Do You Walk With A Safety Harness?

Last Friday night, my family decided to watch Nik Wallenda walk over Niagara Falls.  At first it wasn’t so much the feat but the fact that we had been there a couple of years ago and loved looking at God’s creation.

During the time we were watching, we noticed that Nik Wallenda was talking about how he didn’t want to walk the tight rope with a safety harness attached.  He had felt that he needed to walk it without any security.  Nik stated that God was with him no matter how he did it.  Nik said that it was because of God and the message of His Son, Jesus Christ, that he needed to walk across Niagara Falls.

This event, from last Friday, came to mind because I have been dealing with the emotional and psychological problem of security.  Usually, when we think of security we think about the guy at the bank, who is watching over everything to ensure safety.  In the computer realm, we think of security as something that protects our network.  However, as our economy has been showing, security is a thing of the past.

The unemployment rate is high, while the available jobs is very low.  More and more people are going hungry, losing homes or moving to another state they can afford all because their security is gone.

In days past, we saw how big businesses took the employees security, in the form of retirement, and “gambled” it for their pleasure.  The employees were left without the security of retirement, while the bosses still got their bonuses.

If you watch enough television, you will notice ads for home security.  On the business channels, you will see advertisements for “gold – the secure investment”.  No matter where you look, we all need this sense of security.  However, the same places we look for security, are the same places that we feel betray us and invoke an insecure environment.

Have you ever wondered why people and society feel the need to tell everyone that most of our foods are unhealthy and that we need to exercise 5 days a week?  It is true that our Western culture has an obesity epidemic.  However, when I ask people why they are working out, some actually say that by working out they will live longer.  They place their security in health clubs and eating habits.  That is until the doctors tell them they have an incurable disease.

These were the thoughts that have been plaguing my mind for a number of days.  This morning, my wife knew something was wrong.  I explained that recently, I had been told that people I know just lost their jobs.  This brought back the feelings I had when I was laid off eleven years ago.  The wounds of helplessness and insecurity re-opened with the salt of depression rubbing into those wounds.  My wife then said, “Where is your security?  Is it in Jesus or your job?”  I giggled and told her she was right.

A moment or so later, I heard a song on K-Love radio that reminded me of my security in Christ.  When I arrived at my office one passage came to mind, which led me to this passage in 2 Corinthians 5…..

“For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.  So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.”

It was then that God reminded me of this one thing…the Holy Spirit is our “guarantee”, our security.  He has been given to us as a deposit of what is to come.  It is the Holy Spirit that reminds us that our life is just a breeze, a training ground for the eternal life that awaits us in Jesus.

It is not in our jobs, our family, our investments or our health.  It is not in friends, church or possessions.  It is not in our creativity, talents or gifts.  It is simply in the Holy Spirit.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Today was a good reminder of what our life is really about.  I was reminded that this life is not our final destination, but a stop until this body gives up and we go home to be with the Lord.  As Paul stated in another letter, “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.”  May we all be reminded that we need to do our best, regardless of circumstances or experiences.  We need to live today for His Kingdom and glory.  We need to live today to bring someone to Christ.  We need to live today for this is the gift of breath God has given to us.

My hope and prayer is that you have been reminded, like I, that this life isn’t about me, but about Christ.  For Christ is the only security I need.  Like Nik Wallenda, I don’t need a safety harness, just Jesus.  Thank you Nik for your valuable insight into life and eternity.

God Bless and encourage someone today.

The Day Religion Was Abolished…

It’s been a week or so since I last blogged.  Partially because I had what some call “writer’s block” and partially because of pure laziness.  However, as I have been thinking about what to write over the past few days, I thought it might be nice to imagine what some may consider the near future.

In a story I began to write, called Serpula, the main character, Dr. Jordon Ronnel, had to deal with many mentally ill patients who thought they could speak to plants and animals.  He was an educated man, who knew what was best for his patients.  His story begins with his remembering his childhood.  His father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother believed that she could talk with animals and plants.

Over the years, he had to deal with this fact, his mother must have been mentally ill.  He learned that this belief in speaking with animals and plants was a notion that came from an ancient religion called “Fatherism”.  Unlike the other world religions, this one taught that, another character, Father, made everything seen and unseen.  The followers of Father were called Children.  Allegedly, Father gave his children the ability to understand things that no one else could understand.  They could read and see things that others could not see or understand.  So society called then mentally insane.

