This can be approached from two angles, either arms up ready to throw a punch or arms open to a healthy dialog. Either way come prepared to have a few feathers ruffled.
I recently felt the wind knocked out of me from not just one, or two or even three but four people I have respect for in my life who have taken bold steps to walk in and live in a lifestyle of sin. Now let me just remove the word sin and replace it with the actual word, homosexuality. These are people I have invited into my life as spiritual influence or people I saw making huge impacts in their sphere of influence in communities I feel close to.
I felt wounded some how, let down even, but this wasn’t a personal attack on my faith or me. I could easily choose a different path from them but somehow I felt so unsettled. The more I looked at it, the more I saw a good plan. That father of Lies is no fool and he was up to something. I mean all he has to do is take these powerful people who love Jesus and proclaim Him from the rooftops and trick them into believing that sin in His presence is acceptable and get all the people under them and around them to believe the same thing.
I couldn’t help but try to compare this lifestyle to others, since I know having sex with the same gender isn’t the only sexual sin committed by man. Is adultery acceptable? No, I know it isn’t. I remember men being brought in front of church who had to confess their sins and be removed from fellowship. (I’m not even agreeing with this method, but I know it happens and I see why churches do it.) Is pornography acceptable in the church now too? Surely it is not. Though a subtle sin, that eats at a person’s soul is disastrous it is not blatantly declared as tolerable or an alternative to natural relationship with your spouse.
I really couldn’t compare it to any other sexual sin because no other sexual sin has been as widely accepted in the church as homosexuality has.
Did you read that correctly? IN THE CHURCH!!!
Jesus found people on the streets in pieces and as messes; He loved them and accepted them in all their imperfections and struggles, but not once did I read about Him saying, “Now go and continue in your sin!” No, He called them out of their sin and into greatness. He restored them, redeemed them, forgave them but did not commission them to go live in their mess. He made them new. A new creation.
So why is that I look around and see a bunch of Jesus followers making excuses for this lifestyle and widely embracing it. Am I missing something?
I have pondered and prayed over this for weeks now and today something finally made a bit of sense.
So here it is… homosexuality is a lot like idolatry.
I was recently reading the story of Gideon and sharing on it. There were several things in the story that stood out to me like never before. First that he was a man of incredible doubt, he guessed God’s intentions and plan at least 4 times. But his fear was silenced over and over with miracles. Second, that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him, that Gideon walked in enormous favor. Thirdly, here is a man who is loved, respected and known by the people. The people wanted to follow him as their leader but he did not want the responsibility of leading Israel.
So instead of leading he turned around and built a large golden idol to worship. Is this the man that at the beginning of the story tears down idols and their alters in obedience to God? WHAT? This man has seen God’s favor and seen miracles and yet he chooses to make an idol, a thing he knows he is not suppose to do. The scriptures say this idol was a stumbling block for Gideon’s family.
But here is the real kicker, Gideon worshiped an idol and chose not to lead but the favor of peace experienced by Israel lasted through out Gideon’s life. Which reminds us favor upon man is not dependent on the man but on Father God who placed it there.
Gideon was a man who saw and knew God’s strength and favor. The battles fought and won were done so with 300 men that didn’t drop at all during the course of several days in battle. The chaos in the camps only God could have created and given the victory to Israel over their large enemies, and yet he choose to settle in and perhaps compromised his influence and position.
Is God still good? Yes! Does God get the glory for those Victories? Sure does! Did God give Gideon the choice to follow him? He did.
Gideon wasn’t the only man who choose something over his calling but still experienced favor from God. Samson also compromised his influence and position by choosing his sex drive over leading the Israelites. But was Samson still powerful? Yes! Did he still have victories? Yes! Did he eventually get it right? Yes!
I am reminded that powerful people in powerful positions struggled and on large, public stages. Did they still have His love? Yes! Did they still have His favor? Yes! Did people still struggle in their absence or misleading guidance? Yes!
So this is where I am at… this is what I am asking myself and now you…
Are we not responsible for our influence?
Are we not responsible for our choices to walk in our calling?
Are we called, saved and then granted a golden ticket?
Did the straight and narrow mean we could fall off of it?
Can we really live a lie in the presence of a Holy God?
Is silence a representation of love or fear?
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” Rick Warren