I sometimes wish that the reality was that we could just warmly get along with one another accompanied by no standards and no judgments, and an acceptance of the drastic differences among us. I wish I, like many who claim themselves to be Christians (but are in fact clinging to and promoting heresy), could embrace simply as a varying point-of-view the issue of homosexuality...but I can't. It is not me who decides anything...nor is it any other human being on the planet. There IS a God and He is sovereign... I am neither of these things. I must cling to Him, His Word, and His ways. I can not reinterpret what He has clearly stated. I can not accept that which is unproved by science...that homosexuality is simply a difference like ethnicities and gender...it is not.
"Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love... It is about showing in real life the glory of the gospel." ~John Piper
To promote marriage in homosexual relationships is wrong. Marriage is God-ordained. Homosexuality is God-condemned. The institution of God-created marriage and family can not be hijacked by the ungodly and the wicked.
I love all of my gay friends. I wish them to be full of joy and hope and peace. And I want nothing withheld from them, but... I love God more and I trust Him wholly. And He is clear.
I wish that I could affirm them but I can't; and my silence on and avoidance of the issue of homosexuality is not serving them at all. I want to speak the truth and guide them, but I don't want to hurt their feelings or shame them. And so I end up saying nothing. But to say nothing is to cause them more harm eternally.
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."
I want to be a faithful friend.
I am not communicating this well. Why? Because this is one of the things in the Bible that I'm not sure I totally like. Yet, my disliking it doesn't matter. God is God. I am not. He is right. I am not.
After my first cruise ship contract, I questioned so much about God and His ways. I didn't like that the way to salvation is narrow. I didn't like that we had no choice as to our existence, yet we were still responsible to choose the right way or perish in everlasting torture. I didn't like that I couldn't live my life the way I wanted and follow what seemed right to me. I didn't like any of these things. And I wrestled with it over and over in my mind, in conversations with Christians and non-Christians, yet the truth rang in my heart. God's Word IS truth...even if I don't like it. HE is the boss. He is in control. He is God; I am not. Nor should I pretend to be. Nor should I twist His flawless Word to appease my own desires. He is God. The rules are the rules and the consequences are the consequences...no matter what I think. He will not change to appease me...nor should He. His ways are far above my own. His thoughts are far above mine. I can only grasp a comparatively microscopic grain of His infinite wisdom. And so HE rules. And it will ever be so. Glory to the perfect Creator of heaven and earth God!
So, if He says something must be the way it must be, then I must accept it. I don't have a choice. I can refuse to believe it...for now, but the reality remains...even if I deny it. One day EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue will confess that He is Lord.
In this vapor life that is here for a moment and then gone, let's choose Him. Because eternity is so very long...especially in torment. And is eternal torment really worth a vapor's length of time living the way we want? (Jas. 4:14)
To my beloved, confused, deceived friends: Oh how I love you. I wish you would choose life abundant. I wish you would turn from these temptations that I know desperately overwhelm you. I, too, have sins that I struggle against. Things that overwhelm me at times and I think I can't possibly continue to live my life this way. But He knows the way I take, and when it is over, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10) So, can you, precious one. Don't choose the easy way. Don't choose the wide path. These lead to destruction. Please choose righteousness. Choose to turn from your wicked ways. Choose Him. And let Him help you through your temptations and struggles. Cry out to Him. He is a refuge, a very present help in time of trouble. And our fleeting life will pass and we will ultimately have the victory!
Oh let Him deliver you.