During the course of time, Dr. Jordon Ronnel, starts to hear the same things his mother had spoken.  As Dr. Ronnel tries to understand this mental illness, he is confronted with one fact that no one else understands.  Why was religion abolished?

In this story religion had been abolished because of the conflict that different religions had caused.  One religious belief conflicted with another so those societies decided to go to war.  Others felt that they were made to believe their religion, but the government decided not abolish all religion.

So the question of the day is, “What would you do if religion was abolished?”

In the Bible, Daniel had to deal with this problem.  Daniel was known for his wisdom and knowledge.  He was known for doing the right thing, all the time.  Unfortunately, there were some in his day that believed Daniel was incorrect and wanted him dead.

“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.  Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.” – Daniel 6:1-5 (ESV)

So what did these men do?  They convinced the King to make a law that said “If anyone prays to any god other than the king, they would be sent to the lion’s den”.  AMAZING!  But Daniel decided to continue his time of prayer…

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” – Daniel 6:10 (ESV)

Daniel decided that it was more important to do what God said rather than listen to men.  His decision did cost him.  Daniel was caught praying and thrown into the lion’s den.  There God closed the mouths of the lions (which if you study history is a miracle of itself as those lions were starved purposefully) and Daniel just sat there.

Ultimately, Daniel was released and his accusers were thrown into the same lion’s den where they did not have the same fate as Daniel.

Again, I ask the question, ‘What would you do if religion was abolished?”  It sounds like a far fetched question, but the realization is that it is possible.  It has happened before and probably will happen again.  So what would you do?  Would you give in and never worship again?  Would you defy the law and continue what you know to be right and true?

These questions are the type of questions I ask myself on a regular basis.  They help keep me strong both mentally and emotionally.  They also allow me to take a “gut check” on what I really believe.  I hope that sometime today, you will take the time to ask yourself the tough questions.  This way, if someone ever asks you, “What do you believe”, you can say with strength, “I know this is true…”

God Bless and encourage someone today.

The Ever Changing World…(and blog)

Recently, I had “tweeted” that a new series was about to begin.  With those changes, I am also changing the format a bit as well.

As you may have seen, the previous blogs dealt not just with biblical aspects but political ones as well.  Although I still hold on closely to what I write, I also realize there is a need for other subjects as well.

You may have noticed that the last story I shared, was a story of a friend of mine who has dealt with many tribulations and trials.  She has gone through a lot, yet she still keeps a huge smile on her face.  She has been an inspiration to me and has challenged me to think more deeply about my life.

What is funny about this is that she attends the Sunday Bible class that I teach at our church.  She has taught me that even the teacher can be taught by his/her students.  Her life is an example of how God uses different gifts, with different individuals for the one purpose He has — to grow His church.

With all that in mind, in a few days, I will begin to write again.  However, I will no longer deal with political subjects as the primary purpose of this blog.  I will go back to the original intention I had when I began almost a year ago…to encourage and love others as Christ sees them.

These changes will be a bit rough for me as I feel comfortable with certain subjects, however, being comfortable is not what God intended me to do.  He wants all of us to stretch ourselves beyond what we think we can do and trust Him for what only He can do.

So in an effort to stretch myself a bit, I will start bringing not only inspirational stories of changing lives, but also start by looking at Scripture for stories that positively influence people’s lives.  The stories I share, may sound fictional, but they are based on the true stories the Bible has given to us.

This change will also include others stories of hope, love and change.  I want to include these types of stories as they appear to be the one’s people most enjoy looking at.

In this light, please read, “Grace’s Journey” and “From the Gates of Hell”.  Both of these stories will show you how God can change a life, even if we have tried to change and fail.  This life is not about us but about how God can change a life forever.

I’ll see you in a few days.  God Bless and encourage someone today.

Grace’s Journey…(Mature Subject Matter)

The following is the journey of my friend Grace.  Please take time to read her story.  She has asked that her story be heard as it is one of….just read it and find out!!!

