Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Love on Life Support
I want to start off by having a disclaimer: I have been pondering if I should have a response to the madness that has broken out around social media today, but God has settled me with who should be my number one priority, and why I should always remember that God will ALWAYS be number one, even if the publics reaction is not positive.
Americans today are tipsy.
Why do I say that Americans are tipsy? Because we just want to fit in. We want to do what everybody else is doing so we participate in the activities that it entails. Somebody says something really deep, and we attach to it, hopelessly, and we support it so much that we change our entire facebook to revolve around "it"...for a day.
I literally will not be able to sleep tonight, unless some things are said, and if they have to be said by me, let it be.
1. The reason my title is "Love on Life Support" is because this is that big of an issue, that needs to be addressed and prayed for.
2. There is a huge difference between loving and supporting.
I just wanted to take this time to address some of the things that I read today, and do my best to explain them, with the Word of God, which is most people like to argue this with.
Please, stop making the Word of God comfortable for the selfish desires of this messed up thing that we call "society".
One thing I have seen today, also the most popular, is the saying "God loved, so we should love."
The thing is, that is absolutely right.
God does say "Love one another, as I have loved you"; and frankly, if that is all that the saying means then it is very accurate.
However, that line is usually followed by something along the lines of "Proposition 8", which therefore means it has now become a support group.
Like I said earlier, there is a HUGE difference between loving and supporting something.
I can say right now that I LOVE homosexuals , that doesn't meant that I support the homosexual lifestyle.
Also Jesus says "I love the sinner, I hate the sin."
--That is a PRIME example of loving and supporting.
I love who you are, I don't support what you do.
Another thing that I have seen today, is something along the lines of "God created homosexuals for a reason!"
-This is sadly mistaken.
God did not create homosexual people, in fact in His Word, it's pretty much the exact opposite.
In the VERY FIRST book of the Bible.
"So God created human beings in HIS OWN IMAGE. In the image of GOD He created them; male and female He created them" Genesis 1:27
God created people in His own image.
He created people to live like He did, if they just believe.
And if you believe with your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, it should MAKE people that are following the patterns of the world to want to REPENT just by observing you.
As Christians, that is one of our main focuses: to make disciples of ALL nations (that doesn't just mean countries, necessarily) and to repent from the patterns of this world and have an attitude of Christ that others might see and believe.
Christ did not have an attitude like Proposition 8, as a matter of fact in the Old Testament in Genesis 19 He destroyed a city for reasons, one main reason being homosexuality.
One final thing that I have seen today is, "We are no longer under Old Testament law!"
-High Five! You're right.
However, homosexuality, sexual immorality, abortion, and other issues are seen in the New Testament as well.
I will use one example found in 1 Corinthians:
"Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't FOOL yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
*you may put your spiritual checklist down now*
This verse also brings up another argument that says "well if homosexuality is immoral, so is sexual immorality so we are all going to Hell." The first part of that statement is true, the second part...eh, check out the very next verse in this Chapter:
"Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (v. 11)
In verse 11, Paul is talking about repentance.
Repentance means completely doing a 180 from the acts that you have previously been guilty of and changing your lifestyle completely around to exemplify Christ.
Some people are guilty of sexual immorality, some people are guilty of other things found in 1 Corinthians 6, and those people have also repented from it which is a beautiful sight to see.
It's never to late, friends.
Last but not least, there is God's definition of marriage which is that marriage should be between "a man and a woman" there is no "if, and, or but" in that definition.
To wrap up, I just wanted to suggest that if you don't believe a specific part of the Bible, you don't believe the Bible.
Unfortunately for some people, the Word was not meant to be a buffet where people can come pick and choose what they believe in and still somehow fit in and be "popular" in this society.
Love everyone. Please, don't support everyone. And finally, as Christians we are called to live like Christ that others would turn away from the patterns of this world, please don't miss that.
I love every one of you.