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The Great Challenge for the Church

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 8:46 AM
The Great Challenge for the Church Blogger reminds the Church of its most important responsibility in the days and weeks to come.
Too often I fear we allow ourselves to confuse the issue of homosexual marriage with people who identify as homosexual. - Jordan Chamblee

The Supreme Court of the United States is in the middle of a historical decision: whether or not they will allow states to ban homosexual marriage. I can’t think of a greater time for the Church to step up and love homosexual men and women. Either way the Supreme Court rules, this remains the same: the Church must obey Christ. And obeying Christ means loving our neighbors. 

We have to get our minds straight. Too often I fear we allow ourselves to confuse the issue of homosexual marriage with people who identify as homosexual. As Wesley Wildmon set forth in his last blog, these are not the same at all. Homosexual people aren’t out to get you or anyone. They, as all Christians were at some point, are sinners who are searching for happiness where there is only destruction. 

So if SCOTUS finds a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage and you wake up one morning and your neighbors are two men who are married, ask yourself what would honor your God the most. Shunning them in bitterness because your little political war was lost? Or opening your arms wide, fully prepared to die for them out of love because Christ died for you? 

Please remember this! Our goal here on earth is not to make sure homosexual men and women can’t get married. Our goal is to serve Christ and glorify Him in the sight of the world. What good does it do if American society is clean on the outside but rotten as a tomb on the inside? Whether a man can marry a man or not, sin is still sin, Christ is still Christ, and you have a clear choice. Will you plead for them to turn to Christ in love, as Christ loved you? Or damn them to hell by your cold and bitter silence or hush the Gospel by screaming in rage and protest? 

The greatest fight for an American Christian in these times is not to conquer media, Washington D.C., or the culture war. The greatest fight for an American Christian is to love people. Be brave, take a stand for Christ and don’t allow the Enemy to mar the image of Christ in you with anger and bitterness.

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