Sunday, June 28, 2015

Discussion & Explanation

Throughout most of my lifetime, people could discuss things like issues, beliefs and religion.  They could share points of view.  Sometimes these discussions would be lively and occasionally they would get heated.  But there was no hate involved.  No one disliked the other person afterward or stopped speaking to them.  They simply moved on to other topics or even agreed to disagree.  These past ten years, I've seen that changing, and it is a shame.  All that does is cause division and breed hatred and contempt. 



I also have never hated or ridiculed any person for choosing to live a gay lifestyle.  They have that right given to them by God, just as I do.  It's called free will.  Our 
Creator  could have chosen to have made us automatons that did and said and thought just as Him, but He didn't.  I have no right to, nor will to contradict Him.  In fact, I have called and still call several  gays friends.  I'd be there for them if they needed me, like I would for any friend.  They respect my beliefs and haven't flaunted their gay lifestyle in my face at my home.  If they had, I'd have asked them to leave, just as I would anyone who chose to do something at my home that offended my beliefs.  They have not done so when they've invited me into their home.   If they had, I'd have left, just like I would anywhere I felt my beliefs were offended.

My post yesterday, The Rainbow Abomination, was directed toward a government that has forgotten how our founding fathers framed that said government and what responsibilities and rights belong to what branch.  That things are being forced upon us by the courts instead of being voted into law by the people or their representatives.  It was also directed at the many individuals who are now expounding that "the Bible doesn't say that" or that the Old Testament doesn't apply or that we can pick and choose parts of the Bible to believe.   Directed to those that  blaspheme God by suggesting Jesus was gay or as I read several places, that a rainbow in the sky showed God's approval on gay marriage.  

Two persons have chosen to no longer follow me because of that post. 

02: Offensive, strongly disagree or disapprove 

That is their right and I hold no ill will toward them and have no plans to reciprocate with an unfollow.   It does really make me wonder, were they objecting to the very few words that were mine, or to the The Word of God which was the bulk of that entry?  I don't know and may never know.  I will say it is called "Life & Faith" for a reason.  There will sometimes be entries from my Christian perspective.  If that offends you, I suggest you skip that entry.

I submit to you, for your consideration and reflection the following verses from the Bible, and I pray none finds them offensive.  If you do, I suggest that it is the prick of the Holy Spirit striving to convince you of your sinful attitude in order that He may lead you to confession and forgiveness.

You can read whole chapters, look up your own translation, etc. at Biblegateway.com.






Isaiah 5:20King James Version (KJV)

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 59:14-15Living Bible (TLB)

14 Our courts oppose the righteous man; fairness is unknown. Truth falls dead in the streets, and justice is outlawed.
15 Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who tries a better life is soon attacked. The Lord saw all the evil and was displeased to find no steps taken against sin.

Jeremiah 6:10Living Bible (TLB)

10 But who will listen when I warn them? Their ears are closed, and they refuse to hear. The word of God has angered them; they don’t want it at all.

Jeremiah 10:10Living Bible (TLB)

10 But the Lord is the only true God, the living God, the everlasting King. The whole earth shall tremble at his anger; the world shall hide before his displeasure.

Jeremiah 12:17Living Bible (TLB)

17 But any nation refusing to obey me will be expelled again and finished, says the Lord.

2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

12 comments:

  1. You bring up another good point. That the courts are deciding our law, not us, the people. The judicial system is to uphold the law, not make the law.

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    1. Thank you Alex. It's one I made in yesterday's post as well, just with other words:
      "Now, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of homosexual marriage. Once again trying to enact law without legislation. Violating the constitution of our nation and supplanting states rights and stripping the legislative branch of their endowment."

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  2. Well said again Barbara. There is so much that could be said for the constitutionality of all of this, and for so much hypocrisy, but I'll save that for another time.
    It's interesting you had two people unfollow you for your other post. I've been seeing and hearing from others on social media of Christians getting angry at other Christians for disagreeing with the SCOTUS decision, bringing up the typical, do not judge, and what right do we have...
    Yet, we're not judging the people. We're judging our government. They made more bad decisions these past few days than just redefining GOD'S definition of HOLY Matrimony.

    But, like so many who unfriended or unfollowed for views on Obama, calling those of us racist because we can't stand to see him destroying our country, we're now homophobe bigots for not being able to stand seeing the Supreme Court doing the same.
    Color, gender, identity.... has NOTHING to do with it.
    I remember being able to argue or discuss things too without people calling each other haters or stomping off offended. I guess once we removed our foundation, the rest is crumbling upon itself. A house divided can not stand. We're seeing that in real time and it saddens me.

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    1. I think what hurts and upsets me more than anything is to have God's own Word viewed as hate speech in America in my lifetime. Satan has people so blinded to the Truth. If anyone would bother to read the whole Bible they'd be able to see it for the love letter that it is.

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  3. I saw the "Be Kind to One Another" thumbnail on Facebook, and thought it was nice. It certainly applies to this situation.

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  4. I should have read this last week...

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    1. ? Not sure to what you are referring, but I hope it helped in some small way.

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  5. I agree that the ways people handle different viewpoints have changed a lot, and it seems that many people, especially from my generation (born in 1980s) and below are so intolerable and childish toward what others have to say. I wish we could still live in the time where people are more forgiving and agree to disagree when they have opposing viewpoints.

    I like how you shared 2 Chronicles 7:14, that has been my church's theme verse the past few years. It is sad that so many people, including professing Christians are blinded to the truth. This country and its leadership definitely need our prayers!

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    1. I think for a long time too many parents have given their children everything except what really matters, grounding in God's word and a faith to hold on to. Too few churches offer real, deep Bible study any more because too few members turn out for it.

      I appreciated you coming by and leaving your comment, Elizabeth. Our little church has a revival kicking off this Sunday...right after the 4th of July. It seems very fitting to me, though it was scheduled a year ago! (God knows =) . My prayer is that true revival can start in our little church and spread across this nation, much like the great awakening did.

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  6. I can't find it now, but I saw posted on Facebook the other day a list of questions a pastor was asking those who profess to be Christians and support marriage between the same sex. He wasn't trying to antagonize them but mainly to get them thinking about their beliefs. One question that struck in my mind that he asked was "was scriptures can you cite that support marriage between the same sex." Honestly, read the Bible several times through and none came to my mind but I can list a lot of scriptures that don't support that lifestyle. I am sorry you lost followers but they weren't "true" friends. They would have agreed to disagree, I think.

    betty

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    1. It's a logical flow that if God sees the homosexual lifestyle as sinful like adultery, sex with a prostitute, etc. that gay marriage is out of the question because that would put someone in a continual state of sin. God said very little about what marriage wasn't, but He had a lot to say about what marriage is. Starting with Adam and Eve. And the role of the husband, the role of the wife all through the Bible. Just like people don't study counterfeit bills, but instead study the real bills to be able to spot a counterfeit.

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