According to many of the “Christians” I see posting, liking and commenting on Facebook, God has recently changed his outlook in regards to sin.
Sin that will, according to the Apostle Paul, keep those who commit said sins and refuse to repent of said sins out of the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9,10)
Obviously the sin I refer to, that is so widely celebrated today, is the sin of homosexuality.
So, if God has indeed changed His mind in regards to homosexuality does this also mean He is ok with those who commit adulterous acts as well? How about the greedy man who only cares about his own well-being?
I suppose, as to keep things interesting, this jealous God we serve is also now alright with idolatry. You know, the God who wrote in the law of Moses that He would have NO other gods before Him? Surely God wouldn’t decide to make one sin, that He considered at one time to be an abomination, to all of the sudden be lovely and Christ-like yet still look down on a man because he has idols in his life ranking at the top of his list of priorities. That just wouldn’t be fair… would it?
Any of you out there find it pretty natural to criticize or attack other people? Well, according to God’s “new nature”, that’s ok! Revile away!
Deceivers… you’re off the hook too! No more condemnation for the harm you cause others! Isn’t that a relief?!
After all, we were born with these sinful tendencies, right?! The Bible says so… we were all born in sin and according to what I’m seeing on Facebook these days, if you were born with certain desires, you have the freedom in Christ to just go with it.
So if I celebrate #nationalcomingoutday by finally revealing my deceitful nature, will those of you my friends embrace me and let me know how proud you are of me?
Of course you wouldn’t and if you did I’d have to say… “Shame on you.” If you’re really my friend, you’ll never encourage me to do what would harm my relationship with my creator.
Love is not saying just be yourself; It’s quite the contrary. Our biggest issue, according to God’s word is… SELF.
True love is caring enough about another to tell them what they don’t want to hear.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
In full disclosure, God hasn’t changed His mind in regards to sin, not any of it. If it offended Him once it still does.
Allow me to wrap this up by saying, I am mandated as a Christ follower to love every human no matter what his or her struggle might be. Whether it be the innate desire to physically harm others, an issue with racism, the tendency to take what doesn’t belong to them, liars, deceivers, or whatever it may be. We all have our struggles and we all need to be loved.
If you struggle with homosexuality, I stand with Paul and say, you can be set free. I do not hate you and you do not disgust me. You are God’s creation and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I love you so much that I truly want you to live a life of true freedom apart from the sin that longs to hold you captive.
My invitation is for you to come out today as Christ would invite you to do…
“Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.””
II Corinthians 6:17