This is by no means any proof, but God allowed polygamy in the Old Testament. Yes, even though it was a sin. So what does this have to do with the war on homosexuality?
Spoiler Alert – The Bible is clear…The Old Testament is clear. Homosexuality is a sin. But why? Context is always a good way to understand why God does the things he does.
I changed courses today. I was going to talk about something that will enrage you, but instead, I need to follow-up on the last episode.
I had a little epiphany. I believe I’ve just removed the connection between the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and homosexuality. Take a listen.
This weekend, I’ll be at D23 as a civilian. Say hi. I will also be recording the Film Threat podcast on Sunday.
Today we start looking at the actual Biblical verses about homosexuality in order to seek clarity and truth.
In this episode, we shed light on the idea that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of the sin of homosexuality.
Last year, the Pope asked Christians to apologize to the LGBTQ community. Although I am not Catholic, God impressed on my heart to post an apology for the war Christians have waged against the homosexual community. This is my apology.
In honor of Pride Week, I start to expose the sin that Evangelicals have been committing against the LGBT community. This podcast warns my fellow Evangelicals that homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin, even though we treat it like it is.
I’ve made it a practice to stop being political on Facebook. This has resulted in countless wasted hours not posting things and commenting on my friend’s political posts. What this also did was force me to stop standing up for the underdog.
Recently a friend shared a post about the Pope encouraging Christians to apologize to the LGBTQ community. I broke down and issued the following statement on my Facebook page:
I’m not a catholic. Some would say I’m worse. I’m a born again, evangelical Christian. Although I have no authority to speak for my fellow believers, I would like to apologize to the LGBTQ community for my past sins and our current sins and un-Christ-like behavior towards you.
My God tells me to “love my neighbor as myself.” He calls it the second greatest commandment for us Christians. This love God speaks of is unconditional. You deserve my love without condition.
Early in my life, I did not treat you as a neighbor, but I judged you and your behavior because I believed morality and judgment was greater than love. For that I apologize and commit to never judging you again.
I wish you could experience the love God has shown me. But I know it’s hard to see it based on our behavior and for that, I apologize.
When I say that I hope you experience Gods love. I am not saying I hope God cures you so that you can be saved.
The truth is God loves you because he made you. And that love is amazing. I pray there comes a day that the Church rethinks its behavior. Until then…I apologize. I promise to fight your fight from within as best I can.
In retrospect, i will I added the following:
The Bible says, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” God is talking about you specifically. Not just those who claim to follow God but you and everyone else in the world. By making you, he knows you. He knows about the struggle you had growing up and coming out. He knows about the abandonment, you may have felt not only from Christians, but from close family and friends too.
Numerous times in the life of Jesus, he is criticizing and condemning the religious leadership for their treatment of unbelievers. They asked Jesus to stone and adulterous. They asked Jesus what sin did a sinner commit to cause his blindness. Jesus had harsh judgemental words towards the leaders who should have known better. He had love and acceptance for those lost in a world they live in.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
I’m almost certain the Kim Davis is sitting at home right now feeding off this verse. Ms. Davis has decided that she stands for God’s law by denying marriage certificates to gay couples. I’m certain she feels persecuted, insulted and falsely charged by the world because she refuses to follow the laws of the United States and follow God’s law in its place.
One wonders, though, that while she is defending God’s definition of marriage from homosexuals, is she defending God’s definition of marriage from other forms of Biblical aberrations. I’m pretty sure Ms. Davis has issued marriage licenses to the divorced (Matthew 5:27-30) or Christians marrying non-Christians (2 Corinthians 6:14).
I’m sure she’s also issued a license to couples, who have no reason to be married. What about pregnant teenagers or horny grandpa and his teenage bride. She sure would do the world a favor and refuse an abuser from marrying his emotionally manipulated wife. But no, just gay couples.
I digress. Let’s return to the original verse. The blessing of the persecuted is the reward of heaven. Sounds real good doesn’t it. The problem is Ms. Davis has fallen into the trap of focusing on one verse as her personal treasure and disregarding the other verses around it. This is what we call in the world of Biblical interpretation as “Context.”
Matthew 5:11-12 is a part of the Beatitudes, which opens the famous Sermon on the Mount. Jesus describes the attitudes that Christ’s followers must take into their hearts to be a true follower. These are the attitudes: poor in spirit, mournful, meek, hunger and thirst for righteousness, shows mercy, pure in heart, peacemakers and the persecuted.
Let’s highlight a few attitudes: poor in spirit, meek, shows mercy and peacemaker. Now let’s take a look at the picture:
I sense a disconnect here. The Christian PR Team has decided that inciting controversy and denying the legal rights of the gay community is the best image of Christ the world needs to see.
What Evangelicals today fail to understand that our true calling as believers is the Christ-like life. We are living examples of Christ walking the earth today. Non-believers will know who Christ is by our example. The problem is our example is not that of Christ. More on this topic in the future.
Living like Christ is hard. No, it’s impossible. But it is by His Spirit that we can do it. When it comes to the laws of the land, you can not legislate Christ-likeness.
What Evangelicals today don’t understand is what real persecution looks like. Real persecution is having your reputation destroyed because you dared befriend a gay person; because you defended a gay person from being beaten by thugs; because you considered the life of a homosexual as more important than your own.
A Message For Both Sides: Today is one of those days where half my friends on Facebook will dislike the other half of my friends on Facebook. That saddens me.
I have great friends who are gay. I treasure our friendship and wish nothing but good things for you and success in the future. As a Christian, I believe you were created by God as I have been and regardless of what my fellow believers tell you, you have access to God’s Unconditional Love, Sacrifice and Blessings as I do.
To my fellow believers, remember that we can not control the course of history. That’s God’s job. We are fortunate to live in a country that values our beliefs. Did you know there are countries out there that will literally cut off your head because you are a Christian or you are gay? Is there no common ground?
We can become spoiled living in a world of religious freedom, compared to the world that Christ actually lived in 2,000 years ago. Sure, we can bunker in, protect the last vestiges of Christianity left in America and shield ourselves from perversion. Or we can take the high road and act as Christ would if he were to walk the earth today. There was a time when the poor and the sick was our responsibility. A time when we loved our neighbor (sinner and saint/gay and straight) as ourselves. A time when we were servants, washing the feet of our even those we considered our enemies.
Faith, hope and love? The greatest of these is Love. Let’s stop being clanging cymbals to a lost world.
To those who wish to argue, show me in the Bible where legislating God’s Moral Will takes precedence over loving our neighbor and I’ll happily engage you in conversation.
In case we’re not close friends, long story short, I’m a conservative Christian and at times I like politics and I wish my fellow believers would take a hard look at our stance toward the LGBT community.
So, if God ever had a sense of humor and made me run for office, here’s how I would answer (or not answer) the gay marriage questions.
Reporter: Senator Ng? What is your stance of gay marriage?
Me: Great question. Member of the liberal media elite, seeking to trap me into saying something “politically incorrect.”
As you know, I am a born-again Christian and I hold the Bible, God’s Word sacred. I may go so far as to say, I try to pattern my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
That said, I am called to “Love my neighbor as myself” (Matt 22:39). As I am concerned about children who are hungry, families that are struggling in these hard economic times, the last thing God would want me to waste engery on is preventing people from getting married.
Please let’s not buy into the Pat Robertson BS that predicts gays are the reason nations fall. You know better than that.