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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It Doesn't Measure Up



I had been wrestling with whether or not to address my thoughts on the Indiana/wedding cake issue here, but was hesitating because I planned to ease in to the discussion of our sin problem with the "basics" (i.e. language, greed etc.). But then a friend shared a blog post entitled Bake For Them Two (big, beautiful wedding cake in the picture foreground) by Jessica Kantrowitz last week on social media. The title intrigued me because the topic was obvious and I recognized the scripture analogy (Matthew 5:41), but had never even in the most remote sense put that passage of scripture together with this topic. I wanted to know what she had to say. So I read. I was trying to make the connection with her but, honestly, was having trouble for reasons I am compelled to share. A comment in parenthesis that she, personally, did not feel that gay marriage is immoral bothered me.  My immediate response being, "Well, she should." It is certainly not the only immoral practice in this broken world, but it is definitely on the list.

I spent the next few days reading through the comments to see if anyone had voiced my thoughts as to how Jesus might address this matter. They disagree with those of the author and if no one else had told her, I was going to do it. While I was still struggling with the wording here, she became overwhelmed with the vast number of comments and closed the section. Ah, well, if she is meant to read my thoughts then I have no doubt God can get them to her. :) In the meantime, I do feel like I am supposed to put this out there so I would like to share with you.

It seems that the majority of comments published (by Christian or non) after her commentary hinged their view of gay marriage to whether or not they, personally, believe being gay is a sin. That is not our choice to make. The Bible clearly states in numerous places that, yes, it is. That is not the issue here. We are all sinners which makes us all players on the same field regarding our relationship with God. He can not abide sin and we can not keep from it. To such a degree that over and over again in scripture, God had His fill of how blatantly out of control things had gotten and just washed His hands of us. When the people would truly repent, forgiveness was had. Then at some point, off down the wrong road the majority would go again. That is why Jesus came. To save us from separation from God.  

More than one published post on the blog made the point that Jesus never spoke of homosexuality and whether or not it was a sin. He did, however, reiterate His Father's view of marriage. Granted,
Jesus was technically speaking on the subject of divorce, but He, too, stated the specifics. Male and female.

"Haven't you read,” He replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  ~Matthew 19:4-6

Jesus, most certainly, would not have shunned the LGBT community. He would have shown them the love of God. He would have taught all who would listen the ways of the Father. Reaching out to us, sinners, was why He came. But would He be baking a cake (or two) for a wedding between two people of the same sex? Would Jesus condone a marriage between two men or women in any way? Knowing that doing so would be going directly against what His Father had deemed as sacred and that He had confirmed? Would that not have made His mission null and void? No. I do not believe he would have changed the plan regarding God's boundary for marriage.
This is the man who faced every temptation known to us and did not succumb.  He lived the only totally sin free life in the history of mankind. All the while knowing, by the way, that His reward for doing so would be to die a gruesome death to atone for the sin of the world. Giving every drop of His precious blood to fulfill His mission of worthy sacrifice and thereby creating the new covenant between man and God forevermore. So that now all we must do to be reconciled to God is but believe He is indeed the Son of God, acknowledge our sin before God and our need for Jesus, as Savior.

Remember, please, I am not condemning any people group. (On second thought, sadly, I guess I am. It is the group that does not know or come to know Jesus and their need for Him in their lives.) I am speaking to the institution of marriage and it's boundaries.
Our society and even some government officials and religious leaders are trying to make what's wrong in God's eyes right. That is where a Christian is to draw the line, dear ones. Christians are called to abide by the law of the land. Two specific examples can be found in Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17. But there is an exception! When our leaders, government, and/or society are going against what God has put into place, we are to take a stand with an emphatic no! Acts 5:17-42 tells the whole story, but in a nutshell Peter and the other apostles sum it up in vs 29-32

“We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging Him on a cross. God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
We, Christians, are the only Bible many will ever see. If a person, gay or straight, is hungry or thirsty, I will share what I have with them. If a person, gay or straight, needs a coat or shirt, I will share what I have with them. I won't continue the list, but I know how to be a helper. I understand the love thy neighbor as thyself importance of Christianity and try to cast no stones of judgment. That's not my job. I am just a person like everyone else here. But to allow the world to tell me that God's view on the matter of marriage just doesn't fly and I should embrace the love factor and just go with the flow? I will not! I will stand firm as Peter and the apostles did. Gay marriage (and therefore, the celebration thereof) is not okay with God nor His Son. Saying that does not mean I view any of mankind as lesser. It just means my loyalties must lie with God before man. We should not follow the "laws of the land" when they blatantly go against what God has ordained as something sacred between a man and a woman.

I hope you have read this with an open mind and heart. I hope you will think about the possibility that sometimes love has to get tough and say, I can't condone that because God says it should go like this... And, if your heart whispers that these words are true, perhaps you will pass this along to others.

I am curious to know what you think. I am such a novice blogger that I am not even sure if you have to be a member of Google+ to post comments here or not, but there is the facebook page. :)

Until next time...