In an effort to faithfully serve as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the current socio-political climate that promotes “marriage equality,” I have adopted three principles of ministry.
The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) political movement is no friend to traditional Christianity. There is little doubt that in order to promote their political movement, the LGBT radicals have no compunction in denying to Christians the rights of free exercise of religion and free speech. I have read many of their articles and listened to their arguments. Their narrative is that because Christians view their sexual preference/activity as immoral, Christianity is a religion of hate.
If we are to properly understand the biblical text it must be interpreted through the lens of the Incarnation. So, what would Jesus say about same-sex marriage? What would Jesus say to homosexuals? Several prominent Christians have suggested that Jesus would affirm homosexual marriage. The problem is that there is simply no biblical evidence to support this. If we are to be faithful disciples we have to deal with the inspired Biblical text and the great tradition of the Faith. Jesus Christ is the eternal Word, with God and is God (John 1:1). He is the Word who “became flesh” and reveals the glory of God “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15); the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is the embodied Torah – the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 3:21-22, 31).
Recently, in prayer I again realized that God’s love for me (and you) is far greater than my love can possibly be for God. God loves in perfection. God’s love is a gracious choice towards humanity, not based in need. My love for God is imperfect, based in my weakness and need. Rather than selfless love, my love for God is selfish. I NEED GOD more than I want God. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
A friend recently asked, “How do we fear the same One who loves us unconditionally?” I pondered, “Do I fear God?” I quickly came to the realization that I do indeed fear God; that even after years of devotion and study there remains a mystery, an awesome quality about God that provokes wonder and fear.
In a blog several conservative Christians were taken to task for supporting Hobby Lobby’s ongoing battle against provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that violate religious conscience, specifically issues dealing with contraception and abortion. Many Christians will be forced to violate their personal and institutional consciences by being coerced to participate in the ACA. The blogger suggested that these conservative Christians are misguided in their efforts, misusing Scripture, and that “it is impossible to avoid enabling sin.” He then offers several examples of how Christians inadvertently enable sinfulness. If it is true that it is impossible to avoid enabling sin, then it must be assumed that Christians should not attempt to exercise conscience or resist evil.