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June 30, 2015, 4:55 PM

Maybe they're on to something.


     There have been many times in my life I wish I could communicate my thoughts in a better more loving way. It happened Sunday, and I’m sure it will happen again! (Sometimes I feel like Phil Robertson, LOL, see 1/7/2014)     

     God’s word is clear about many things; sexual sin, both homosexual and heterosexual, are some of those things that I think we understand. Many places in scripture we read easy to understand instructions on what God expects of His people. What is not so easy for me, is how God wants me to react to those on the outside who commit those sins.

     I know many of us, to put it mildly, are disappointed with the recent Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage. Let me be the first to say, no matter what the Supreme Court says, they cannot change God’s definition of a Biblical marriage. They don’t have that power and never will.   What they do have the power to do is to change the laws of our land.

     God calls us to follow His word and His commandments. Jesus often spoke about the greatest commandment. In Matthew we find this, One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

     We know those words so well; it’s one of those passages we all have memorized! The question I always need to have answered is this, how do I Love the Lord my God with my heart, soul, and mind. Well, Jesus answers that question as well. "If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

     Jesus says, we show OUR love by keeping His commandments, US keeping His commandments. It’s way too easy for me to look at others, especially those who have committed terrible sins and forget, God and Jesus command me to treat them with love and respect. I know I have a long history of not doing that exact thing, and then condemning them for their sin.

     Paul writes in Romans some instructions I really need. If you start in 1:20 and read to the end of the chapter he describes our world almost perfectly! A rather long and complete list of terrible sins, some of which I have committed! Then in chapter 2 Paul tells us how we are not to act. Why? Well first he says it’s God’s business to judge them, and secondly I will not escape because I am no better than they are. It is easy to forget how forgiving God has been to me. Listen to Paul in 2:20 “…do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?” I heard this yesterday and I quote my brother; If, when you think, read or hear the word sinner and you don’t think of yourself first, that’s a problem. If, when your think, read or hear the word love and think, “yeah but….” That’s probably what caused the first problem.

   Kindness, tolerance, patience are the only ways we can fulfill the second commandment like the first. Not because I condone anyone’s sinfulness, especially my OWN, but I hope with love and respect to demonstrate God’s kindness I experience daily, which leads to repentance. 

     Maybe Jesus and Paul are on to something here. I love you all!                        Philip



Comments

09-05-2015 at 3:38 PM
Bobby Sims
A truly difficult topic. However, isn't it true that our first responsibilty is to recognize our own sins and our own need of a saviour?
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