Monday, February 1, 2010

Motivate Me Monday- Taboo....No More

Last week I wrote a post called Don't Hide Your Light.  After the week we've had and things that have gone on, there's just more to say on the subject of getting outside our Christian circles; the subject I'm going to write about is pretty much a taboo subject in Christian circles today, but we have got to break free of this taboo mindset and get busy in the work that God has for us.  We have got to break down the taboo if we want to "raze hell."  In the past, I've attended churches where we pretty much stayed in our Christian circles, and when we strayed out of that circle, even for ministry purposes, it was as if we were doing something sinful or wrong.  I don't know how else to put it but just to be majorly blunt throughout this post.  The things I'm going to say have needed to be said for a long time, so if it offends, I'm truly sorry; I don't mean to offend anyone, but I know this is what God has laid on my heart for this post.  Much of this post is from rough experiences that both Dan and I have had together, experiences that threw us for a loop, possibly hardening us somewhat at first, but ultimately bringing us out of bondage into the light.  I praise God for that light....truly.

Just to emphasize here that I am speaking out because of my faith; I am a Christian....a growing Christian who is just seeking to follow God's Word and do whatever it is that He has called me to do.  That being said, here is the situation: This week we learned of a "Christian" ban that is taking place in our old hometown.  I won't go into details, but a certain institution (won't name any names) is being banned because of an openly gay employee.  Now, please let me clear something up before I continue.  I do not believe that being gay is Biblical, and I, in no way, condone or agree with the actions of the gay movement....BUT I do not treat them any differently than I do my mom or my dad or my friends.  I treat them with as much respect as I would anyone, and I look at them as a person with a soul and a heart and someone who God loves very, very much.  After all, God created that person just as He created me; He formed them in the womb and knew them before they were ever born.  He also gave free will.  Jesus died for everyone, not just you and not just me; EVERYONE!  Hatred and bigotry such as this ban do nothing but leave all Christians looking like utter snobs and hypocrites; in fact, I believe that bigotry such as this fuels movements, such as the gay rights movement.  Hatred and bigotry are not the solution....

I don't agree with this ban at all, and I'm going to tell you why.  It all comes back to getting outside of our Christian circles and doing what God has commanded us to do in His Word.  Situations like this make me ashamed to associate myself with the same "Christian" name as these who have banned this institution.  It hurts my heart to think that this person, who may not know Jesus, is being treated in such a way as to potentially turn him away from Christianity at all.  Do these "Christians" not realize that people are dying without a Saviour every single day?  Do they not see that associating only within their comfort zones of approval is going against every fiber of what Jesus taught and lived?  In order to reach this world, we are going to have to get up and go.  We are going to have to get out of our comfort zones and see people, all people, through the eyes of a Saviour Who gave up everything to come to earth for us.  It may mean we lose friends, but to die to self is gain....

Is one sin greater than another? For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all- James 2:10 (NKJV). Did Jesus ban the adulterous woman?  No, this is what He had to say to those judging her: He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first- John 8:7.  Later to the woman, He said, Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more- John 8:11. These verses have gripped my conscience and my heart many times: Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye- Matthew 7:1-5.

I will never agree with bans like these.  They are shameful to the Christian faith, and I can't name one point in Jesus' life where He banned any person from coming to Him.  Even when He was about to be taken away to die, He had no hatred or anger towards the one who had betrayed Him.  He is willing that none should perish, but that all should come to Him.  He is faithful and just to forgive those who turn from their sin and follow His ways, cleansing them from all unrighteousness.  These words are more than words; they are actions that we need to instill into our very core; we need to go out into the world, and we need to show Christ's love to ALL people, not just the person who never offended us.  Do I hold a grudge against those who have formed this ban?  No, I don't....but I do feel sorry for them, only because I know the state that their minds are in....I know what it's like to be trapped in that feeling of continual bondage.  I still struggle with it myself at times.  Since I left home, and especially since I married Dan and we went through some situations together, I have had to almost rewrap my mind and heart around Who God is.  I have a hard time seeing Him as my loving Heavenly Father vs. what consumed my mind before, images of an angry God, a Judge waiting to punish me.  I still struggle with that mindset.  

I must say, though, that I am ashamed to be lumped in with the same name as these banning "Christians."  It's not about me, though; it's about this person who needs to know that God loves him.  It's about reaching out when it might be uncomfortable for us to do so.  It's about going where God tells us to go, no matter what discomfort or pressure we may feel from those who won't go with us....it's about dying to self, and living to God.   

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9 comments:

Nina February 1, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

When I am out in public I will treat them with respect just like I would any other person. But they will not be welcome in my home. They are after our young people and I will protect my children from them as much as possible. A letter once written by a homosexual activist stated that they could take our children places that they never dreamed they could go. I Kings 15:11-12 "And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made." I do believe they are sinners that need saved by grace.
God does hate. Romans 9:13 "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."
God tells us to rid our midst(talking about the church) of all sexual immorality, not just sodomy.
Homosexuality is very dangerous. It becomes a dangerous temptation to our young people. Most are turned when in high school or college. When I listened to the letter written by the homosexual activist, I was scared to death for my children. We still need to take a stand against sin. No matter how unpopular that stand is. Paul was very harsh when it came to sexual immorality amongst the Corinthians.
I just had to put my two cents in. I have seen close at hand the destruction in a family that comes from having a sodomite come out of the closet.

