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Monday, May 14, 2012

Has God Evolved?

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There is a moral debate swirling and twirling, near hovering, over us that suddenly took a wild turn when the President “concluded” that his thoughts on gay marriage had “evolved.”

But what does God have to say about all of this? Has God evolved from His own Word to now fit our desires and pleasures?

REMINDER FROM GOD: The commandments that I gave to you are to be on your hearts forever. I have given you the task of telling everyone what I am doing. You are my representatives.

I never change! I am the same yesterday and today and forever. There should be a consistency that runs through all of you, and yet you still have not obeyed Me in everything I tell you. The only accurate way to understand yourselves is by what I Am and by what I do for you, not by what you are and what you do for me.

If anyone is in Me, he is a new creature; the old things pass away; new things will come. So do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what My will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For I am the LORD, I do not change. Whatever is good and perfect comes to you from Me. I never change or cast shifting shadows. My plans stand firm forever; My intentions can never be shaken.

I, not you [or this world], made marriage. My Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what do I want from marriage? Children of God, that’s what!

Honor marriage! Guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between husband and wife. I draw a FIRM line against casual and illicit sex. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

{Deuteronomy 6:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 13:8; Romans 12: 3; Jeremiah 42:21; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:3; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Psalm 33:11; Malachi 2:15; Hebrews 13:4; Isaiah 5:20}

NOTE TO SELF: For a long time I never vocalized much on the topic of gay marriage because it never affected me. And now I’m fearful to speak my mind openly and honestly for two reasons: 1. I have a dear friend who is gay and I would never want to hurt or offend her, because NOTHING I believe about the topic changes how I feel for her. 2. I don’t want to be seen as a bigot or gay basher, which will happen no matter how I express my feelings on the subject.

This speaks volumes about what’s really going on with most Christians regarding this subject: We want and need to stand firm on God’s Word, but we also love and care for the world around us. Others refuse to see it that way. They instead insist that we “hide behind religion” to justify our hate. But the Truth we speak never stems from anything but love.

We cannot change God’s mind on this no matter how hard we try, or how hard we want to. God created man and woman, and through that creation he designed marriage. God has not evolved to fit our needs and fleshly desires; not for the gay community, nor for the heterosexual community. (Please note that!)

We are WRONG to shun anyone from the church who is gay. Absolutely wrong! But we are even more wrong if we don’t speak the truth in love…not just to gays, but to anyone in the church who is living in sin.

  • Would you attend a church where the pastor was openly flaunting a sexual affair with someone other than his wife?
  • Would you attend a church service that served alcohol, and/or allowed drug users to openly do their drugs?
  • Do you believe it was okay for polygamy? Again, your sin, their sin? What’s the difference?
  • Would you attend a church that promoted teenagers to have sex with multiple partners?
  • Would you attend a church that told you abortion was justifiable at any term, even after birth?
  • Would you attend a church that swapped wives around?

If we begin to say that one sin is okay, then the lines get blurred. We can then expect the congregation to begin crossing boundaries and claiming, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

If I can justify homosexuality as honorable, despite God’s Word, then everything I live for and everything I do morally right is now wrong and worthless! I might as well just go back to my old ways and convince myself it doesn’t matter in the greater scheme of things. Then what would the church become?

Since I’m not gay, I’m not an authority on being gay and being a Christian. Matt Moore, a gay Christian, has a LOT to say on the topic that could be helpful in determining where we should stand, not only on the topic of homosexuality, but also dealing with our own sin. And I also believe if you are gay and reading this, he can provide answers I cannot. I pray you will seek him out and hear what he has to say with an open mind and heart.

MY PRAYER: Lord God, help us to love from the center of who we are. Let us be friends to those who differ from us and love them deeply. For those who will misjudge us on this topic, I pray that our skin will be tough and our resolve tougher. That we may stand strong on Your Word alone and not be drawn to believe You have evolved to fit our fleshly desires.

Jesus, You loved the sinners—even died for them/us—but You were never tolerant of our sin, otherwise your death would mean nothing to any of us. You tolerate us—who we are, and who we are willing to become through Your saving grace and mercy. Help us to see the beauty in everyone around us, even when they hate us for what we believe and stand firm upon. Keep us from acting out in anger when we get pushed against the wall on subjects that we disagree about. Prevent the enemy from dividing us from the ones we love who don’t understand our faith and may be offended by it. Help them to see our love for them never changes…just the way Your love never changes for us.

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