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The Ongoing Conflict

11 Oct

On any given day, followers of Jesus face conflict. We are in a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral, godly and ungodly. The war is primarily a spiritual one, an inward struggle between our fallen, human nature and the new nature which we have in Christ. The Bible refers to the steady conflict between “flesh” and “spirit.”
In addition to the personal fight that believers must contend with, there is also the war between us and the unbelieving world. The Bible tells us not to love the world nor the things in the world. We must abstain from attitudes and actions which displease and dishonor God, even if that means we are to have enemies. While we are commanded to love others with the unconditional love of God, we are nonetheless called to take sides and oppose people and their sinful behaviors. As much as we dislike confrontation, avoiding it is impossible for true Christians.
One such war is the one which involves following the teachings of Christ and being an American. Many Christians happen to be patriotic citizens who support their nation and it’s military. I am that person. I am a proud American and a flag-waving patriot. My first allegiance, however, is to Jesus. When a conflict arises between pleasing God and pleasing man, I will obey The Lord first. I make no apologies for my commitment.
With regards to the issue of same-sex marriage, we are facing one of the most significant cultural changes since time began. Nothing has been more radical nor controversial. Herein is my personal conflict. As an American, I fully understand this to be a civil rights issue. I would personally support the establishment of civil unions, whereby tax-paying, law-abiding citizens are not penalized nor discriminated against simply because they have chosen to have a life partner of the same sex. In my opinion(as an American) homosexuals should have the same civil rights as heterosexuals. I personally disagree with homosexuality, but I do not dislike nor judge homosexuals. They are people just like me. We are all sinners who put our pants on one leg at a time.
As a follower of Jesus, however, I strongly oppose homosexual marriage. I cannot and will not support it, not now and not ever. Why? Because my first allegiance is to God and His written Word. You see, I am one of those old-fashioned, uncompromising Christians who believes that the Bible is my authority and guide. I am obligated (as an undeserving recipient of God’s grace and eternal salvation) to obey what the Bible says. Therefore, I will have enemies on this particular issue. There will many who will not take a stand for God’s Word on this hot topic, but will give into public pressure and personal emotions. As hard as the proponents for same sex marriage try, they are unable to make a biblical case for their argument. The book of Genesis is not contradicted by the New Testament nor the personal words of Jesus. God’s design has been, and will continue to be, marriage between one woman and one man, period. My stance is not AGAINST same sex couples. Rather my stance is FOR biblical marriage. And yes, the critics are right: the Bible also teaches against adultery, co-habitation and divorce amongst heterosexuals. And yes, no one sin is any greater than another. None of that, however, changes the design of our Heavenly Father. His plan is still perfect, while our obedience to the plan may not be.
In conclusion, we are called to love. Jesus even told us to love our enemies. In the cultural wars between right and wrong, Christians will be forced to choose sides. Conflict is both inevitable and unavoidable. As an American, I can see that same sex marriage will soon be the law of the land. As a Christian minister, however, I will not agree with the law. If I am left alone to only marry heterosexuals all would be good. If I am forced to disobey the laws of my God, I will choose to disobey the laws of man instead. I truly hope that I will never be forced to do so.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer

 

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