I was born on August 8, 1948. My twin sister was born ten minutes later. My mother was delighted to have given birth to twins, but was very upset when she saw my sister. She asked the doctor why one baby was strong and healthy, and the second baby was weak and frail. The doctor explained simply that “the baby on top had eaten all the food and left none for her twin sister.” My mother accepted this information, and slowly developed a silent resentment toward me. When I became five or six years old, I began to notice I was not treated the same as my sister. My childhood was not especially a happy one. I was made to feel guilty and responsible. I could never figure out why Mother seemed to always disapprove of me. During this time I developed the habit of day dreaming. I would escape my unhappiness and pretend I had a wonderful life somewhere else.

My mother accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior when we were two years old. Our home changed, for now we went to church, we learned to pray and love Jesus. We felt that we grew up with Him in our home. Unfortunately, my mother’s attitude toward me did not change, needless to say my habit of day dreaming continued. When I was still young, I attended a summer Vacation Bible School. A missionary from South America told us the story of how Jesus had died on the cross for our sins. How, if we asked Him into our hearts, He would forgive us, and make us His very own! The missionary asked us to get down on our knees and pray. I remember feeling a great desire to belong to Jesus. I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins, and make me His own. I immediately felt this joy fill my heart, and I knew He had answered my prayer, from that time on I lived knowing I was His girl. I began to read my Bible every night, and talking to Him was as easy as breathing! He has never left my side, and I have never left His. Yet, my habit of day dreaming continued.

When it came time to fall in love and get married, I asked the Lord for a husband! I thought I had found the right guy, but he turned out to be wrong. I realized God knew what was best for His girl! I promised the Lord I would not date anyone, unless He would provide him for me! Sure enough, God provided a wonderful husband and we are now married forty two years! Yet, my habit of day dreaming continued.

Now, that I was grown up and married I realized I had a problem. I did not like to face confrontations or problems with people. I avoided all unpleasantness with a smile even though my insides would churn. I was always well dressed, attractive, and smiling! I would go to my comfortable, now well established habit of day dreaming, but now it had changed. It had become a dark and dirty thing! When reading my Bible, Second Corinthians 10:5 would haunt me! This scripture would follow me around! The Word of God says: “…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” I began to realize my comfortable habit since childhood had become dangerous and sinful. It began to take control of me! I could no longer control when I would start or end. This fantasy life took a life of it’s own! I began to get frightened and even more when I realized the Lord was speaking. The Word of God was saying, “bring every thought to the obedience of Christ! Stop, what you are doing! I began having trouble concentrating on prayer and reading my Bible. Yet, I could not give it up!

On November of 1973, I received my first “wake up” call. Early in the morning, once a month an exterminator would come to each apartment in our building to spray. My sleeping two year old daughter was in her crib, and I was recovering from just having had a miscarriage. We had so much wanted to have a second baby. Well, the man dressed as an exterminator was no exterminator! He was a violent, crazed rapist who threatened to kill us both. I had a moment to flee the apartment, but could not take my baby. I instead chose to face him. The next half hour or so where a nightmare I have never forgotten. When he was ready to leave, I felt him lift a heavy can and try to smash it against my head. I prayed and committed my life to God and pleaded for my baby’s safety. I felt him slowly lower the can and and walk out of the apartment without touching my child. But, not before threatening to come and kill me, if I told anyone what he had done. Well, after coming home from the hospital that night, I asked the Lord, “how am I going to live with the memory of what has happened?” His answer came back quickly, ‘You must forgive him, pray for him, and as you pray for him, in return you will receive emotional healing. This was a hard thing to do, but I prayed “Lord, I cannot do this in my strength. I want to obey you Lord, but You will need to help me. Well, not only did I pray for this man, but I prayed for him for fifteen years until the Lord told me to stop. Now, I pray for anyone in his family or bloodline that they may receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. When I asked the Lord, “How was I going to live with this ugly memory?” Again, His response was quick. His answer was found in Second Corinthians 12:9 “…and He said to me My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…” The memory of that experience was softened by the touch and grace of God. There is no bitterness, or anger, as I forgave the healing came! I have had countless opportunities through out many years, to share the mercy and love of God with sexually abused or rape survivors. Yet, I continued in my fantasy life.

