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Jesus Christ Is The Same Yesterday And Today And Forever – Daily Inspiration, October 9, 2012

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

During the Good Morning America broadcast yesterday morning, the anchors warmly congratulated the weather anchor, Sam Champion on his engagement to another man, Rubem Robierb. One news anchor embraced Champion; another seemed very excited at the prospect of helping him plan the nuptials. There were shots of the two betrothed men during several segments. They appeared very happy and content. Champion thanked everyone for the outpouring of support for his upcomimg union.

I understand the need for Good Morning America to support this colleague and foster a one big happy family persona for its viewers. One, it’s good for ratings. Two, Champion has been with the program for while and is good at his job. He presents himself in a dignified and professional manner while also being very personable. He seems to be a very nice guy annd I am sure the love shown him is genuine.

However, as a Christian, I am disheartened by this current tide of homosexual acceptance. In an attempt to stem the damaging effects of childhood bullying, we are sliding into dangerous territory. Make no doubt that singling out individuals for physical and verbal abuse is wrong and should stopped. However, accepting behavior that God has deemed an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), is not helpful to the person nor is it helpful to the nation as a whole.

The proliferation of wickedness and selfishness in the world has desensitized many to God’s Word. As in Malachi 3: 13-15:

“You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord.
Yet you ask, “What have we said against you?”
You have said, “It is futile to serve God. What did we gain
by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners
before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed.
Certainly, the evildoers prosper and even those who challenge God escape.”

The truth is, homosexuality is wrong. I know that is not a popular sentiment today. I do not support homosexuality, but I don’t advocate violence against them. Although some argue, it is possible to love the sinner but not the sin. God is our example for this as he still showers us with undeserved mercy and grace, though we sin daily – intentionally and unintentionally. I have known and been friendly with homosexuals, but have not and will not support the lifestyle they have chosen. Just as I love various family members who have run afoul with law ennforcement. I love them, but in no way do I support or condone thier actions.

As Christians, we are in the world but not of the world. Social attitudes change, but the word of God stands forever and His promises remain unbroken, as stated further in Malachi (3:17):

“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make
up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion
a man spares his some who serves him. And you will again see the
distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those
who serve God and those who do not.”

As Christians, we will have those who sharply disagree with us and may even despise us, just as our Savior was despised and crucified. We are not people-pleasers, we are servers of God. Do not let your compassion for man turn into disregard of the Word. God’s Word is not old-fashioned; it is timely, relevant and desperately needed.

May the Lord be with you today.

Homosexuality is a Sin, Despite Modern Convictions

Sometimes you have to take stances that go against common trends and mindsets. This post definitely goes against one growing trend – the acceptance of homosexuality. This is not a rant against homosexuals; rather it is a reminder to Christians who believe there is nothing wrong with homosexuality that they are in direct opposition to the word of God. For those unfamiliar with the Bible and insist it does not specifically address homosexuality, please read Leviticus 18:22: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” It is listed among several other sexual acts Gods declares detestable. In Leviticus 20:13, we discover the punishment for the act: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Is this a call to gather those who engage in homosexual acts and put them to death? Of course not, modern society is radically different from the times this edict was issued. I would also never place a call to kill those who have committed the sins of adultery, fornication, envy or bearing false witness. That would wipe out most of civilization, including myself. We all sin, but it doesn’t make it right because everyone does it. Thankfully, we serve a forgiving God who accepts sincere repentance. We serve a God who took human form, bore our sins and, because of His death and resurrection, allows us to live in His grace. While Jesus exhibited unprecedented compassion for all sinners during his time on earth, he did tell his followers this, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” and, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:17, 19.

So, as Christians, we cannot conform to society’s growing tolerance of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. While we cannot bend, we shouldn’t shut out those homosexuals who seek the truth and a sincere relationship with God. Our example is with Jesus who, after being criticized by the Pharisees for eating with tax collectors and sinners explained, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But, go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Matthew 9: 12-13. This is “loving the sinner and not the sin”.

Free will allows us to believe in God. That same free will allows others to not believe in Him. If you believe in and love God, then His commands should be etched in your heart. God’s Word is unchanging in the face of the world’s ever changing views and morals.

The Closed-Minded Christian

I had a conversation recently where I referred to homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. The person to whom I was speaking became indignant.

“There is no such thing as an ‘alternative lifestyle’. Jesus didn’t give an alternative. I don’t care what they say, I believe what Jesus says.”

When I advised that I had purposely used that term to prevent offending anyone listening to our conversation, I was met with more of the same. The person actually began talking over my words to drown out and nullify what I was saying. That got me thinking. Not about the issue of homosexuality. God’s position on this is clear as Paul reminds us in Romans 1: 26-32. The purpose of this post is not to offer my opinion. Rather, I was struck by the absolute closed-mindedness of the self-professed Christian.

I knew what the person meant, but I couldn’t help but wonder how someone unfamiliar with Christ would internalize our conversation, especially if he or she were living such a lifestyle? Would that person feel comfortable approaching us to discuss and therefore learn why we take such a position on the lifestyle? Would that conversation make the person seriously consider making a change in his or her life? Or, would that person become apprehensive not just of us but of Christianity as a whole? As Christians, we have to be mindful of our speech and our actions. Proverbs 15:1 ” A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” We should be vessels that direct one to Christ but sometimes we are brick walls for those seeking the Lord.

We should stand firmly against sin, but standing firmly against sin doesn’t mean we should discard the sinner. In Matthew 9:9-13, we are told of the time when Jesus and the disciples had dinner at Matthew’s house with tax collectors and other ‘sinners’, When the Pharisees (a Jewish religious group that zealously followed the Old Testament laws as well as their own religious traditions) saw this, they asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Upon hearing this, Jesus replied, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”

As followers of Christ, we should reach out instead of closing ranks. Christianity is not an exclusive club only for perfect people. If that were true then none of us could be members. In our zeal to confirm our Christianity to ourselves and to others, we tend to vehemently condemn sin by invoking Jesus in our speech. When we do, let’s remember to also take on the characteristics of Christ so we don’t turn away seekers but invite them to the most important relationship they will ever have.