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Our Culture and the Great Divide!

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Our culture is rapidly changing.

Homosexuality, in particular, has been in the forefront of the national debate for a while now.

Personally, I know plenty of individuals that would consider themselves homosexual. I don’t fear them, nor do I look down on them or dislike them.

I simply know it wasn’t supposed to be this way and that sin has made lots of things come out differently than they were meant to be. I believe we are all screwed up – me more than anyone. But I’m compelled to share the truths of the Bible and the salvation of the soul, no matter how inadequate I am at performing the task.

image09-23In the end, we needn’t be defined by what we desire, but rather, what we embrace.

Unfortunately, cries of religious bigotry and smear tactics applied by radical activists further complicate the matter as Christian conservatives once again find themselves on the defensive.

But let’s face it, we’ve been tolerating and contributing to the the destruction of marriage in our country, and even our churches, for decades. We are part of the problem.

Regardless, the resolve to speak in truth and love remains undaunted by the radical agenda.

image07-26Wesley Hill, author of “Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality,” has revealed his own struggles with homosexual urges and desires.

“Being gay isn’t the most important thing about my or any other gay person’s identity. I am Christian before I am anything else. My homosexuality is a part of my makeup, a facet of my personality. One day, I believe, whether in this life or in the resurrection, it will fade away. But my identity as a Christian – someone incorporated into Christ’s body by his Spirit – will remain.”

Wesley Hill rightly promotes celibacy as the only true option for the Christian who struggles with same-sex desires. We must not be defined by (or embrace) dispositions that run counter to holiness, but rather, God will deliver us despite ourselves.

If these same-sex thoughts/desires are conquered through Christ, they will no longer have dominion. Our old nature and private sins will progressively decrease as Jesus Christ is increased in the life of the regenerate child of God.

Ultimately, same sex desires basically becomes a small blemish, a mere trifle, for the redeemed lover of Christ. We need not despair of these worldly afflictions and temptations, even if they are sometimes too much to bear. That is what Jesus is for – we cannot do it alone!

I’d like to share some more heartfelt words of candid encouragement by Wesley Hill:



Claiming the label “celibate gay Christian” means, for me, recognizing my homosexual orientation as a kind of “thorn in the flesh.” When the apostle Paul used that phrase in his correspondence with the Corinthian church, he made clear that his “thorn” was indeed an unwelcome source of pain (2 Corinthians 12:7). But he also made clear that it had become the very occasion for his experience of the power of the risen Christ and, therefore, a paradoxical site of grace (2 Corinthians 12:8).

Paul, I think, would have had no qualms about labeling himself a “thorn-pricked Christian” – not because he recognized his thorn as a good thing, in and of itself, but because it had become for him the means by which he encountered the power of Christ. Likewise, living with an unchanged homosexual orientation may be for many of us the means by which we discover new depths of grace, as well as new vocations of service to others.

{Note: I believe the point Mr. Hill is making is that he accepts the fact that he experiences homosexual inclinations, but he does not embrace these inclinations nor does he despair on account of these inclinations because he has been made a new creature born by the shed blood of Jesus Christ}

A Show Of Support For Celibate Christians

This brings me to another related area of consideration: the idea that all modern concepts and considerations related to human sexuality are mere carnal projections (and fairly recent ones at that.)

In the March 2014 issue of “First Things”, Michael Hannon relates how ‘Heterosexuals …were an invention of the 1860s.’

He goes on to explain how ‘contrary to our cultural preconceptions and the lies of what has come to be called ‘orientation essentialism,’ ‘straight’ and ‘gay’ are not ageless absolutes.’

Are we merely preoccupied with brief instances of carnal gratification in a material world that must ultimately give way to greater spiritual realities?

The further we get away from the ‘straight’ and narrow paths of our Creator, the more confounded our ultimate purpose and final destination becomes.

“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.” (1 Corinthians 7:32)

The Art of Gay Mafia Trolling

“Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists” – Psychology Today

image05-29If we could momentarily place practical concerns, public health, and natural design aside, I swear there exists some not so underground movement that methodically shapes and trains cyber-bullies to wage an online offensive against all things perceived gay-unfriendly.

If we were to gain access to some “hypothetical” talking points, they probably would probably read thus:

1. Label anyone and everyone who makes a moral case for the sanctity of the marriage institution a “fundi”, despite the fact that a majority of mainstream, non-heretical religious teaching supports the sacred standard and the inherent value of the traditional nuclear family.

2. Aggressively insist that widespread tolerance of an arbitrary civil redefining and recognition of the marriage institution will have no bearing on the sincere traditionalist (despite the discrimination suits, child indoctrinations, and social biases that have swiftly and mercilessly reared their ugly head against the religious faithful in all areas of American society).

3. Recklessly classify those who defend the natural order/special design of earthly creation and promote the preservation of the traditional standard (i.e. “Hater”, “Homophobe,” “Bigot”… whatever works … the more slanderous the better. Intimidation thru abrasion. I know I don’t want to be singled out as somebody who thoughtlessly and maliciously looks down and disparages another human being… That’s just not who I am or how I roll).

image06-324. Blindly support and defend the inconsistencies of the “first gay president” as he chastises those non-Islamic countries in favor of traditional marriage, while at the same time he ignores those Islamic countries that will kill at will.

Even the thoughtful and sincere sentiments of a classy young lady raised by two lesbians is not off limits, at least not when the gay mafia is on the cyber-prowl seeking to devour even the slightest expression of dissent.

Gay marriage doesn’t just redefine marriage, but also parenting. It promotes and normalizes a family structure that necessarily denies us something precious and foundational. It denies us something we need and long for, while at the same time tells us that we don’t need what we naturally crave. That we will be okay. But we’re not. We’re hurting.

But children of same-sex parents haven’t been given the same voice. It’s not just me. There are so many of us. Many of us are too scared to speak up and tell you about our hurt and pain. If we say we are hurting because we were raised by same-sex parents, we are either ignored or labeled a hater.” – Heather Barwick, “Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting” The Federalist

image03-35So I implore you… please be careful, my friends, for they know where you surf and what you write.

And I hear payback is a… well, you know.

Be certain they will seek to shut you down.

 

*The final portion of this piece was originally published at American Thinker



 

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