Since you probably were not there, lazy Christian, there was a rally on the courthouse steps yesterday, put on by the Montana Family Foundation. They have been battling this issue at the state level for at least three sessions as liberal advocates have attempted to add the sexually confused and homosexualists to the protected classes we currently know as race, sex and gender as Jeff Laszloffy pointed out.
Then final speaker was one Bishop Porter a pastor from Denver who has been applying his Christianity to public policy for years. I thought his message was good, it was about as much as you can get away with these days. You aren’t going to convince anyone that race was not the defining issue of our history or the basis of slavery. And no one really cares that they wrongly think the Civil War was about slavery. But the Matthew Shepard incident he got blatantly wrong. It’s wasn’t an anti-gay hate crime it was a drug deal gone bad. And how messed up is it anyway, that murder impacts us more if it is a homosexualist instead of any other human being? But the rest of his message was good and biblical. He pointed out that in Scripture love is a two edged sword of compassion and correction. This is evident in Jesus’ ministry. He showed compassion everywhere he went as he healed the sick and the lame. But he also spent just as much time correcting the errors of the people and their religious leaders, and his disciples. ”For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrews 12:6 Like we discipline our children God disciplines those who are truly his children.
It was disappointing that so few people where there. I guess it makes sense, the Church should be ashamed of herself. Romans 1 makes it clear than when homosexual behavior is rampant it is a sign that God has left the building. He is no longer disciplining us, he turns us over to our iniquity. The created order is very simple, sex in keeping with the created order isn’t hard to figure out. But it has become that way because our minds were darkened with sin. People chose to worship what is not natural and he turns them over to their unnatural practices. This is the current state we are in. But how did this happen? From groups of people sailing over to this continent, with Bibles in hand, setting up a country as close as they could come to the law of God, to today, something went terribly wrong. The Church went terribly wrong. Jesus makes it clear in the Sermon on the Mount that the Jews were supposed to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. They were supposed to provide light, guidance, wisdom the the world about the laws of God that liberate from sin. But they didn’t do it, they hid it under a basket. They were supposed to be the salt, the preservative, keeping the world around them on target with God’s law, but instead they forget it themselves, they lost their saltiness. It has always been understood that the same things are true of the Church. We are the children of God, we are his heirs, we will judge the earth and the angels. We have the wisdom of God and we are supposed to spread it to all the world. But we have not. If only we had but passed it on to our children we could have avoided the mess we are in. We didn’t have masses of pagans to convert, we only had to remain true. Sure there were the Indians and we ministered to them as faithfully as we could, despite what you have heard. But the majority of people here today are descended from those historically Christian. Fewer and fewer people have conversion stories these days, but more and more have unconversion stories. If not them, then their parents. The Church has lost it’s saltiness. How can we lead the world when we can’t even lead ourselves?
We, the Church, don’t even follow the word of God why should the world around us? And so the homosexualists press at the door, trying to pass legislation limiting where we can practice our Christianity, in an attempt to ease the burning of their lust. But we know nothing will soothe that lust besides the truth of God’s Word. But they don’t know, we need to tell them and we need to live it ourselves. They want to limit where we can practice our religion to organized church buildings. But I think we already have. We don’t find victory by out worlding the world, by trying to live up to their definition of ‘love’. A love about accepting whatever sin and not judging anyone. We find victory by being the Church that Jesus intended. A close knit body loving one another so much that the world takes note. A body walking this earth with wisdom in every area of life and godliness, that must be acknowledged like the wisdom of Solomon. Queens will come from afar and our neighbors will sit up an take note. And certainly our children should continue to walk faithfully.
So we can either sit at home as the world falls apart and lament the mess or we can do what we are supposed to do.