This whole Duck Dynasty controversy has got me thinking. For the last two days facebook and twitter have blown up, the lines have been drawn and you either stand with Phil Robertson or against him.
It’s got me thinking because I am honestly confused biblically about how to approach the subject of sin! I’ve seen hateful comments about gays and about Christians over the last few days and it leaves me cringing about how unfiltered people are. Do people want to just vent and let others know their view or do they want to make a difference. Christians who tell gays they are going to hell, just want to let others know their view, because they are certainly not making a difference! Yet Christians who say it is ok to act on homosexual feelings because that is who you are, are equally as much “non-difference makers” as the bashers!
This is the deal, I’m a Christ follower, a bible believer, so there is no choice in it, I have to believe homosexuality is a sin. Like it or not, feel their pain or not, want to help the oppressed or not, if you believe in the bible, if you claim to have died to self and been raised with Christ then you have to believe that homosexuality is sinful! I can hear all the gay bashers out there agreeing and saying, “Preach it!” However, if I am a bible believer, a Christ follower, then I have to believe that lying is equally as bad, that adultery is as disgusting in the eyes of God as sodomy! I have to believe that the fact I’d rather stuff my face with unhealthy food than take care of my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit is just as disappointing in God’s eyes.
The days I fail to take up my cross and follow Jesus, the times that sports has become more of a god to me than the One True God all show that I am a sinner saved by His awesome grace and I need that grace every single day of my life.
Why is it that I feel grossed out by seeing a homosexual act on TV, but watching someone cheat on their spouse or take a life in a movie doesn’t phase me? Why is it that we get so mad with the media for championing the homosexual lifestyle but we say nothing when for years they have been saying to young people, “sleep around, drink, take drugs, have pre-martial sex”.? Why? Because we can identify with those sins, we struggle with those sins. I can’t identify with the homosexual because that’s not my weakness.
So this is where I’m confused. I hear many Christians saying that we shouldn’t judge but we should show love. Yes we have not come to judge (although it is biblical to judge Christians and the church!) those who are not Christ followers. One day they will be judged, but by the great Judge, the Lord himself. Yet, when I read the prophets of old, they did speak up against the sins of the nations. Ezekiel spoke against the sins of Egypt, Jeremiah the sins of Babylon, Elijah the sins of King Ahab, Nathan the sins of David, Samuel the sins of Saul, Isaiah the sins of Israel, Paul the sins of Asia Minor and so on and so on.
I feel that instead of calling out one sin over the other that Pastors like myself; that members of the church of Jesus Christ should instead be coming together, on our knees and calling out to God for forgiveness, repenting for our apathy and sins. I don’t feel Jesus’ response to all of this would be to bash the media, nor would it be to be all lovey dovey about it (Did you hear some of the things Jesus said to people? The PC police would have had a field day with Him). Instead Jesus would have got in the face of His followers and said pray! Go tell the world with the power I have given you! Don’t be afraid for I am with you!
I’m stil confused about how to respond to all this, but I think the first move should be to look in at my heart before I speak out about another.