Archive for June, 2015

Man versus God

Throughout today (I am writing this on Friday June 26th, 2015) people have reacted (or even over reacted) to the ruling that the United States Supreme Court gave on the definition of marriage.  People have asked me my thoughts on this and what this means for the church and my first response to them was to stay calm and not panic (and also to come and hear the sermon God has given me in our series on Fear…The Fear of Losing Control).  Let me preface all this with saying, I am not mad, I am not upset, I am not running around calling people names or even going go out to protest the Supreme Court.  While I am disappointment with the ruling, at the same time I expected it.  Why, because when you put things in the hands of man without God in their lives, you get what man feels is right and fair in his/her eyes and you also get what man feels will make people happy and keep them off their back.

If we as Christian over react, all we do is bring credence to the claim we are closed minded and haters of the homosexual community.  If we stand up and say “I guess I will be carted off to jail”, then we again have over reacted to something that is not even there…yet.  If we Christians think this caught God off guard, then our understanding of God is very shallow.  God is sovereign and He knew this day was coming (this is why there is free will deep with the love of God).  Before the first words of God were ever spoken (Genesis 1:3) what happened today was known by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  God is not up in heaven pulling out “plan B”, there is no plan B folks.  Plan A was the perfect plan and will always be the perfect plan.

That being said, man has pulled out plans B, C, D, E…, throughout history, but that doesn’t make them right.  You have to go back to the beginning if you want to understand God’s plan and also understand that His plan is perfect and pure.  Study the account of creation and you will see that at the end of each day of creation God looked over that day and saw that it was good.  At the end of day six, God looked over all of creation and saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  Man and woman were brought together and God ordained the institution of marriage.  So that settles it for me as far as the definition of marriage goes.  Yes even Jesus reiterated in Matthew 19:3-6 and Jesus even explained why Moses granted divorce decrees (vs 7-9).  Go ahead read it…I will wait for you right here.  Did you see it?  “because of the hardness of your hearts”…”but from the beginning it was not so”.  But what happened in the garden is why we are here today with this “re-definition” of marriage.  Man believed he could be God and thus know more than God and be better than God.  Man decided to “re-write” God word and God’s ways.

My friends this is why we are where we are today, we have believed the lie that we “shall be as gods” (Gen 3:5) and we have decided one true God is not right or fair.  So we will decide what is right, fair and equal and we will not stand for someone, especially God, to try and tell us we can’t do that or that it is a sin.  Because telling someone that they have sinned is judging and we are told not to judge (I will clarify all that at another time for you).

That being said, can I also clarify something to all my homosexual friends (yes I know people who are homosexual), I do not hate you, I do not think I am better than you, I do not look down on you with loathing and disgust.  I just don’t agree or condone your lifestyle choice and I will venture to say you don’t agree with me on the majority of my theology or conservative view points.  Also, would you please stop associating me with Westboro Baptist Church, they are nowhere near correct in their theology nor doctrine and they bring a discredit to the message of Jesus Christ.

So church, this changes nothing for us; we are to be the church that Jesus gave His life for to everyone, everyday, until He calls us home.  We are to love our neighbors and share Christ with them.  Are people going to get mad at you, probably.  Are people going to “unfriend” you on Facebook, or stop “following” you on twitter, maybe.  But as a believer, you know this and you should expect this and you need to embrace it.  We are called to be salt and light to the world, not to a select few and not to just those who look like you, dress like you, talk like you and act like you.  When it comes to man versus God, God wins every time.  So don’t panic, don’t over react and don’t say things that are not even in the Bible.  Instead do exactly what Jesus did

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36)

Yes love wins….true love that only comes from God.

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Choices

Choices; everybody makes them and everybody has that freedom to make them (at least here in America you do).  Just because you make a choice however does not mean everybody has to support your choice, agree with your choice, or like your choice.  There are many choices I make that some people like and there are just as many that do not like them and that is okay, because as of right now, you are free to choose.

God had a choice too and He chose to create man, knowing that man would reject Him, despise Him, curse Him, mock Him, and one day crucify Him.  But He still chose to say “Let there be light”.  The all knowing (omniscient) God loved / loves you so much that He chose to suffer through many things with the simple hope that you would choose Him also.  He did this knowing that “broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt 7:13-14).  Today that is not how it is.  Today we don’t want the few, we want the many.  We crave for thousands of friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter.  We “post” something and then anxiously await the number of “likes” or “re-tweets” we get.  We have chosen man’s ideology over God’s perfect knowledge and will.  Now here is the funny thing, God doesn’t “force” you to choose Him and He also doesn’t try and “guilt” you in to accepting Him.

I am making my choices based on His Word and His Word alone.  Some of you will call me a religious bigot, a right wing nut, someone who clings to God and guns, an ultra conservative, or whatever else becomes the “buzz word / phrase” soon.  I am not telling you or forcing you to make the choices I make; my choices are mine and they are based on my convictions.  With my choices come consequences (all choices have consequences) and I live with them.  It doesn’t mean I don’t love you or care about you if I choose to not support something you support or travel down a road you travel down.  My love for you comes from God and God loves everyone, if He didn’t then His Word is a lie and John 3:16 and 2 Peter 3:9 must be stricken from the Bible.

Friends and family, I love you all and I want you to know that there is an important choice you will make while you are alive on this earth.  That choice is where you will spend eternity, heaven or hell.  God chose to send us His Son (Jesus) to pay a debt we could not / cannot pay and He gives you the freedom to choose to accept that payment or reject it.  My choice was to accept it and by faith believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He gave His life for mine.  That choice is made on this side of eternity (before you die)… what choices are you making?