Saturday, August 11, 2012

God, Do What We Say - or We'll Cry

A friend sent me a blog about a gay person in emotional despair for everyone accepting Chik-Fil-A instead of boycotting them as they wished.

They saw our love for a Christian corporation that supports the Biblical definition of marriage as a form of hatred.

They were right.

Christ - the living Word who agreed with His Father - said our love for Him and His Word would look like hatred to the world. To our families too.

You see, when a true Christian commits to Christ, he or she puts Christ as the Supreme Being over their views and emotions. If they are not aligned with Him, then they are wrong. Period.

But the World does not LIKE being ignored. We all have this urge to manipulate God and He just doesn't play our games.

Listen to what Jesus, God incarnate, said in response when John the Baptist was upset He wasn't going to rescue him from prison. He begins ASKING if Jesus IS the messiah. Well, Jesus answers in the affirmative,  and even praises John as an awesome prophet, but then He takes a moment to comment on our human proclivity to try to wrap Him around OUR little finger instead of accepting our place in His plans.

Matthew 11:16


16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  
19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!

Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.

21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
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But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.  

23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  

24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.

See, we think we are wise but we act like children. We are moved by the sound of music, but we do not have discernment to say "wait a minute... is this appealing to reason or my basic emotional needs?"

You see, we don't want to ACT rightly. We want to FEEL GOOD. And if we can appeal to emotions, and the concept of abuse, we can win a human heart to our POV.

But what if you do not, as the Al-Anon literature so aptly puts it, 'buy into' their point of view? What if you say "Uhhhh... no. That is not accurate. Nor correct. The actions do not match the facts."

Well, that upsets those who put their heart as first priority and leave reason as a second.

And our supernatural Lord does like reason, folks. He is often wondering why you are running away from Him, are fearful and have so little faith. Seems crazy to Him.

But if you want to make Jesus Christ shake His immortal head in disbelief, just try to emo-manipulate Him. Jump on His followers for accepting sexual purity as a standard.

Cry when a Christian businessman stands up to you.

Whine when the State will not redefine a sacred institution that is literally thousands of years old for you.

Act surprised when He says "It will be more bearable for Sodom than for you, on the day of judgment."

Sodom was a wicked city and had infected Gomorrah. It was so bad they wanted to rape the messengers of God  - to 'sodomize' them. They even said to Lot who tried to stop them by offering his daughters:
“Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
It is the most famous city of perversion. They did not repent. They did not like Lot saying 'No' to them, even as he offered an awful alternative. They went to break down his door.

They went to violate his rights, the sanctity of his home and his godly visitors.

You know what happened to Sodom? God destroyed it utterly. Jesus affirms its occurrence and eternal significance.

I think that is fair, historic, comprehensive warning, don't you?

Amen.

peace
justice

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