Like most of my blogs, this is meant primarily for challenging Christians.
I’ve been grieving this whole weekend because of the comments and celebration of some Christians on social media, particularly for the decision on same-sex marriage. Let me say this again, I am writing this blog to get the attention of Christians who supposedly read the same Bible, worship the same God, and have surrendered their lives to the same Lord (Jesus). I don’t think they really understand what is happening with this decision or they wouldn’t be celebrating, but praying instead. By the way, the decision did not come as a surprise to me, so for those caught off guard, you haven’t been paying much attention the past 10-20 years or so.
But this got me to thinking about all that we celebrate erroneously or ignorantly besides same-sex marriage.
Here are 3 things some in the church celebrate that they shouldn’t…
The Disrespectful Bashing of POTUS. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” I am certain this verse is in every Christian’s Bible, yet all it takes is to go on any social media site, check many blogs, or listen in on conversations in some circles and you will find believers clearly violating this verse time and time again. I understand that they may not agree with his policies or ideology, but the venom and vitriol that is spewed from the keyboards is sickening. I do not agree with many, if not most, of Obama’s policies, but I don’t hate the man. I don’t even dislike him.
Actually I had the pleasure of meeting him about eleven years ago and had a short conversation with him and he is as likeable and approachable as anyone. I think he actually believes he is doing the best for the country. I don’t agree with the decisions and direction, but by no means does that give me the right to disrespect him. Even if you don’t like the president, the Bible is calling for us in Romans 13:1 to respect and honor the position of authority that God has ordained. As Christians we are to show that we have the humility to submit to and pray for our Commander-in-Chief (and I don’t mean pray for him on Sunday and disrespect him Monday- Saturday). That is what it means to “not conform to the patterns of this world” (Romans 12:2). That is what it means to not look like those who have no relationship with Jesus and to actually reflect Him. That’s what is more appealing. That is what we should celebrate.
What’s interesting is, your bashing of the president doesn’t accomplish anything, but if you believe in prayer, how much more can that accomplish if you chose that route instead?
Yet we jump on the bandwagon and applaud each other’s comments and posts as if they deserve praise while clearly ignoring that section of Scripture.
Pro-choice Agenda. If you support pro-life positions you are now considered to be in the camp of attacking women’s rights and trying to set them back decades from all the progress that has been made. I have a question; if the woman has a right, when does the child get theirs, especially the right to live? No one would dare approve of a child just born being abused or killed, then why would it be okay for a child a few months less developed and in the mother’s womb be killed? When does a child’s rights begin? At a certain age? At birth? In the womb, and if so at what point?
I certainly understand if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, but that is less than one percent of the abortions performed. I understand it is legal in our country and I am not the authority to take away women’s rights given by the law, but I want to appeal to the conscience. I remember a young couple coming into my office considering an abortion. They were even being pressured by parents to have one. The young mom-to-be saw a picture of my niece on my bookshelf and began to smile as if she realized then that there is a young baby breathing inside of her. They chose to have the child. Those parents who once pressured them have an adorable granddaughter that they can’t imagine not being here. I see Christian women who passionately defend pro-choice and I wonder if they skipped over Psalm 139 where it says God “knitted me together in my mother’s womb,” and speaking to God, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance.” Abortion was legalized in 1973, the year I was born. Whew! Thank you Mama for choosing life!
God sees life, and many celebrate choice. The woman does have a choice, but not all choices are beneficial to her or the child. I assure you that preservation of life trumps all else including lifestyle, convenience, or career. Here’s the thing, if that woman has a conscience the decision to abort will likely come back to haunt her. The moment career and achievement are no longer on the forefront of her mind, the reality of not giving that CHILD a chance to live will rear its head and will have to be confronted. I say this as I have ministered to many women who struggle with their decision years later. There are many who do not confront it and try to suppress it and run from it to no avail. Celebrating pro-choice is also celebrating a woman’s soul being tormented. The same can occur for the men who coerce or pay for abortion. I praise God for grace even when abortion is the choice some men and women make.
I celebrate life. There are choices after the birth. The child never gets one with an abortion.
Same-Sex Marriage. Listen, I can disagree with you and not hate you. If that isn’t possible then those who disagree with me are just as hateful as they consider me to be. I won’t get into what the Bible says about homosexuality, it is pretty clear. The issue isn’t what the Bible says about it. The issue is that not all of us are willing to submit to it setting aside how we feel or think. The issue is not what the Bible says, but it’s about the desire and the audacity to reinterpret Scripture to fit the “spirit of the age,” the attitude of this generation. I read fellow Christians’ posts on social media and they say #lovewins. Well, not according the Word.
Hey Christians, answer this question, where in Scripture do the people of God or God himself congratulate anyone for living in sin or rebellion? Where does God show joy for someone living outside of his will? His desire is that “none should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge (relationship) of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). How can I say I love someone and I celebrate a life apart from God as described in Scripture? It suggests a couple of things, that either I have redefined sin, and/or I do not believe the Bible completely. Love is not just doing nice things for people, or agreeing with them to exercise tolerance, but it is caring for their souls above all.
The Scripture teaches in Romans 8:7 says, “For the mind set on the flesh (sin nature) is hostile to God, for it DOES NOT SUBMIT to God’s law; indeed, it CANNOT.” Christians that verse will offend people who do not submit to the Lord. Stop trying to appease both the Christian world and those who do not believe. You can’t do both. You can’t be about the things of God and still celebrate or congratulate sin. The Holy Spirit won’t let you. You do have the ability to ignore the Spirit, but he isn’t a neutral on the things of God, he is fully supportive confirming the things he originally spok in Scripture.
My opinion may be offensive to some, but that doesn’t make it condemning. The Word of God is offensive but that doesn’t make it condemning. It’s only condemning to those who resist it and do not want to submit to it. We live in a world where if you aren’t in agreement with everyone else then you are hateful, intolerant, and a bigot. Then every individual breathing is guilty. Whew, I am so glad I know who I am and who I am not so that I am not looking to please people over pleasing God.
Speaking of love for just a second, love is not just about who you’re attracted to. We should stop saying #lovewins simply because people can legally marry who they are attracted to. There is nothing wrong with same-sex love, it happens all the time among friends. Same-sex attraction, however, is a stronghold and same-sex sex is sin. We are experiencing the perversion of love and have made it what we want it to be in order to appease the flesh.
The interesting thing is the Bible prophesies about these days. So while some Christians may celebrate with the world, those same Christians ought to be praying and repenting. Matthew 7:13,14 talks about the wide gate, its way is easy, many people will enter it and it leads to destruction. It goes on to mention the narrow gate, its way is hard and those who find it are few, but it leads to life. 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed (be in agreement) to this world.” Some are celebrating the “wide gate.” On the flip side this does not give Christians the right to condemn or judge the lifestyles of those who are not in relationship with Jesus. We are called to love them into the kingdom as we reflect Jesus without willingly compromising. But it doesn’t mean celebrate it either.
“What one generation ignores, the next generation will experiment with. What that generation experiments with, the next generation will endorse. What that generations endorses, the next generation will celebrate.”
God we all need your grace!