After a few interesting conversations about the issue of gay marriage—in which my response was, “Before I give any type of opinion on the issue, I truly want to know God’s heart on the matter,” as I have been seeking God for wisdom on this matter for some time now—and yesterday, God gave me just that…
Back when I was lost in the deep and dark pit of sin that I chose to climb into, God LOVED me! Excuse me for being graphic, but even when I was mid-stroke with a woman, I was convicted and knew I should stop. Actually, there are times I did stop, although the times I didn’t stop were far greater in number. Yep, even though I knew it was a sin to fornicate, lie and deceive women, and commit idolatry, I boldly committed all of these sins, and many more. But thankfully, my sin never had any affect on God’s unconditional love for me.
God never stopped loving me. Thank you Lord…(big sigh of relief and gratitude)
In fact, God’s love is what ultimately caused me to turn from my wicked and sinful ways altogether. When I finally thought about all of my sinful and evil nature, and the fact that God loved me in spite of it—my heart couldn’t help but turn to Him!
All that said, today, many followers of Christ that I know are absolutely consumed by the issue of gay marriage. “We (Christ followers) can’t give them marriage!” one of my friends firmly remarked. To which I replied, “It’s not ours to give! As only God has the power to give and take it away.”
Truth is this, as long as satan can keep followers of Christ debating and arguing—as well as judging and condemning non-believers and sinners—over issues such as legalizing gay marriage, or legalizing abortion, he knows that we will not be busy doing what Jesus commissioned each of His followers to do:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Furthermore, satan also knows that followers of Christ will not be focused on doing what Jesus says are the the first and second greatest commandments:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Which finally brings me to the point of this journal entry:
If we, being true followers of Christ, instead of debating and arguing others over the issue of gay marriage, would channel all of our focus and efforts into loving God, and others as we love ourselves—including people who choose to live in sin: fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, murderers, idolators, and all other evildoers—in the same way that I could not help but turn from my wicked and sinful ways because of God’s unconditional love for me—I undoubtedly believe that other men and women—sinners like me—would not be able to help but turn from their sinful ways.
Yes, loving-kindness, all by itself, is enough to draw any man or woman to God:
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
One final thought: The first and second greatest commandments are not 1. Protect and preserve the holy and sacred office of marriage. 2. Protect and save unborn lives. But let me remind us again, that they are to love God, and others as we love ourselves.
Lord, help us all to realize that love is the answer…