The second “wake up” call came when I was in my early forties. The Lord began to speak to me of my “will” and living a completely surrendered life to Him. He had all of me, except for that dirty little secret which now controlled me. I now began to sense a demonic presence bothering me and strange things happening at night. I could not tell anyone not even my husband. I realized my disobedience to the Lord had opened a dark door in my life. I began to pray as hard as I could, “Lord, forgive me, help me, I can’t fight this thing on my own! It has become bigger than me! Help, please help me!”

Dear friend, I want you to understand one thing up to this point; I regularly attended church, read the Bible, prayed, was a Sunday school teacher, served in the Women’s Ministry, and we were considered a very popular couple in the church. No one suspected the turmoil I was living under, who would believe me? I was always the pretty, smiling lady, but secret sins act like a cancer which eats you up! Do you have secret sins?

During this time, I began to experience abnormal pain and bleeding in my body. I went to a GYN doctor who examined me for a long time. He finally looked at me and said, “I believe you have cancer in your uterus. You owe it to yourself to get the best help you can get.” After leaving the doctor’s office, I remember looking up to the sky and praying, “Lord, I have known you all my life, and I know you can heal me.” I suddenly had a feeling God was going to do something which was going to surprise me! A few days later, my husband Bob, and I went to a GYN oncologist. After a very long examination with different instruments, the doctor confirmed the cancer diagnosis given by the first doctor. He said, “I have seen the cancer cells in your cervix, but I need to perform a procedure in order to determine what kind of cancer you have, and how I’m going to treat it.” I was immediately scheduled to go for surgery.

Time to pray! Time to fast! Time to seek the Lord, with desperation! I began to pray, “Lord, even if you don’t choose to heal me, please deliver me, please set me free of this demonic stronghold in my life! I want to feel your power in my life!” When I was praying, I suddenly began to see a moving picture in my mind. I stood very still, and I began to see myself in the past. It was like a video of myself during different stages in my life. The pictures showed how I had always thought of myself as better than any one else. After all, I never went out to bars, never had affairs (never mind, my fantasy life was a sewer), never drank or smoked, etc. When a so called “worldly girl” came into the church, I would turn up my nose at her! The video continued and I heard the word self-righteous, prideful, arrogant, sin, sin, sin!!! I could do nothing, but cry and feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit deep in my heart. I had no strength, no will to deny what the Lord was saying to me. My heart told me the video was all true. I had been that person, and I sincerely humbled myself on the floor before the Lord and begged for forgiveness. I had loved the Lord with all my heart, but had never suspected such sin hiding inside of me! I cried and cried and begged for forgiveness how ashamed I felt. I threw myself on the mercy of God. I looked down next to my knees where I had laid my Bible. It had fallen opened to Second Chronicles 33: 12, 13 and I read, “Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the god of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication…” In my heart, I knew God was speaking to me through His Word. He had heard me! I continued to cry, ask forgiveness, and agreed with Him that everything He said, and showed me was absolutely true! I had been a very self-righeous, prideful women, always pretending to be what I was not! My eyes fell on the open Bible again, and this time it was on Second Chronicles 34: 27, “Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.” I began to weep and I heard the still small voice of my God speak to me, “Because you have humbled yourself before Me, I am going to heal you.” I then felt a warmth come and cover my lower abdomen, and it remained for several minutes. I knew in my heart that I had been healed. Several days later I went to have the procedure done by the GYN oncologist. When he came out of the surgery room he told me, “I looked and looked as far as I could go, but there is no trace of cancer in you.” After this day, the Lord gave me Isaiah 48:10, 11 “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace, of afflliction, for My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? and I will not give My glory to another.” I give glory and honor to the Lord, God of heaven and earth for He is worthy! Praise His name!

Now, it gets even better! I continued to pray and fast. “Lord, I need deliverance! I need to be free of this thing that has gotten a hold of me! This sick fantasy life which started out in my childhood as an innocent comfort, but turned into something dark, dirty and demonic! I wanted to face life with its challenges, and with God’s help I could be an overcomer! Again. I heard the still small voice of God, “Grace…say ” I rebuke you Satan, get out of here, I command you to leave and never come back!” I said those words, and when I did, I felt a sudden clearing in my mind, a weight lifted off my heard. It felt as though I had been wearing a hat that was too tight It was quickly taken off my head.

