I am honestly angry. I am angry because a man who holds a lot of power and leadership at a church in Tennessee has joined the masses of embarrassing Christians to stand up make a bad name for the rest of us Christians who are genuinely loving and accepting of others. I am angry that this person thought it was okay to stand up at a church service annunciating that “gays should be put to death”. I am embarrassed that he is not alone in this idea and that he most likely had a whole church and now country thanks to viralism cheering him on in this thought.
As a Christian who proudly checks that box every time I am asked, am literally embarrassed to say that I am at times like this. When I accepted Jesus into my heart as my salvation for life, I did it with the understanding that having faith in Him is about receiving an eternal love that at the end of the day could not be measured. I joined a church learning how acceptance was supposed to work in life and that it does in fact exist. I learned that acceptance exists because that is who Jesus is – nothing less.
Every Christian against same sex relationships will quote one line in the Old Testament and they will use it to their advantage like no body’s business. Yet at the same time they miraculously forget the many lines in the Bible that talk about loving others, not casting judgment on one another, and oh yeah accepting others as Christ does.
It is honestly a controversy that is getting old in my book. As a Christian who has a love for all people, it absolutely disgusts me to see that people are acknowledging they know what Jesus did on The Cross for us, yet can spit on Him in the face by blasting that His children should die. At the end of the day when you wish someone dead, it’s HORRIBLE, MEAN, and very much bullysome.
Someone very special worded something like this. If Jesus were walking down the road and saw a gay skate night occurring at the local roller rink, do you think He would stand out and protest or do you think that He would go inside and put on a pair of skates? The Bible actually has this answer in a few variations
Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Matthew 7:1-29 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. …
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
I absolutely think we are getting the picture by now…
The bottom line is that it absolutely tears my heart knowing how awful people who claim to be Christians and experience the Love of Jesus Christ could ever spread hatred and judgment as obnoxiously as they do and honestly if you are a Christian, then this should offend you too. I think that we are a progressed society enough to live and accept the idea that this is a part of our culture and that fighting it this to the degree that this Pastor has is just truly unnecessary.
In my own witness I have never respected a culture of people as much as I have. It’s either fight for who you love, love in secret, or just give up on making society happy and live your life in the way you choose with the realistic chance that you may sacrifice relationships with family members and close friends just to be with the one you love. To me people of same sex relationship cultures are people we should all be looking to as examples because of the courage they carry with them through the day.
But yet, their sexuality should not be their identity and our society has made it so that becomes the focal point of who they are. It’s so wrong in so many ways!
I continually to pray for this societal saga and hope that Jesus comes soon to set the record straight!