So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what’s going on in the Supreme court the past few days, and I realize this is a very “hot topic”. I may lose some followers from what I’m about to say (though I hope not, and I hope you can see that this is coming from a heart of love and not hate or bigotry), but I am more focused on speaking the truth and what’s in my heart than just gaining/keeping followers. I also want to preface this by saying that I have a few gay friends – so I do not hate gays or anything like that.
I came across these two quotes the other day on Facebook, and they say it way better and to-the-point than what I’ve typed and backspaced for the past 5 minutes, so I will just let them speak for themselves.
“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 nonesense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” – Rick Warren (I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but I do think this is spot on).
I hate that so many so-called Christians give fundamental Christians a bad rap, because so many truly do not have the “convictions with compassion” part of that. NOONE should be bullied, abused, or threatened for their beliefs – and I am deeply deeply saddened that a few Christians get this so wrong. That is NOT something Christ would do, I assure you! I am 100% against any Christian who would say anything hateful about gays. However, being loving and compassionate also does not mean I have to support it! As a Christian, my beliefs run stronger than my feelings. Here’s another quote I wanted to share as well.
“Is homosexuality wrong from a Biblical world view? I believe the answer is “Yes”. “But what if they love each other?” Still wrong, just as two people who commit adultery are wrong, even if they truly love each other. Or a pair of fornicators are wrong doing the “wild thing” in the back of the car while howling at the moon – again,… even if they are intensely professing their love for each other as they howl. NOTE: Human love does not transcend God’s righteousness – ever. Should we “impose” our values on others who do not agree? Of course not, but I don’t believe that is what is happening here with gay marriage. This issue is brought up time and again for a vote from the people. People vote their values – its just that simple. When a person votes for a democrat, they are not “imposing” their values on anyone. They are simply reflecting their values. I don’t know of any Christian people who have imprisoned gays, beaten gays, or hated gays in any way. And if gays are granted the right to marry tomorrow it will not affect my faith in any way, shape or form. Nor will I be depressed and think the end of the world has come. But if they ask me tomorrow to vote on the matter, I would vote “no” because that would reflect my values. If they asked me to vote on adultery or formication, I would also vote in the negative. If the Supremes say that voting our view on this matter is somehow unconstitutional – so be it. But if they don’t, don’t claim that people hate gays – people just vote their values. (By the way, this is not just a conservative Christian viewpoint. Most religious Muslims and Jews in the world would vote the same way. One of the few things we actually all agree on…) I did not vote for Barak. It doesn’t mean I hate him or that I tried to “impose” Romney on anybody. Voting has always been about people reflecting their values in a democracy.” – Mark Gungor
So is love enough? Is our feelings enough of a guiding force in our lives? Should we “look within” and discover who we truly are? I don’t know about you, but if I “look within” and see who my “true self” is, it’s pretty ugly…full of self, envy, greed, anger, sin. God’s word says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
But you know what? There is one love that is all you need – the Love that poured down his blood on Calvary….that humbly staggered to the tree to die an agonizing death because of his LOVE for us. He loved you that much. He loved me that much. The Bible says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Live. No man cometh unto the Father, but through me”. If there are no absolutes, no right way, and as long as you just believe in “a higher power” or in whatever particular god you desire, then I can see how nothing in life really matters…what religion you choose, what lifestyle you choose, none of it would really matter, and therefore, just go by feelings and live by your heart. But what if it’s true? What if He died for you? I know it may appear to be non-loving to some to actually have a standard. It may appear narrow minded to have a filter through which everything is viewed. It may appear weak to rely on someone besides myself for ultimate decisions and direction in life. It may appear old-fashioned to try to follow a book written over 2000 years ago. But I can’t get over just how dispicable I am, and how deep the Father’s love for us is that He would send His Son to be killed a cruel death (that doesn’t appear very loving, does it?) SO THAT we might know what Love is….that we might see how stained and worthless we are, but that by taking our sins upon Himself on that cross, we can be washed white as snow. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotted Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
So my final thoughts, here, to those who call themselves Christians – are you/we showing the love of God to others? (and by love, I don’t mean the “everything goes”, “be tolerant” view that permeates our culture). If you care about people, you won’t stiffle your convictions. On the other hand, are you showing compassion and love to those of different beliefs/lifestyles? It can be done. You can be friends and even love them. They are not “weird” or people to condemn! There should be no place for hating the person. I may hate the lifestyle, just as I hate abortion or anything else that goes against the Bible, but I don’t hate the person. So how are you doing? I think this is an area we all need to work on, myself included.
*Whew, you made it to the end. Please don’t throw tomatoes…or if you must, at least let them be heirloom organic ones and maybe include an onion, mango, and cilatro if you must – might as well make salsa ;)