Friday, December 2, 2011

Why Must I Be Silent?

Recently, on FB, people have posted a video concerning a young man who is fighting for the rights of homosexuals b/c he was raised by two mothers. He states that his family is no different from mine. (I beg to differ!) Many people are using phrases like: "Why oppose this?" or "Why not just accept this?" And my answer was this: "I oppose it, b/c God opposes it." Why should I sit back and be silent on this subject, while they are free to express their beliefs & opinions? Why are Christians being silent and sitting still? Why aren't we crying out against sin, as the Bible tells us to? Why are we willing to be silent? And why are some willing to just accept things as they are b/c they're (we're) told to? What do we profit when we ignore the Word of God & become so accepting of what the World views as okay? God did not intend for family to formed of two mothers or two fathers. God intended that families be formed of one male & one female. It is natural from men & women to attract. It is what God intended when He created us. However, same-sex attraction is sin. It is an abomination the eyes of God, and therefore should be viewed the same way if indeed we call ourselves Christian. The Bible refers to homosexuality as sodomy. When I spoke up on my beliefs, I was being neither hateful or judgmental (in the negative sense). I only stated what I feel to be true based upon the Holy Word of God. I also stated that I wasn't trying to pick a fight or be argumentative, only that I was tired of people being able to express their opinions, while I am just to sit and remain silent on my beliefs. That really bothers me too. As long as Christians stay silent, the World will get along with us. But when we speak out on sin, we are no longer "loving" and only judgmental. I also stated that it was not the person that I oppose or that God opposes, for God loves each of us the same and offers each of us the same plan for Salvation. But God does hate the sin. There is a difference. While I knew (and know now as I write this) that I would (will) be met with opposition, I must remind myself, "wasn't Christ?" John 15: 18"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you".(NIV)  Luke 6:22 "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake."

A good thing to remember as Christians is Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." We cannot sit on the fence concerning anything God speaks about. If He is for it, so should we be. If He is against it, so should we be. We must be one way or the other, for we cannot have it both ways.

Here are some scriptures & definitions I have been looking at this morning concerning homosexuality, or as the Bible puts it "sodomy". I also know that God gives each of us a choice. When we continue to ignore His warnings, He will let us have our way and will give us a reprobate mind. Though, please note; God did not create us for this purpose. At the same time He will not force us to believe. Just as I cannot force you to believe, you must have faith & a desire to obey, understand, stand by it, & stand up for His Word.

Romans 1:
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Reprobate (according to Webster) -\REP-ruh-bayt\
DEFINITION

noun
1:a person foreordained to damnation
2:a depraved person:scoundrel

transitive verb
1:to condemn strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil;reprobating the laxity of the age;
2:to foreordain to damnation
3:to refuse to accept: reject

adjective
1archaic: rejected as worthless or not standing a test: condemned
2a:foreordained to damnation
b:morally corrupt: depraved
3:expressing or involving reprobation
4:of, relating to, or characteristic of a reprobate

Genesis 1:20And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

2 Peter 2: 4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Definition ofSODOM
:a place notorious for vice or corruption

Definition of GOMORRAH
:a place notorious for vice and corruption

Definition of VILE
1a:morally despicable or abhorrent vile as intellectual dishonesty;
b:physically repulsive: foul vile slum;
2:of little worth or account: common; also: mean
3:tending to degrade;vile employments;
4:disgustingly or utterly bad: obnoxious, contemptible;vile weather; vile temper;

All of that being said, I say again, "Why must I be silent? Why is it okay for others to fight for their rights, but when I fight for mine, it is not okay? I'm tired of being silent. I'm tired of standing by and seeing my rights and beliefs being stripped away b/c others don't like the Word of God. Let's stand up and fight for Truth saints!"

4 comments:

  1. I agree with the Bible, Julie. Our world is becoming more stressful to deal with and we are needing to not only stand up but call on God for the grace we need to overcome the stress without. We need more God within to balance that out. I heard on the radio this week that some homosexual couple was having their child injected with some hormones so they could choose which sex it wanted when it grew up. How sickening!!!

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  2. First, I respect your opinions and beliefs regarding this subject. But I also think that others, with differing views, also deserve that same respect. From his perspective, his family is no different than yours. True, you say it's different because you were raised in a home with a mother and father. You think it's different because he was raised by two mothers. However, he's looking at the similarities between your family and his: the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good times, the love than binds us. In that sense, you're both right - you are right about the differences and he's right about the similarities. Christians often talk about "loving the sinner", but how do we live that out? Love is an Orientation is one way that I think Christians could start down the path of figuring out what it means to truly love those who may be different or similar to us... http://www.loveisanorientation.com/2011/love-is-an-orientation-promo-video-is-here/

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  3. I understand what you are saying. And I will admit I didn't listen to the entire video. I understand that is how that guy was raised and doesn't know anything different. I understand that this country was formed under a freedom of religion, & not everyone's religion is the same as mine. I understand there are going to be laws made that I don't always agree with. There is a lot that I understand and can respect. My main focus here though, is understanding that as Christians we shouldn't be so accepting of things that God's Word plainly states as being wrong. Loving others doesn't always mean telling them what they are doing is okay. Loving them doesn't mean you accept their lifestyle just b/c they do. Another reason for my post is b/c homosexuals (& those who support their lifestyle) tell me I need to just accept their lifestyle. They tell me that I just need to shut-up about my beliefs, while they can express their beliefs any time they want. I'm tired of being silent. I'm tired of being doormat, & being expected to take in whatever anyone tells me. I work with a homosexual. She has been open & honest about her lifestyle. I have been open & honest about mine & that I don't agree with hers and why. She's worked with us for several years & I have always been friendly and talked to her. Just b/c I don't agree with her lifestyle doesn't mean I treat her hatefully or ignore her. But I also let her know I don't agree. Sometimes loving others means going to them, in love, & saying "hey I don't agree with what you are doing."

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