Saturday, August 22, 2009

Slipping Standards!

I read last night on Yahoo, the nation's largest Lutheran Church voted 68% in favor to allow practicing homosexuals as pastors. Beforehand, the denomination allowed homosexuals only if they remained celibate. Now I'm not about bashing anyone, but sin is sin. It would be no different if the pastor in question were a practicing adulterer. In other words,these people are not fighting the good fight and turning this over to the Lord. Struggles are valid and everyone, I repeat everyone has struggles with sin in their lives, myself included.

What's really heavy on my heart and after much prayer last night (along with a lot of crying) is that we are creations of the Lord. In Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. This was after He made everything on the eve of the day He rested. Creation was meant to be good and this included human beings. Even after all we put the Lord through, he still chose to bless us with His Law, His prophets, His Word and ultimately, His Son Jesus (who is the Word).

Including all of that, He made a way for us to be His bride, the Church, if we just accept His gift of salvation. Can't we see that He is crazy in love with us? Can we understand why this would make Him angry? The relationship between the Lord and His Church is one represented by a husband and wife (a man and a woman in holy matrimony, called marriage). When man tampers with this institution, either the Church or her representation thereof, we are slapping God in the face. He is long suffering and patient with humanity as a whole. He is just, forgiving, loving, empathetic, innocent, righteous, patient and perfect. Make no mistake that He is also jealous, angry and He has the means to carry out His wrath on an unrepentant humankind. The entire book of Leviticus points out that God is not to be trifled with. It is only by Jesus that we can hope to escape our just and eternal punishment.

I really hope this isn't harsh, but this is for me too and a reminder that the good we have is what Jesus brings. We need to be struggling and fighting the good fight in our Christian lives; not just laying in sin. I've had to clean out a lot of apartments in my day and they were overwhelming. Sin is a lot like that and it's a lot easier to just wait for another day to clean things up. Yes, Jesus died for that purpose, but we are supposed to repent. Considering the alternative, it is the very least we're expected to do. Maranatha!

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