Gay Marriage Rights in America!?!
OK... so I am a little slow. I kept seeing all of these signs on Facebook and had no clue of what they all meant. So I made a post and asked, "What does the red block with the two pink rectangles in the center mean? I've seen it twice today."
The first reply said, "It's an equal sign meaning equality rights." So again in my naivety I asked, "What kind of equal rights?" The next response was, "Gay Marriage." Then, I noticed all types of comments ranging from those trying to help me understand the sign, to those offering the alternative sign of the cross and of the anti-gay marriage symbol.
Then, I flipped to a friend's page where there was a heavy (really nasty) debate about what the Bible says about the gay lifestyle. Some were claiming to be graduates of seminary who didn't see anything wrong with gay marriage; others were pastors using force and unpleasant wording claiming that God hates this lifestyle and that America better look out!
Sadly, both "ministers of the gospel" were missing the message of Christ altogether. The word of God has been, and always will be, the standard for every civilization on earth. Since there is only one true God who created heaven and earth, He is the author and judge of what is right and wrong among His creation.
So, as I am reading through this Facebook thread on my friends page, I notice a post made to my page from a childhood friend that includes an article based on "Judge not that ye be not judged." - Matthew 7:1. So I read it!
Having said this, I did agree with the writings of that author to a certain extent. He makes a very good point about how Christians so often miss the mark in balancing their proclamation of faith. His article was long and detailed with scripture to prove his point about how we are to love all people. On this point, I fully agree. The problem with his article is that it pointed to loving the gay lifestyle.
The truth is that God does love everyone! He loves them so much that He wants them to repent of their sin, humble themselves and be born-again! His grace covers us as we bow down and accept His righteousness in "exchange" for our sin. Jesus died on the cross so that all could be saved. This doesn't mean that all will believe, nor does it mean that all will repent of their sin(s). Surely, the gospel "is" good news! The Lord loves humanity so much that He doesn't want anyone to suffer the consequences nor the destruction of sin. Sin leaves a guilty stain in the soul of mankind that can only by erased by the blood of Jesus. This blood can only be applied through repentance.
There are so many Christians who are afraid to speak the truth on this issue... in love! Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." While many may try to twist the word of God to make it fit into their belief system, God knows their motive. He knows their deepest, hidden sin. His word is either a cornerstone or a stumbling block. My prayer is that "I" will grow to accept more and more of His word, His ways, His absolutes, His righteousness, His peace, and His grace each day that I live. What a waste for anyone to argue that God's word doesn't mean what it says. He wants all saved! He wants all to come to repentance! He wants all set free from the bondage of sin! Anyone who tries to hang onto their sin, while claiming the love of God, has missed the mark. It's not about rules. It's about a life that is FREE INDEED. If we say we love God, we should also love what He loves... and hate what He hates. God hates sin because sin hurts people!
So often, Christians either avoid controversial topics altogether, or they blurt out the facts without filtering them through the heart of God. So getting back to the favorite verse that is used by those who want to keep their sin and claim God too... "Judge not lest you be judged" from Matthew 7. Verse 5 tells us that we should first get the beam (or sin) out of our own eye before we attempt to cast the mote (or splinter - lesser sin) out of someone else's eye. So Jesus wasn't telling Christians not to judge right from wrong, He was simply saying we should clean our own act up before we try to help someone else get cleaned up.