DRAFT – This is not a finished document – more of a word puke looking at a major tough topic in our world today

A real look at tough stuff

I will attempt to look at these issues from several different perspectives.  I will at least look at them from a Biblical, Constitutional and Societal outlook.

First: Homosexuality

This is a HUGE issue in our country today.  It is a “high energy” issue that brings out much emotion and anger in many people.

Biblical

Homosexuality is a sin.

Homosexuality goes against God’s plan to populate the earth that began all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  God told Adam and Eve to Multiply.

Homosexuality goes against both Old and New Testament teachings.  (Romans 1:26 – 27, Genesis 2:18 – 25, …)

To say that “Jesus never spoke about Homosexuality” is wrong – He IS The Word of God.   (John 1:14)

Homosexuality is NOT the only sin in our World; Homosexuality is only one of many, many sins.

The reality is that Homosexuality did not make the cut for the 10 Commandments, even though it is sure to have existed when Moses went up the mountain.   Adultery made this list.  Lying made the cut, as did murder, idolatry and greed.   (Exodus 20)

But, sin is sin.  Humanity may have various levels of sin but God does not see our sins on a “sliding scale” of justice.  Sin is sin.

Why do the “Religious” seek to attack the homosexual community with such zeal?  I have thought and pondered long about this.  These churches do not address or attack greed, gossip or gluttony with the same energy and they are also sins.

Perhaps it is because they are hiding something they hope to keep hidden by these attacks?

The reality is that every church member, deacon, elder, Rabbi, Priest and Pastor is a sinner.  We have ALL fallen short of the glory of God; we have all MISSED the target God set for us.

We do not like to point out our failings, so we point out the failings of others so we can feel all warm and fuzzy by our “righteous indignation” while our lead Deacon is an alcoholic, the WMU leader is a violent gossip and our Leader treats his family worse than dogs.

There is a reason God told us to be concerned about the log in our own eye before we start pointing at the splinter in someone else’s eye.

Some Pastors find it “safer” to harp on and on about sins their congregation find ok to hear condemned. instead of addressing the sins they, or their congregation,  have found “palatable” and wish to continue living.

Many pastors know that their continued employment depends on keeping the “ruling class” of their church happy.  In doing this they forget their True Ruler; but’ family finances do have an impact on the decisions made by the Pastor.  This works both ways.  The pastor knows what issues to tread lightly on, which ones to push aside completely and which ones are “safe” to pound on hard.

Those who use the Word of God to attack are using God’s Word wrongly.  Sharing the Message of God with Love is both approved by God and expected of His people.  We do not have permission to pick and choose what we preach from God’s Word.  (Revelation 22:18 – 21, Hebrews 4:11 – 13, Colossians 1:24 – 29, 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17))

We are commanded to love.  (Matthew 22:34 – 40)

We are commanded to follow the Word of God.  Jesus Himself saved His attacks for the religious elite and temple terrorists.  They were rebuked, driven out of the temple and called a brood of vipers.

To the sinners He is Salvation and hope.  To the woman caught in adultery He was forgiveness, kindness and direction.  To the woman at the well He was restoration and hope.  To the tax collector he was forgiveness and salvation.

Yes, homosexuality is sin, one of many.

God can forgive and restore the homosexual, the adulterer and the violent; if we will repent and receive His gift of salvation.

The question then arises:  “Can a homosexual be a Christian?”

Salvation is not dependent on our cleansing ourselves before we come to God.  Salvation is received by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone.

No sinner can cleanse themselves.  Our part is to understand our need for God and it is His Spirit that brings this awakening.  (Matthew 5:3)

God is not fooled, He knows our sins.  He also knows, and has told us He knows, that we are all sinners and salvation may wash away our sins but we continue to live in bodies of flesh and a fallen world.

There is a process in Christian’s life called “Sanctification.”  This is a process in which the Christian is “being made holy.”   Through this process God makes us aware of our sins and guides us through repentance and restoration.  Our parts submission to God’s authority as our Lord and we move closer and closer to Him.

The reality is also that this is a lifelong process that is never complete on this earthly realm.  For so long as we carry flesh we carry sin.  We will continue to disappoint God as long as we breathe earth’s air; we just strive to disappoint Him less and less each day.

We will remain sinners until we die and are translated into a completely new creation, shed of the flesh and its earthly disease of sin.  No sin (darkness) will enter heaven. None.  Jesus is the only way to the Father and His house.  These are not my words or rules; these are God’s rules – His plan as outlines in His Word.

Another simple reality is that a homosexual is no threat to my faith or my heterosexuality.

I have to answer to God for what I do and say; for who I am as one of His kids.  I do not have to answer for others, only that I was faithful in sharing the Gospel and loving others.  I must treat others the way I want to be treated; even if they do not agree with either me, my church or my Lord.

Constitutional

The issue of gay marriage and whether or not it is constitutional is the current battlefield of this long debate.

Constitutionally speaking, this is NOT a Federal Issue; it is a State issue.

The Constitution starts out with a great statement:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. 

Yes, it is for the People of the United States.  It has a purpose of establishing Justice, insuring domestic (homeland) tranquility, provide for our defense, promote our general welfare and to secure the blessings of Liberty.

Justice, peace, protection and freedom.

The constitution, unlike the Bible, says nothing about homosexuality or marriage.

