About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
To preface what I'm about
to say, please know that I am not homophobic according to the strictest
definition of the word. I
hold no hostility towards anyone in the LGBTQA community.
I attempt to live at peace with everyone as the Apostle Paul
taught us in Romans 14:19. Even
though some hostility has been directed towards me by a few in the
LGBTQA community, I have not responded in like fashion.
In a calm, yet matter of Biblical fact manner, I simply repeat
what I understand the Bible to say about this issue.
I know that won't satisfy my critics, but that's okay.
There's nothing I can do about that.
I now refer you to the
recent United States Supreme Court's ruling that has legalized same sex
Paul's reiteration of the
Paul put his life in danger by opposing homosexuality. He stood his ground on this and other controversial issues right up to the day when a Roman sword slivered its way through his neck, slicing his head from his shoulders. Paul had spiritual guts. His inner fortitude enabled him to withstand the pressures from the anti-Christ culture of his day. The same inner fortitude must resonate from every fiber of our being. Our anti-Christ culture has clearly removed God from its cultural conscience which accounts for the fact that God is handing it over to the sins it has chosen to embrace.
As Christians, we must
seriously consider our response to the consequences of standing our
Biblical ground. We can't
hide our heads in the sands of indifference and compromise, hoping for
better days to come. Don't
get me wrong. I'm not a
pessimist. I do have faith,
but once God hands a culture over to sin, better days won't be seen
soon. The horse has been let
out of the barn, as the saying goes.
The future we hoped to avoid is upon us.
So buckle up your spiritual seat belts and get ready to ride the
rough road ahead.
We're already maneuvering
our way around the speed bumps and pot holes in this rough road.
Pastors are being pressured to submit to the state's new morality
or else forfeit their state credentials.
Church groups are being pressured to rip out what the state calls
hate literature from the Bible and from their doctrinal statements or
else forfeit their special tax status.
Christian business owners are being pressured to comply with a
new morality based economy or else be sued in a court of law.
Individual Christians are being slandered and viewed as bigoted
and intolerant by a so-called tolerant culture.
Like it or not, these are the facts we encounter as we travel
this rough road.
I don't view these things
as being negative. I
actually view them in a positive light.
The rough road we're traveling will separate the sheep from the
goats in that which we call church.
Although the traditional exterior of church will no longer exist
as we presently know it, and I have no problem with that, individual
believers and teams of believers will form a chain that will network its
way across the land. Church
will be church as understood in New Testament terms.
We won't be like those who shrink back and cave into the cultural
pressure (Hebrews 10:39). We
will, however, endure these trials and tribulations that come our way as
Paul said we can expect before we enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
I pose the following
question for your consideration. Most
of us live in a jurisdiction that has redefined marriage and the family
through legislative and legal rulings.
This new cultural definition is clearly unbiblical.
Is it, therefore, time for Christians to uphold the Biblical
definition of marriage by repeating their marriage vows before God,
family, friends, and the church, without defiling these vows with their
association with an unbiblical state sponsored marriage certificate?