Well, here we are again.
Another blog post, another opinion–why even bother writing this when it will just get sucked into oblivion with all the other internet commentaries? Perhaps I’m a hopeless optimist. Maybe I just believe the Bible.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
– Isaiah 55:9-11
I believe that.
I believe that whenever we read something–anything–it gets filtered into what we believe and what we reject. I write about what I believe, hopeful that those who don’t know what they believe may come to the truth and believe that.
That said, why do I care so much about the gay marriage issue? It was already legal in 37 states, why does it bother me that it’s legal in the remaining states now, too?
Legal or not legal, that’s not what compels me to write.
I’m not writing to the gay community or the politicians, I’m writing to Christians.
There is no “hate speech” here, only admonishment to those who claim the name of Jesus:
Stop leading people away from Christ with the same gospel that should be leading them to Him.
There is so much distorting of Scripture going on. Obviously we don’t want anyone to think we’re haters or homophobes, but how measly is it when we can’t even speak up for the entirety of Truth? Yes, God loves all human beings and desires that they all come to a knowledge of Him and accept His free gift of forgiveness and grace. Yes, God knows we will initially come to Him in our broken, sinful state–but then He comes and frees us from those sins. Sometimes it takes awhile for a lifetime of sin to fully get its claws out of us; not because God isn’t powerful enough, but because sometimes it takes us awhile to figure out where all the claws were to begin with. But God gives more grace…
Anyway, say we continue telling the gay community that we love them and Jesus loves them “just as they are”…and maybe they decide that they want a relationship with Him, too. And then let’s say they read the Bible for themselves and are convicted when they read His words about homosexuality. But now who do they believe? The Christians who said homosexuality was okay? Or the God who is supposed to be all-loving and who frees them from everything that sets them apart from Him?
We are supposed to be Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is one who represents someone else as best they can. With redeemed souls and the God-inspired Scriptures, we are fully equipped to represent Christ to a world unfamiliar with Him. But apparently we need to do better.
When did we stop believing that to love the lost we have to water down the gospel that saves them? When did we buy into the lie that “God loves you the way you are…and you won’t ever have to change”? When did we stop believing Scripture for all of the eternal and all-encompassing power and saving grace that God is capable of?
Just so that we wouldn’t be a “hater”? That’s not being a hater. That’s being weak. That’s being a weak representation of the God who has the strength to raise the dead and who will one day destroy this earth and its abominations and will make a new heaven and a new earth to be inhabited only by those whose faith is in Him.
That’s also not loving. It’s not loving to withhold the entirety of God’s power which convicts and cleanses, and instead to say “Just come as you are, and stay that way.”
God bids us all to come and be changed. Don’t sell love short.
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:1-3