If you’ve read many of my posts, you know that I don’t typically write about any controversial topics (Presidential Related, News, Laws, Etc.). I don’t write about those things because I don’t feel like welcoming any unnecessary negativity into my life. The thought of having to deal with the opinions of people, mainly Christians, about “Hot Button” topics makes me want to puke. And, I don’t mean a tiny puke, I mean a full on dry heaving until you hurl from your toes kind of puke. However, when I have an overwhelming sense of “This is an important topic that needs to be addressed”, I will cover it. I pray to daily about several things, and one of those things is: “Show me what I need to write about. Help me reach people who need you, whose lives need to be touched. Use me as your tool today, no matter the purpose. Help me to be bold, and give me direction.
This week is no different. I prayed that prayer daily, and over the period of about five days the topic of Homosexuality kept popping up in different areas of my life. I don’t feel like that is a fluke. I think that is God giving me direction. Now, I would like to say that this is not a topic that I can personally relate to because I am not a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or any other sexual identity not covered in the LGBT title. However, I am a person who is flawed, who makes mistakes, who has a past, and who still struggles and will continue to struggle with sin until the day I die. I am human, we all are. No one is perfect, and perfection is not attainable.
So, here goes. There are four scriptures I will use, because they are the only ones I could find that covered the topic of homosexuality in the New Testament. Why didn’t I take scripture from the Old and New Testament both? Simple. When Christ came and died, that was the end of the Old Testament law. Christ was/is the new law. So, if you want to observe Old Testament law verbatim, good luck with that. Don’t eat meat, don’t lift a finger on Sunday, learn the Torah and teach it, put fringes on your clothes, don’t let women speak in church, sacrifice animals… Ok… there’s 613 laws people. There is absolutely no one in the world who even comes close to being able to obey them all. That’s why God sent His Son. He saw that we were screwing things up royally and knew something had to be done. The New Testament Law says to love your God with all your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. If we are following those two commandments, we are fulfilling what God asks of us. This is referred to in Matthew 22:40 “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” So, our object as Christians or to become a Christian is to know that you’re a sinner and that Christ came to earth to die for your sins so that you may spend eternity in Heaven = Sins covered by Christ. G.R.A.C.E = God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Step one: Get God in your life and love him as much as humanly possible with your heart, soul, and mind and 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. So, Christians… are we on board with each other still? I would hope so.
Does this mean that you should pay no attention to the Old Testament? No, it’s good to know the law that God gave to Moses. That came from God! It’s good to understand the struggle people had trying to obey that law. People went through so many things back then that are still relatable topics today, the only difference is that we have the choice to accept Christ and have all of our sins covered. End of story. Just don’t get stuck in the “Old Testament Law” lifestyle, because that doesn’t give glory to Christ and what God sent Him here to do. If God wanted us to follow those laws still, then he never would have had a reason to send His son. Still on board with me Christians?
Here is the scripture that refers to homosexuality:
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error” (Rom. 1:26–27).
We will all receive due penalty for the sins we committed, no matter the sin. And, we will all be judged by God when our lives come to an end.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9–10).
This refers to the people who choose to NOT accept Christ into their lives and continue to live in sin. If you were once immoral, an idolater, adulterer, pervert, thief, greedy, drunkard, reviler, or robber and you have since accepted Christ… Guess what? You WILL inherit the kingdom of God. Why? Because Grace. The key to this scripture is that we MUST accept Christ if we want to go to Heaven. That doesn’t mean that once you accept Christ you will never sin again, because you will. It just means that your sins are covered. Love God and love your neighbor. That’s the basics.
“Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:8–10).
Once again, this refers to those who have not accepted Christ. Once He is in your life, you choose to take different paths and make different decisions than you ever did before because you want to. If you were once a murderer and have since repented and accepted Christ, acting on that desire will no longer be something you allow to happen. That’s how he works in our lives.
“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7).
Yes, God did destroy Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament. Sorry for these words, but it’s just how it is. A gangbang rape by a whole entire town of men was about to go down to two men that Lot was providing safety and shelter for (Same sex) God told Lot that he was going to destroy the city due to these evil tendencies and that he needed to take his family out of the city before it was destroyed, so he did. Once again, Old Testament Occurrences.
See a pattern here? All these things are either referring to Old Testament Law, clumped in with a multitude of other sins, or talks about what will happen to you if you don’t accept Christ into your life. Never once did it say to perform hate crimes against homosexuals, to hold them in lower regards than yourself, to stand outside and protest against them and their rights, to deny them basic human rights, to cause a divide in society from them, to talk to your children or other people about how “disgusting” they are, to gossip about them, or to refuse providing a service to them. What I do see is that God said to love your neighbor as yourself. That is the new law we live under. Christians are driving people so far from Christianity by declaring things to happen in “God’s Name”, when God has never had a problem doing things in His own name. God can and will do whatever he wants to whoever he wants, and he doesn’t need our help with that. He destroyed a whole city. Pretty sure he’s got this! We, as Christians, have a job to do: Spread His word and love people. We are failing miserably at that. Christianity has gotten a bad name, and that’s a hard thing to wipe clean.
I may not be in the LGBT category, but I am passionate about loving people and basic human rights. I’m also passionate about Christians building Christianity back up in a positive light. So, why am I even writing about this topic when it is not something I’m involved in? The Kentucky Senate advanced a bill (Senate Bill 180) with a vote of 22-16 on Tuesday, March 15th 2016, that would allow certain businesses to deny service to people who are gay or lesbians based on religious beliefs. Discrimination in full effect in 2016. We’ve all seen or heard about our country going down the discriminatory path before. It’s a bad one. I heard the news on the radio on the way to work Wednesday morning, and it immediately made me sick. The fact that Christians aren’t fulfilling their “Love your neighbor as yourself” but instead going the complete opposite way in the “Name of God” is scary. What if the tables were turned on them and their sin was in the limelight? Say Jeremy and I wanted to go into a restaurant to eat but were denied service because we once committed adultery? What if Amanda down the road went into a bakery to buy a birthday cake and the owner said: “We can’t serve you because you are a gossip.” Then Jack bought a car and wanted to get it licensed, but they wouldn’t let him because he has a terrible anger problem. That doesn’t seem fair right? Ummm… no… that’s because it’s not! How would you feel if people put your sins and downfalls on blast for the whole world to see, denying you service, even when you are a changed person? I don’t think you would handle it without a fight either. A sin is a sin in God’s eyes. You, with a jealousy problem, are the same in God’s eyes as someone who has murdered someone if you both have repented and are saved. See, how does that business owner know that you are or aren’t a saved Christian, despite your past or current situation? How do they know when or where Christ will intercept you and change your life? How can they, as a Christian, knowingly try and control something that God is in control of?
The only hope that this bill won’t be enforced is that it has to now go to the House. The option to vote on this Bill may not even be allowed, because Speaker Greg Stumbo believes it is unconstitutional. God’s got this guys, just love people. Build people up instead of tearing them down. Show everyone God’s grace instead of condemning them, even if they aren’t Christ followers. You’ll never win someone to Christ when you’re trying to push them away.
Peace, Love, and Jesus,