Joe @ 20 To Life February 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

I agree - this kind of thing is not right. He's never pushed anyone away - he invites everyone to come to Him. :(
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Busymom3 February 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

I know that this may have been difficult for you to write, but I believe that it needs to be said over and over. You did a very good job with this post. I have always struggled with faiths or organizations that hold themselves higher than those who do not do exactly as they deem fit. Judgment and condemnation is not the way to go about spreading the word of God.

gracenglory75 February 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

If we ban a place because of a gay employee then we should be also banning places because their employees are having sex outside of marriage. And doing drugs. And watching porn videos.

And one letter from a gay activist does not represent all gay people, just like one person who murders an abortion Dr. does not represent all pro-life people.

I find it interesting that Jesus ATE WITH publicans and sinners. I also believe He would shop or eat where they work--so He could form relationships with them and love them. And yet, we as Christians think banning is the answer.

Makes my heart both sick and sad. :(

The Fifth Street Mama February 1, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Oh Mel! I have been growing (and with growing comes stretching and uncomfortableness) in areas of mercy and compassion. Your post is another stop in my journey to love my neighbors.
Have you read Red Letter Christians by Tony Campolo? I think it deals with the way Christians are approaching the gay rights movement among other things. My husband is reading it right now and I plan to read it as soon as he is finished.
Thanks for linking up.

Nina February 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

This is always a difficult subject to address. Let me ask this. Would you let a murderer come into your home? Of course not. This is no different. They are just as dangerous to our children. No they may not kill them but they could turn them towards that way of life. Sodomy is actually one of the few sins that God calls an abomination. Romans 1:27-28 says that even God himself gave them over to a reprobate mind.

gracenglory75 February 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

Murderer!? I am a conservative Baptist who believes homosexuality is wrong, but I will never EVER EVER say gay people are as dangerous as murderers! I know gay people--they are NOT all out to take our children! Again, like I said above, that is like saying all pro-lifers who protest abortion clinics are murderers just because one pro-lifer murderers an abortion Dr. . . oh my.

May God forgive such cruel words against those who's sin is just the same as the sins God died for in MY life. . . . my sin too, is utter abomination and God in His grace reached out and cleansed me from it because others showed me His love and mercy instead of banning from their homes and lives.

My heart is so, so sad over this.

Mel February 1, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

I was prepared when I wrote this for debate....and I know it's stirring up emotions, which is a good thing; I'm glad that everyone's talking; it's an issue that needs to be talked out.

As far as my post, I stand by what I wrote. No, I don't agree with what they do, and no I don't believe they should be in positions in our churches....I never said that. I think that if we're not going to allow them into our homes, though, then we have to take down any other symbols that come into our homes, such as all movies and television, as it's inundated now, even Grey's Anatomy and American Idol. If we're going to keep them from our homes and our children (whom we should have open lines of communication with, constantly teaching them about these issues), then how can we passively let them into our homes via the airwaves? I think the tv can do far more damage than any person at times....

I'm just saying we could be setting a double standard here. I stand by everything I wrote, though.

That being said, I've said all I'm going to say; keep the debate going....this is exactly what I want my blog to do is to make everyone think and talk and work these issues up one side and down the other. I feel much relief over having let my walls down over this....
Love all you readers.

Nina February 2, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

I think the tv and movies are a very bad influence. I think Hollywood's influence on the subject has softened the subject in a lot of Christians hearts. They make it funny. They make sin in general funny and enticing. In today's churches we are preached love, love, love, and yes I believe that we must have love and compassion. I also believe Christ came as a lamb, but will return as a roaring lion. His judgement will start with the house of God. If it is such a bad thing to ban them from my home then why was it good in the eyes of the LORD for Asa to rid them out of the Israelite lands? Why did God himself burn Sodom?
I am not going to avoid a place of business just because they have a gay working there. But my home is my fortress and haven. I have a right to protect it from evil, no matter what type of evil it is.
I know that not all of them are after our children, but some are. I didn't give much detail of that letter. When I said they are dangerous to our children I was talking about our children's souls. A murderer can only hurt the body but turning to a lifestyle that God obviously hates can damage the soul. Porn, adultery and other sexual immorality have the same results. That letter literaly scared my husband and I very much.
When the Great awakening was happening the preachers were not soft. They preached hard and the greatest revival in the nation's history took place. They took stands that today's preachers would not dream about taking. Were they wrong? Today they would be considered cruel and unjust, but yet thousands came to know Christ because of their preaching. Our nation went through the Great Awakening because of men like them. I am talking about Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, D. L. Moody, and other such men.
I love debating issues. I love you Mel, and respect your stand.

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