Sacred

Why is the idea of racism so unifying these days? Most people have no fear of speaking out against racism, if anything it is encouraged and praised, which is a far cry from where this country was even 50 years ago. Is it simply about equality and being treated fairly? That is how society in general sells it these days, equality above everything. And who doesn’t want to be fair, who would stand against equality, so it’s a pretty easy sale isn’t it.

It seems social morality and politics have focused their energies on fairness and equality. I really think it is more than that, our race should be considered a sacred thing, our ethnic background and family should most certainly be sacred and it should be treated that way. But we have reduced it to a thing of fairness and equality. Do you think it is about equality no matter what our race is? Or do you think race and family are sacred and should be treated as such?

You might be wondering why this line of thought. Well it just dawned on me that sexuality in our society has been treated as something that should be viewed with fairness and equality when it should also be treated as sacred. Because of my faith, I know that sexuality is a sacred gift from God. So when asked about homosexuality I can’t justify the aberration just like I could not condone or justify anyone’s actions of promiscuity outside of marriage.

We were created by God and it is His plan for a man and woman to be united as one. It is in this union that the needs are met for and in each other. Now I know the argument for those who have the disposition for homosexuality and I would not argue that because everyone faces temptation, everyone has a thorn in their side. As a Christ Follower we need to renounce our disposition and we hope and pray that we receive the strength in order to resist our flesh. This does not mean we are perfect and without sin, it means with all our intent we strive for who Christ has told us we are.
So an individual choice needs to be made. Do you let society tell you that a storm of emotions leading you to do what we want, are more important than a man and woman who are committed to each other, mutually helping one another and raising children together. The term individual is important here because the decision is for each of us to make, but do we make that decision based on the worldview or a biblical view? Some say the Bible isn’t relevant these days, funny thing none of the issues have changed that the Bible speaks about, and it is relevant in my life, in fact it is life changing.

I haven’t written this to separate myself from others. That isn’t something we as Christians should do. We’re called to minister to all people, especially those not in the Christian community. However, the Gospel at times is repulsive to those who do not know Christ. The idea of giving up power, greed, and pride to be a servant to others is against everything inside our hearts. The idea that the closer we get to Christ the more broken we look in comparison is not appealing to us in the slightest. That is why the Gospel, and consequently Christians, are treated the way they are.

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

Christian Interrupted

Do you like interruptions? Most of us don’t, what we need to consider is that God can only use us if we are willing to be interrupted from the things we are doing. Discipleship is messy and at times difficult and when people struggle it usually isn’t at opportune times, so are we letting ourselves be interrupted or even worse are we sitting around making excuses; because Christ told us to go make disciples. But before we go and make disciples we need to examine our own lives and ask ourselves if it’s a life that should be replicated.

One of the hardest things about discipleship for us to do and teach a Christian is accountability; we avoid it not because we don’t want someone to feel bad, but because we don’t want them to blame us for making them feel bad. When it comes to sin we all know what we do, and most of us know how we do it, but very few know why they do it. When we keep each other accountable we need to see clearly the why and we need to be disciplined in the how and the what.

I believe the resistance of the flesh comes from the moving away from selfishness and comfort. A step towards faith is a step away from comfort and the flesh resists this and when we disciple we need to encourage and lift up because fear is always around when someone doesn’t know what comes next. Remember it takes courage to embrace the broken instead of the comfortable. And no matter how hard we try, we won’t make everyone happy and we can’t make anyone read their Bible and we can’t make them pray and we can’t make them fall in love with Jesus, but we can continue to point them to Him. We need to remember that we are never going to make Christianity cool, it offends and if it doesn’t then it’s not the gospel. It’s not our ideas that can change people it’s God and don’t forget He has changed the convictions in our own hearts, so lead with your heart. For it’s our hearts that contain the hope that God has given us and too many people live their lives with an absence of hope.

Discipleship is hard but if we are being obedient to God we will face opposition and we will be criticized. Everything significant and everything new and effective will face resistance. Remember in the face of resistance, opposition, and being criticized prayer is the difference between the best you can be and the best God can do.