I Like to be Liked

I like to be liked. Don’t you? I hate conflict because conflict causes people not to like each other even though we should all be mature enough to disagree without being disagreeable. Sadly, that is not the case most of the time. When we disagree with each other, we become offended that someone has the audacity to question our thought processes. I know that this will surprise you, but I have learned that I am not always right. As a result, I have tried to look at things from different perspectives – to see things through the eyes of those that disagree with me. Many times, because of this, I have refrained from joining in or furthering the argument. In fact, quite often, I let things slide because I don’t like conflict. But there is only one thing that I guarantee you that I will not be silent about. I will not let it slide. I will not refrain from joining in or furthering the argument. That one thing is when God’s Word is called into question.

Now let me be careful to explain to you that I know that I don’t know it all. I find myself learning something new every time that I open the Bible. But I know what is sin and what is not sin. I know that ALL sin breaks God’s heart and is punishable by death. You want to talk about the sin of gossip? Lying? Gluttony? Laziness? Abortion? Drunkenness? Adultery? Homosexuality? Murder? These and many more like them are sins, and they are all punishable by death. The good news is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took the punishment for all these sins – for every sin that has ever been or ever will be committed – when He died on the cross. The blood that He shed satisfied the wrath of God once and for all. That means for all time. In other words, no other sacrifice is needed. It also means for all people. However, each person must claim the gift that He has offered, accept it as our very own. For most evangelicals, we talk about the ABCs of salvation. A – admit that we have sinned and are sinners. B – believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sin but rose from the dead three days later. C – confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. That means He becomes our Master and we become His servants. Total surrender to His will. For more information, click here.

I write this today because of the responses I am receiving and that I am reading to the Supreme Court’s decision about same-sex marriage. There are many lies and misunderstanding in both the political and biblical realm. I am not qualified to comment on the political, but I do feel that I am somewhat qualified to respond to the biblical issues.

First, I have read many times that Jesus never spoke about homosexuality, so we cannot know His feelings about the issue. I’m not so sure. Jesus said in Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV), “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” It sounds to me like He had a very clear understanding of marriage. Had He intended to change that definition to include same-sex marriage, He had the perfect opportunity to do so. In Matthew 5-7, many times He said, “You have heard that it was said…, but I say….” Why not do that here? Because He affirmed biblical marriage as being between a man and a woman.

I have also read many times that the New Testament doesn’t speak about homosexuality very much – that not every book deals with the topic. Not every book deals specifically with the topic of salvation either, but we do not question that. But let’s look at this statement. Paul specifically condemns homosexuality (please note that he condemned the sin, not the sinner) in Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and 1 Timothy 1:8-10. However, all sexual immorality is condemned over and over again, and there are many verses that define sexual immorality as any sexual relationship outside of the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. But let me clarify one aspect of what I am saying. The number of times something is condemned as sin in the Bible doesn’t matter. If it is included once, it is the authoritative Word of God. I know that there are lots of people out there who believe that they are intelligent enough to decide that some parts of the Bible are from God and others are not. I have never met one even though I know several who believe they are that smart.

Please hear my heart on this. This issue to me can be illustrated by this one point. If I see someone driving an automobile at a high rate of speed towards a bridge that has collapsed, it is my moral obligation to try to stop them or at least to warn them. That is all I’m trying to do. People, it doesn’t matter if your sin is homosexuality, adultery, or gossip. If you’ve never trusted in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are headed for that bridge. And once you’ve truly trusted Him as Lord and Savior of your life, He will show you in His Word and through His Spirit what needs to change.

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