Now, you may not understand this next part, but it happened just as I’m writing it down today. I was on my knees, with my hands upraised, thanking the Lord, when all of a sudden, I felt a warm thick liquid poured over my head. It ran slowly down my head, to my shoulders, my knees, all the way down to my feet. When it reached my feet, it was poured on my head again. Three times I felt this wonderful healing oil come over me. I describe it like a warm oil, because I don’t know how else to describe it! My life was changed forever. I have never had a problem with my thought life ever again. This experience I share with you friend, did not only touch my emotions and body, but my inner man as well. I began to fill my mind with the Word of God, and to apply it daily to my life. I have learned that God loves me too much, to allow disobedience and sin, to destroy my life, after all I am His girl!

Isaiah 61: 1-3 states, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn in Zion, to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Dear friend, the Lord has fulfilled this scripture in my life. I was a captive to something which took control of my mind and the Lord set me free, my “brokenhearted” childhood was healed by His love for me, the ugliness of the rape has become “beauty for ashes,” now I share with women of rape/sexual abuse, that Jesus Christ enables us to forgive and receive healing. In Christ Jesus you don’t have to remain a victim. I have a deep joy in my heart that the world cannot take away, because the Lord has promised to make me a “tree of righteousness” that I may give witness to others of His great love, grace and mercy. All of this is possible through the Cross of Jesus Christ.

I have shared this story with you, because I want you to know that God knows and understands the deep hidden secrets of your life. He continues to love you as you are. Don’t fight your secrect demons alone. Jesus Christ can help you, save you, just as He has done for me. If you do not know Him today, open your heart to Him. He is ready to step into your life today!

God bess you.

Morality, Homosexuality and the Christian

Morality can be defined as “a system or doctrine that defines right and wrong behavior”.  It is a way society defines what they deem is right and wrong.  The problem is when society goes against what you believe is right and wrong.  How do you handle this?  How can we, as individuals, clearly and positively affect society when what society is telling us is right, we know to be wrong?

Before we can understand how to handle this, we need to first understand the dichotomy of right and wrong.  This process is a fairly simple one.  In order to judge whether someone is right or wrong, we first need to understand what right and wrong are.  For someone to be ‘right’, logic states there must be a proven basis of fact.  From the facts we see positive evidence.  Then the evidence points to a rule or law.  The ‘right’ person must be able to prove that what they say or believe is factual or true.  Once the factual evidence has been given and compared to the rule or law, we can then say, “That person was right”.  But what about ‘wrong’?

The word ‘wrong’ can be defined as “a violation of what is right”.  It is the process of clearly stating the opposite of what factual evidence states.  For us to say someone is ‘wrong’, we must know what is right and then evaluate and measure the implied ‘wrong’ act.  When the measuring has been completed, if it goes against the factual evidence, then we say, “That person is wrong”.  Basically, we first must have a basis of belief that allows us to measure the difference between right and wrong.  However, can everybody be right?  Can everybody be wrong?

In our society’s recent history, there has been a thought process that everyone has the ‘right’ to be right.  It sounds like a good statement, but think about it for a moment.  If everyone has the ‘right’ to be right, then what would define who was wrong?  If everyone was right, then we wouldn’t need laws to govern our land.  We wouldn’t need to have prisons to contain those who stole or murdered.  We wouldn’t need to judge drug dealers or sex offenders.  If everyone had the ‘right’ to be right, then even those who think in opposition to us would be right….right?

If this sounds ridiculous to you, ask yourself why this is the case?  When you evaluate the last paragraph of questions against your basis of rules, you clearly judge that not everyone can be right.  You say to yourself, “The person who stole was wrong” or “The sex offender need to be in jail”.  Why?  The laws of our land have rules regarding these things.  We have laws against stealing, lying and sexual perversion.  These laws are considered to be ‘right and just’.  As a country we have a set of rules that every citizen must abide by.  If we rebel against these rules of right and wrong, we also suffer the negative consequences of our behavior.  So, why the recent ruckus about right vs. wrong?

Let’s look at homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  In the political realm, we have seen both sides of the coin.  We have those who back homosexual marriage and those who don’t.  We see everyone taking sides, wanting to be known for being the person who takes the stand for what they believe is right.  They feel that if they back one way or the other, they can get the votes they need for election.  So why is this country in such turmoil regarding this subject?

