Monthly Archives: June 2015

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A Christian Response to the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

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I posted this on my Facebook page and had quite a response so I decided to publish this here on my website too. It’s meant for Christians to read but I hope it will help bring healing and hope to all who read it.

There are two possible Christian responses to this week’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize gay marriage in America:

#1 Response- Condemn and spew vitriol. I was extremely upset by the SCOTUS legislating morality. If this decision had gone the opposite way (by only one vote!) the other side would be screaming the same thing. I remain very concerned as a Pastor about being forced by the government into doing something against my deep convictions. But in spite of my deep disagreement with the decision, railing against homosexuality is NOT the solution. I have friends and relatives who are homosexuals. Bottom line is: I love them. Does that mean I agree with what they’re doing? No. BUT they do NOT need me to tell them I disagree with them nor do they care if I do. I’m sick to death of petty, childish name calling on both sides. It solves nothing.

And here’s the problem with Christians disagreeing and railing against homosexuality: Not only is a non Christian not going to understand a Biblical world view (you waste both yours and their time and honestly look stupid for even having the discussion) but when you’ve been divorced and remarried four times, lecturing someone on the morality of marriage between a man and woman doesn’t hold water with them. When you’ve cheated on your spouse, lecturing someone on heterosexual monogamy isn’t going to mean anything either. When you talk about love but you’re constantly running people down with your mouth it smacks of hypocrisy. As Christians we can be very arbitrary in our “pet sins” that we feel good about condemning. We condemn homosexuality but wink at idolatry, adultery, fornication, gossip, greed, getting drunk, and swindling when all those things are condemned as well. Bottom line is: the moral slide in America isn’t the fault of the world, it’s the CHURCH’S fault. We have lived lives of compromise for decades and now we want to condemn others as unrighteous when we ourselves have been living unrighteously, too. Just because our sin doesn’t look like someone else’s in no way qualifies us as “Condemners in Chief.”

#2 Response- Live a righteous life. Pray in our homes. It is the height of hypocrisy for us to call for prayer in schools when don’t even pray in our own homes. Don’t tell someone “You need to read the Bible!” or “You need to go to church!” when you don’t do the same thing yourself! And if you’ve been in sin or failed, FINE. It happens. But don’t wallow there! Ask for forgiveness and get right with God! It is the height of hypocrisy to call for others to live lives of righteousness when we ourselves are not. We must surrender everything to Christ and allow Him to live His life through us. LOVE EVERYONE!

Loving everyone is two fold: 1. Don’t condemn. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery. 2. Don’t condone. Jesus also told that woman, “go and sin no more.” Nobody has been condemned into heaven. Plenty have been loved into it. Love is not saying “Everything you do is ok” but it is saying, “I’ll accept you as you are and still not compromise MY beliefs and live my life in such a way that is an example of what a Christian should be. I will pray and lovingly (Ephesians 4:15) share the truth of Christ and realize that everyone has to make the choice to accept Christ or reject Him on their own and that it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to draw and convict.” (i.e. take care of OUR homes and OUR morality and OUR families)

I heard Dr. Adrian Rogers say one time, “If the gold rusts, what will the iron do?” The immutable law of reaping and sowing is always in effect. The Church is now reaping the results of years of compromise and laziness. We’ve ignored our own sin and lived lives of compromise and unrighteousness and now we’re reaping the results of all of it. BUT there is a promise God gave us: “If MY people who are called by my Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. Notice it does NOT say “If the world repents or if sinners repent.” The onus is on Christians. God’s people. He’s calling on US to repent!

God forgive me for placing my focus on others and not on myself. If our nation is going to experience revival it’s up to one person: ME. And the same is true for you, my Christian brother/sister. It starts with us cleaning up our OWN lives and being who Jesus said we’re supposed to be. Until we do that, we aren’t qualified to say anything.

Here endeth the rant. Please know, my friends: I love you. I really do. The choices you make are your own and the choices I make are mine. May we both do so with these parameters in mind: Love Jesus, love others and live like HE would have us live. In public and in private. NO compromise.


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Beware of the Snare!

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“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

As Christians, we’re to seek God first. Not what He can do for us, but Him. Not what we want, but Him. Not our plans, but His. This is a tough thing for lots of people, including me. I’ve struggled in this area. In life there are Kings and Priests. Priests are those who are in church or parachurch ministry. Kings are those who are in the world and business life. Each person has their own ministry where God has placed them but things become incredibly convoluted when a King desires to be a Priest or vice versa.

In the world, (often times) when a person promotes themselves they end up getting a new position or a new title. Sometimes when a person is working and doing well in one position they are promoted to a position they are not necessarily suited for. (If you’re a business management person, you’ll recognize this philosophy as the “Peter Principle”) Just because a person does well on one level in no way means they’ll do well on another. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. But I do know this: IF there’s a chance of them doing well in the promoted position they will show clear signs of it in the position they are currently in by multiplying themselves. A true leader doesn’t vacate a position, they FILL it with someone they’ve mentored and then are promoted to a new one. Also, they should be evaluated in the new position solely on the criteria of that new position and not their previous one.

BUT in churches, I’ve become convinced that the number one obstacle to a person getting “promoted” is ambition. My Pastor preached about this last Wednesday night. The best thing a person can do is surrender to and accept what God has them doing and where He has them serving until He leads them elsewhere or He promotes them. The desire for more recognition or a greater position in a church or a “title” of some sort leads to a major snare.

I’ve seen it lead to rejection, hurt feelings, church hopping, and some even leaving church life altogether… all because they didn’t get their position or their stage time. Worse yet, I’ve seen where people didn’t get their desired result, so they go around authority and create their own path to their goal. Sometimes it’s very subtle but other times it’s wide open and blatant. This opens them up to all sorts of demonic influences in their lives. Church splits are born from such conflicts and unfortunately so are some church start ups. The sad part is the aforementioned approach can work well in the business world and has even become accepted practice, but in the church it has the opposite effect.

Most everything in God’s Kingdom works the opposite way of the world. Where you should hate, Jesus says love. Where you should be angry, Jesus says forgive. Where the world says strive to be on top, climb over anyone you have to in order to be the greatest, Jesus says being the servant of all is the pathway to greatness in His Kingdom. And in this case we’re talking about it’s also the opposite: Where the world says you should go up the ladder and promote yourself, Jesus says to humble yourself instead.

“But what if nobody ever notices me and promotes me?!” God is the One you’re doing it for. Keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to work His will in His time. ”

“But what about my goals?” Surrender them to God. Lay them at His feet and be satisfied in Him.

I write this today to encourage you to beware of the snare! Satan is tearing up too many churches and causing grief and conflict in people’s lives by individual ambition. Instead of wanting greater position or power, thank God for where He has you serving right now and for what He has you doing. If you’re a King then use that influence in your business and the prosperity He has given you to point people to Jesus and fund His Gospel. If you’re a Priest then serve, humbly and preach His Gospel. Don’t seek promotion, let God promote you in His season, not yours.

Luke 14:11, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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