Last week Pope Francis invited gay Catholics to the Vatican giving them the VIP treatment, the concept that many Catholic and Protestant hierarchy has been homosexuality is not a sin only the acts of homosexuality is. Basically calling yourself gay is not a sin much like saying your a alcoholic, drug addict or a swinger the name is not the sin but the acts are the sin in motion.
I get the idea of what Francis is doing, bringing the outcast front and center and showing them love instead of condemnation and judgment I believe it’s what Jesus would have done if homosexuals were a big part in his time.
You might say “ well homosexuality was in Jesus’ time” and yes it was even before his time but homosexuality was considered a fringe deviance in most eyes of the Jews. It was condemned by God and in Old Testament law. I believe Jesus was sent here to save us, sin would always be in and around us but God needed to send us a way out give us through his grace salvation.
At first my question was is Pope Francis and other pastors condoning homosexuality by putting groups like New Ways Ministries front and center giving them the VIP treatment or a pass, promoting the gay movement? Then I thought what would Jesus do?
Remember Zacchaeus he was a tax collector a very hated group of people. Tax collectors were disliked by everyone since they not only collected from the poor but the rich as well and were well known for skimming off the top and pocketing a little for themselves everyone disliked the tax collectors they sinned with no remorse.
I believe this is why Jesus put much compassion with Zacchaeus, he saw a man who was looking for Jesus and did anything it took to hear him speak, even climbed a sycamore tree. Jesus went as far as inviting himself to Zacchaeus house for dinner out in the open a known sinner. This act by Jesus cause Zacchaeus to repent and change his ways and become saved Luke 19 verses 1-10
Now the contrast to what not only Pope Francis is doing here but other pastors that fall into the same idea of accepting and bringing in the homosexual movement into the church is that Jesus always accepted people for who they were but never accepted or condoned their sin.
Jesus walked and talked to sinners but he never asked them to continue to sin and always told them there was a better way to follow him which basically meant repent and follow God remember the Samaritan woman at the well John 4: 1-26
There is nothing wrong with Pope Francis inviting New Ways Ministries to the Vatican, I would expect any pastor to invite anyone whether they be gay, strait, drug addicted or you name it to church but I would not expect a pastor or church leadership to condone and accept the lifestyle but to counter the sin with God’s love and the chance to repent and live the life Jesus would want us to live.
We have to understand that yes Christianity has different doctrines but all healthy doctrines holds true to one way and point to the same direction. Sin is in all of us but God expects us to strive for a sinless life, and with the death and resurrection ofJesus forgiveness is now obtainable John 3:16
What Christianity cannot have or ever condone is the watering down of God’s word, the altering of his natural law and the callus acceptance of sin as not a sin. Jesus said in Matthew 7: 15-20 to basically watch out for people that give the wrong Gospel and the Holy Spirit confirms this another way in Revelations 3: 15-22.
What am I getting at is basically we can’t change or water down Gods word and many groups like New Way Ministries are doing this. When God commands something in law and the Holy Spirit continues to reiterates and confirms the same concept we cannot we dare not change or tinker with God’s word.
I get what is going on here but men of God in leadership positions have to understand what I’m trying to spelling out. These groups are seeking to change God’s word, they want the sin part to be gone or have us look the other way but we can’t.
We can have compassion, we should and need to but people that struggle with these issues have to know what they are doing is sin and the Gospel cannot be changed to justify sin.
As of last week NBC’s world news anchor man Brian Williams has been caught in a lie from his 2003 Iraq Helicopter incident and now more possible lies have come to light. From having rockets fired under his helicopter in Israel, being in the Katrina flood in New Orleans and working in the White House during the Carter administration Williams is now under question whether any of these events truly happened the way they were told.
Proverbs 12:17 An honest witness tells the truth,but a false witness tells lies.
Why does this matter you might think so what if he spun some half truths to make the story a bit more exciting who wants to hear from a hum drum reporter.
Well it does matter, truth matters as the customer we should expect NBC to report the truth, I know that’s a stretch but a free press should be a responsible press
Yes truth matters, if we wanted half truth stories then NBC should disclaimer the nightly news with Brian Williams, “this may or may not be truthful account of today’s news”
Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
In my opinion NBC News and Williams are walking a fine line of dishonesty and truth. Williams works for NBC and represents the network no matter where he is and what he does, that’s the responsibility you take on when you report the world news every night to potentially everyone in America
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished,and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Will NBC and Williams continue to tell tall tells, will NBC allow half truths in the newsroom well that might just be entirely up to you the viewer.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Written by King David this is a very relevant quote that can use today even if we struggle with the idea that there is a God. One has to understand that God cares not only of your body but your mind and David knew this.
This is complete trust and faith that David is writing about, long before Jesus was even born David and many like him trusted in God.
Whether it was through profits, signs of wonder or even allowing God to guide his thoughts, David trusted God would be in control of his life and the situations that he would come into contact with.
You don’t have to sing like King David but know God is strength and love; he will protect you throughout the day not only with your physical self but with your well being too.