The turmoil regarding homosexual marriage, is largely in part to our historical heritage.  Unlike the current media misnomer, our country was actually founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs.  We know this because of our Constitution.  It mentions that all people are made in God’s image and have the right to worship as they see fit.  This clearly shows that our founding fathers believed in God and His laws.  Although they believed that the ‘church’ should not rule the land, they still believed in the truth of the Bible.  They showed this by also showing how our government is formed and what their responsibilities are in the Constitution.  So if this historical evidence and truth are so evident, it only makes sense that the topic of homosexual marriage is such a heated one.

Our problem begins with the dichotomy of who is right in this situation and who is wrong.  The person who is for homosexual marriage feels there needs to be a separation of church and state, while the person who is against it, says it is against God’s will.  As both of these views are diametrically opposed, how do we resolve the differences here?

We need to go back to what the issue really is.  The issue here is a group of people, who feel that homosexuality is natural, feel that their rights have been violated.  They feel heterosexuals are against this because of religious beliefs and should not have say as they are too religious.  As they see this as truth, the homosexual community has done everything in their power to convince the government and the people that they are right.  They have had marches and news conferences to tell others that they have to have this “right”.  Unfortunately, when they speak about this issue, they almost always state that Christians are to blame for the ‘homo-phobia’.  So they infuse the media with hate speech toward Christians.  They claim intolerance, yet they are intolerant of Christian beliefs.  They attempt to influence education in order to teach an ‘alternative lifestyle’ that most people feel is inappropriate for children to hear about.  They write books for younger children and expect the education system to teach children about two mommies or two daddies.  Yet in all this, when abstinence is taught, they are in such an uproar that you would think the end of the world is near!

As a citizen of the United States, I must ask myself, what did our forefathers mean by what they wrote?  How would they interpret their document in these times?  Would Abraham Lincoln be for or against homosexuality and homosexual marriage?  Would he take a stand for a sexual preference?  Based on his own words, I would determine that he would in fact be against homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  Why?  Simply put, he believed in God and what the Bible teaches.

“My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand to quote Scripture. I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of the Lord, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’ The Savior, I suppose, did not expect that any human creature could be perfect as the Father in Heaven; but He said, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’ He set that up as a standard, and he who did most towards reaching that standard, attained the highest degree of moral perfection. So I say in relation to the principle that all men are created equal, let it be as nearly reached as we can.’” – Abraham Lincoln, July 10 1858.

So where do we go from here?  As the topic of homosexual marriage and Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other, this will never get resolved.  Unfortunately, as those in the government take stands for homosexual marriage, they also take another stand against Christianity.  When they take this stand, they inevitably take away the rights of Christians.  We can see this in our schools, in media and in private religious hospitals.

As a devout American citizen, who is also a Christian, I have to be against homosexual marriage.  Jesus spoke against homosexual lifestyles and the Bible clearly teaches against it in several locations.  If I were to take a stand with homosexuals regarding homosexual marriage, I could not call myself a Christian, as the term Christian means “a follower of Christ”.  Am I saying that anyone who is for homosexual marriage cannot call themselves Christians?  No.  However, I am saying that if you are a Christian and are for homosexual marriage, then you must re-evaluate your stand and beliefs.  If you want to call yourself a Christian, then you must believe what Christ says.

As this issue is debated, remember that it is not about the person, but about the lifestyle.  We should never hate the individual, but we are allowed to hate the sin.  We need to love the individual and show our love toward them by reaching out and helping them, praying for them and talking calmly with them.  We need to show the love of Christ and avoid any speech that may be seen as hate-filled or derogatory.

However, with this is a call to all people who call themselves Christians.  Encourage your children to pray in school.  Encourage your children to ask questions regarding evolution.  Ask your government official to stop the insanity when it comes to binding religious freedom.  This is the United States of America and we were founded on the government not legislating how we are allowed to worship.

Be proud of Who you believe in and share when you want and where you want.  If the homosexual community can march about their choices, then so can we!  Stand up, love people and show them the love of Jesus Christ.  It is only then we will be tools to change the world.

God Bless and encourage someone today.