The 12th amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

Again, I am pretty sure that there were homosexuals in the colonies and our founders were aware of their existence.  Maybe they thought that gay marriage was too bizarre a concept for a Bible believing people to ever consider or allow.  Or maybe they had bigger issues to address.  Whatever they were thinking, they did not include homosexuality or marriage in the Constitution.

The Constitution itself states that the issue of Homosexual marriage is a state issue or it should be put to a vote of the people.  Neither the legislative, judicial or executive branch of our federal government has a constitution right to regulate marriage of any kind.

If California legalizes Gay marriage then they should be able to do so for their state. I guess a state could vote to deny all forms of marriage if it chose to and could pass that law.  If Texas chooses to not allow or recognize Gay Marriage then they should be able to do so for their state.

The only way to “nationalize marriage” is to hold a national vote on the issue.  The problem with that, and the State’s responsibility is that future elections could change the will of the state or nation. Elections can swing either way and state politicians are elected for terms and may not be re-elected.  That is the reality of the process.

The proper thing may be to remove government from marriage altogether.  The act of marriage and the required service is not in the constitution.

State/local government could be involved in civil unions or contractual relationships for tax and/or legal issues of concern to the state.

Clergy could be involved in preforming marriages in keeping with their faith and belief system, separate from the legal filing of the state.

The very root of our country is freedom.   The Preamble to our Declaration of Independence states:   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Our Founders believed that we are a nation of equals with God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We are not guaranteed happiness; but we are all free to pursue happiness.

What we do have constitutionally is the freedom of speech.  We have the right to state our beliefs as do those who disagree with our beliefs.

What we do have constitutionally is our freedom of religion.  We can believe as God (or who/what ever) leads us and as long as we do no harm we are protected.

First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

This is NOT a freedom FROM religion, it is the freedom OF religion.  It is not the separation of church and state beyond the requirement of the government to not limit our religious freedom.  There shall be no state sponsored religion, our Founders left Britain for freedom of religion.

The Constitution is a good thing for our country, if we abide in it as written.  Many of our problems arise when we try to make it same and do things for which it was never designed.

Societal

We live in a nation of different.  California is different than Texas which is different that West Virginia.  We are a mixing pot of races, colors, attitudes, faiths and beliefs.  We have different values, attitudes and temperaments.

We will rarely agree on anything, much less everything.

This is a good thing.

It is absolutely wrong to expect 320 plus million people to have the same belief and understanding of any issue; much less one as polarizing as gay marriage.

No one citizen or group of citizens should be allowed to bully, attack or marginalize another person or group simply because they have varying ideals..

There are homosexuals in our country.

Society will not collapse because there are gay people, even married gay people.  Homosexuality has been around much longer than our Country and may even exist after our country is gone.

You attitude or anger about their existence does not diminish their existence.  Just because you do not like or believe in something does not mean it does not exist.

If you chose to be homosexual, then be a homosexual.  This does not require parades, political action groups or protests.  You just be you.

Be a people.  Be an American.  Respect and tolerate variation and differences. For society to function a measure of tolerance is required.

You may have a belief that they are wrong and are hell bound on the express train, but still, they are here and in your community.

Tolerance does not mean approval, it means that you are able to deal with it even if you do not agree with the behavior.

I think one of the biggest causes of the sexual and racial divides in our country are those who seek to sensationalize on and profit from the fighting.   We have become too concerned with the hyphens and not with the individual.

There should not be the division of the hyphen.  No African-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American, European-American, Indian-American, Gay-American, Christian-American, Muslim-American, Jewish-American, Straight-American, and on and on.

Hyphens should not be necessary.   Discard the division.

I think we would live in a more peaceful country if we learned to actually tolerate our differences to the point that we never had to point out our differences.

Neither should the homosexual allow the thoughts or speech of another person or group of people anger them.  People will not agree with your lifestyle choices, know that and deal with it like an adult.  (NOTE:  this applies to all our choices, we as a country need to grow up and understand this reality.  Evidently many people are upset that I am a Christian and choose to attempt to live a Christian lifestyle.  I am not sure why they bear such angry energy because of my faith, but that is their choice and I am a big guy with a bigger God so I’m good)

Summary

  • Homosexuality is a sin, but it is not the only sin and is not an unforgivable sin.
  • Those who attack homosexuality, especially with violence, are violating God Word.
  • States should be allowed to fulfill their constitutional right to decide this issue for their state.
  • Christians have a constitutional right b to their faith and to speak of their faith publically.
  • Tolerance means I am not Gay, I believe the Bible stands against gay marriage and as a pastor I will not perform any wedding that is not the unity of a man and a women; but, if you have made the choice to live a homosexual lifestyle I will not attack, bully or harm you. I will love you.  I can tolerate, deal with, your lifestyle and recognize your right to choose your path and exist as an American Equal.
  • My belief should be presented but not forced; and the same applies to your beliefs.
  • These principle apply to many, many things beyond the hetro/homo – sexuality issue.

Please note that the thoughts expressed here are mine.  They may not reflect the thoughts or beliefs my church, our denomination or you. I am not an attorney and do not desire to debate the constitution or how others have interpreted the laws and constitution of our land.  You may not agree or like what I have wrote; ok, you are allowed to disagree.  Maybe if we all took the time to work through these issues with great thought, great faith and an openness to listen our world could be a better place.

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