieved…
Yet, I am thankful that there are authors and speakers out there like Sean McDowell teaching that better way…God’s way…the loving way to address this overwhelming shift in our culture.
For the Record>>>>>
We all are sinners…the only difference between your sin and that of a brother or sister in Christ who may struggle with same-sex attraction is that your sin is not displayed like a scarlet letter.
I have a question for you. All things considered, if you know better…want to do better…try to do better, but every time you fail, it’s stamped on your forehead, would you at some point just give up trying? I would. So perhaps that is what many of our sons, daughters, cousins, brothers, aunts, uncles, and even mothers and fathers have taken to heart.
Though the decision being discussed in the Supreme Court might strike an uneasy cord in our nation today, consider that the reason this is happening is because so many of God’s children have forgotten that a threefold cord is not easily broken. Perhaps when we get together and include God’s real point of view in this matter as well as so many others, we too we be able to love as He so unconditionally does.
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