Identity. It seems to be a cultural obsession, “where do you find your identity?” Especially when it comes to sexuality… so many people these days are completely preoccupied with it!
Sunday, after missing a turn, we ended up driving through the organization of a pride parade. My heart sank seeing all the people around that were completely invested in the cause of #loveislove. Equality is great… it’s really nice being able to drive as a female or even being able to vote, but then things go to far.
Unfortunately, and fortunately in a way, homosexuality is not a new thing. It was happening in bible times so that means we know a few things about it.
1 Corinthians 6:9 & 10
‘Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.’
Seems pretty clear there. Jesus definitely is not calling us to a comfortable life. God simple cannot abide sin in his presence and so we need to live a life of a higher walk then everyone of this earth. I fail at this so much so I’m preaching at myself. Jesus lowered himself only in the way that he became a man being tempted in every way we are and had the physical appearance of a man, yet he DID NOT SIN. He walked this human life for 40 some years and did not sin. He didn’t lower his moral standards to be relevant to people in his culture.
So homosexuality is a sin. It is a lowering of the godly standards of the Christian life. Here’s the thing though, I do believe people legitimately struggle with this issue. I never have so it’s pretty easy for me to say “it’s a sin get over it!” when I’m not experiencing the inner struggle. Yet I’ve struggled with fear and I know that God says “fear not.” I know how hard it is to change a mindset. So it is a real human struggle that has been over normalized (considering only 3.5% of the population are openingly homosexual).
The LGBTQ community has pushed the agenda of tolerance and equality, and yet leave no room for those who don’t agree with them, the right of free speech is only a right if you are fighting for their cause. As Christians we will be hated, we will be aliens in this world and “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus wasn’t the most popular guy in the sense that everyone loved him. He offend many hearts, the Cross wasn’t comfortable and it never should be! We are called to love and peace but we are also called to stand up for our faith.