I was reading a Franklin Graham post on Facebook when I was reminded of the dark times we live in. The subject of the post was concerning the legalization of homosexual marriage in Ireland. We all know (whether you admit it or suppress it) that God defined marriage between one man and one woman. We can force a square peg through a round hole and “redefine” anything we wish. But that doesn’t make it true.
I enjoy reading peoples’ responses on Facebook. Sometimes you read something poignant, but most of the time it’s thoughtless bumper sticker rhetoric. “Don’t Judge” is one of the most popular remarks. I can understand that coming from a pagan, but professing Christians say it too. It seems to escape these people that they are guilty of judgment when they tell people not to judge. But to have so-called Christians disregarding scripture? Is this the New Intolerance?
We must not do what is right in our own eyes. We can see where that path leads by reading Judges. I think that is the disconnect. What do the statistics say regarding Christianity in America? Seventy percent? Eighty percent? These statistics are so misleading because most of these people only like a Jesus that approves of them. Their Christ didn’t die for their sins.
Realistically, I wouldn’t be surprised if America is only ten or fifteen percent Christian. The other sixty five percent are wannabe poseurs who think Matthew 7 teaches that it is wrong to judge and that God won’t punish lawbreakers. These people think that they are good because they go to church, or not. Maybe their worship is their own private affair when they are watching American Idol or cheating on their taxes. It’s a smokescreen. That own “private worship” business is oftentimes justification for their lawless hearts.
It’s no wonder that pagans call us hypocrites because we act just like they do. We stand on the Bible regarding homosexual marriage, but we forget about divorce. We appear to be the wet blanket at the party when we oppose sin instead of upholding virtue. It’s not a matter of preference. It is a matter of right and wrong.
We don’t define sin. God does. Yet, we tell people to avoid sin because it is wrong or even gross. Try looking at sin from God’s perspective. All sin, divorce, rape, murder, homosexuality, blasphemy–all sins aren’t merely aberrant. God views sin as abominable.
Why can’t we just let people persist in their sin? It’s not hurting us Christians. That’s not what Paul says. He states, “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32 ESV) Our approval of sin or even our winking at sin is an abomination.
If we encourage any sin, we are in rebellion. If we stand for and support sin, we may as well be participants. We are opposing God. How can a Christian call himself a friend of God when he behaves like an enemy? He can’t.