I think it was really intended as an antidote to the "Christian position" that condemns gay marriage.
Debating whether gay marriage is anti-biblical isn't the purpose of this post. But that share prompted me to think about why would Christians single out gay marriage as a particular sin, when the Bible condemns all sin.
And that leads me to the fairly common practice of certain Christians. They pick a scripture, and use it to condemn something or someone. I've heard many of them. "Homosexuality is a sin." Or, "If you aren't water baptized, you are hell-bound." Another: "Musical accompaniment in worship service is a sin." And so on.
It's almost axiomatic that you can use the Bible to support almost any position. It's a big volume. It has lots of books, chapters, paragraphs, and sentences. It was compiled over a couple of thousand years. It's not hard to pick a sentence and use it to support or condemn almost anything. You can use to to show that gay marriage is a sin. Or you can apparently use it to show that God supports gay marriage.
We are all familiar with Christians who don't act in a very Christ-like manner. Unfortunately it is the human condition. And of course, if that person consistently exhibits flawed behavior, we begin to question their faith. For example if they are consistently selfish or prideful, we began to wonder whether or not they truly follow Christ.
At the same time, the Bible teaches us that only God knows the true condition of their heart, and it is not for us to judge them.
Have you ever had someone identify themselves to you as a Christian, but for some purpose other than expressing their faith in Jesus? "I am a good Christian, or "we are a Christian business," are great examples.
I'm not passing judgment.
And there are those extreme Christian groups. The ones that picket the funerals of homosexuals, with signs condemning the deceased. The signs are amazingly insensitve- they use insulting epithets to refer to the dead. I'm sure that the deceased's grieving family appreciates this show of compassion.
Run as fast as you can.
Jesus talked about the slave whose master forgave his debt. That same slave refused to forgive his own debtor. As with all things Jesus, his point was simple and yet a direct bulls-eye hit, straight to the heart. Jesus understood deeply the human condition. But he had God's perspective.
Jesus also taught that we shouldn't judge others.
The essential Christian emotional condition is one of incredible gratitude. Jesus died for us. We are forgiven. For everything. Forever.
If you really believe this, you will be thankful. You will be grateful to God. You will, in gratitude, begin to live the way that He wants you to live (Christians believe that we learn how He wants us to live by reading the Bible, but more importantly, by the influence of His Holy Spirit- that's the subject of another blog post).
And you will forgive. When you truly understand that you are forgiven, you forgive. You can't help it. It is the genesis for all "paying it forward" acts.
The human condition (but more likely the demonic condition) is to soil God's gift. We tend to take everything that is good, and mess it up.
God's Words are one of His most incredible gifts. They teach us how to live. They inspire us. They comfort us. They are immutable. It's really when we take his Words and use them for our own purposes.
So, my advice to you is read the Bible. Read it cover-to-cover. Before you start, ask God to teach you. Then read it for the purpose of learning more about Him. Don't read it for your own purposes. Read it for His.
From the human perspective, we tend to compare ourselves to others. A murderer may see himself as superior to a mass murderer. He only killed one person.
Pretty silly, isn't it. He's still a murderer. And sin is the same thing to God. All sin is offensive to our perfect God. He doesn't "weigh" sin. We are all sinners. So don't pass judgment on anyone. That's God's realm, not ours.
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