Fooling Ourselves

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It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve had a busy year so far. The Lord is teaching me lots, so I thought I’d share some of those things. Most of what He teaches me comes through my trials, and some through my Bible Studies.

What’s weighing on my mind the most is over the weekend, a relative, who shall remain unnamed, announced her “engagement” to another woman. I’ve been head to head before with the Gay/Lesbian issue, because I have friends with kids who are gay. It is also so prevalent in our world today. But that doesn’t mean it’s ok. God says it’s not.

“Don’t fool yourselves; people who are immoral, or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts, or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves, none of these will possess God’s Kingdom.” 1 Corinthians 6:9

“No man or woman is to have sexual relations with another man or woman; God hates that. It is detestable.” Leviticus 18:22

I think there’s a lot of “fooling ourselves” going on regarding this issue in America.

It’s really as simple as whether you believe the Word of God or not. Is the whole Bible the inspired Word of God, or not? Is just the New Testament relevant?

I believe the entire Bible to be the inspired Word of God. You can’t take out or twist what doesn’t suit your fancy.

In my mind, it’s a heart position, and ultimately actions,  that will condemn a person. A thought that’s prevalent today is: “God made me this way.”  But God says, “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. You can be born with a tendency towards alcoholism, but choose not to drink. You can be born with a tendency to gossip, to be greedy, to eat too much, too. But if we, in our hearts, know that these things are wrong, and go to God with a humble heart, ask for forgiveness, (no matter how many times we sin), He is faithful to forgive us. It’s when a person thumbs his nose at God, and says, ‘No, what you say is wrong really isn’t, and I’m going to do what I want regardless of what you say.’ This is the attitude that will condemn them. They are calling wrong right.

Jesus dying was also not a free ticket to continue in sin. 1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”  and Romans 6:1-4 , “ What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

As Christians, we should always treat each and every person with compassion. We ourselves struggle every day with sin. But to call something not sinful that God has clearly said it is, is to ultimately harm the person we’re trying to be compassionate to.

It’s not a popular message today. The politically correct crowd screams that we should tolerate every person, behavior, and idea. I disagree. I will LOVE every person, but not approve of, or tolerate every behavior, because to do so would ultimately help those who are on a path of destruction to continue on that path.

So, I spend every morning praying for her. I pray the Lord will seek her out, and show her the way back. I believe He will.