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Gay Marriage, Miley Cyrus, Clive Bundy, School Shootings

Gay Marriage, Miley Cyrus, Clive Bundy, School Shootings

This article by Neal Pollard perfectly illustrates an observation I recently made to myself after going through the statistics records of my blog.  In his article, Neal observes how people seem to be more interested in his articles that deal with sensationalistic issues than they are in articles that cover more straightforward biblical topics.  I see the same phenomenon in the stats in my own blog.

Case in point:  For several months for six days out of every week I would write an article on my blog which was a “Scripture of the Day.”  I would take a biblical passage and write a few paragraphs of commentary about it, usually bringing out what other passages in the Bible said about the subject matter covered in that particular verse.  On average, this would generate about 40 hits a day, give or take 10.

Compare that to the following.  The day after President Obama was re-elected, I wrote an article about how Christians should respond to his re-election.  That article received about 1,500 hits in one day, much more than the 80 or so hits I was averaging at the time for the religious articles I had been writing.

Fast forward to this year.  In late March, I wrote a review about the movie Noah.  I posted it in the early evening on the day the movie opened, and by day’s end I received over 1,900 reads, the most in one day my blog had ever received…until the next day when the Noah article received about 3,800 hits in one day.  For the next few days the number of people reading that article per day remained at that high level.

Around the same time I wrote an article about modesty, a hot-button topic in the religious world.  That also has received hundreds of hits in one day and continues to get lots of coverage.  Add to that an article I wrote recently about the comments made by a politician about earning his way into heaven.  That received on average much more hits than the “Scripture of the Day” articles.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m grateful for each and every reader that takes time out of their busy day to read my blog.  However, noticing how few readers there are for plain, direct Bible articles as opposed to how many readers there are for the more “sensational” articles I write leads me to make a challenge to all my readers, especially the ones who want to follow God.

First, check this scripture out:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

Here’s my challenge.  Whether it be my blog or anywhere else on the Internet, be looking first and foremost for the articles that talk directly about the Bible.  Read those first.  Ponder on them, meditate on them…especially if they talk about a verse that you’ve never read before or with which you aren’t very familiar.

After you do that, then look for the articles that give a biblical take on the hot-button issues of the day.  Read, ponder, and meditate on them too, because they hold value also.

Why am I giving you this challenge?  Because as the psalm above says, there is a lot of priceless spiritual value in daily consumption and meditation of the Bible as a whole…not just the verses in the Bible that condemn Miley Cyrus’s twerking.  You’ll be amazed at how stronger you’ll grow spiritually if you broaden your horizons concerning the Bible and reach out to learn more about Scripture as a whole.  Trust me on this.

 

What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?

The issue of homosexuality, specifically gay marriage, has been focused on a lot lately, especially as a hot topic of discussion in the news.  North Carolina voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman recently, to be followed a few days later by President Obama giving his unequivocal support of same-sex marriage.  At the conventions a few weeks ago, the Democratic Party officially endorsed same-sex marriage in its 2012 platform, while the Republican Party officially condemned it.  Watch the commentators on TV and read the blogs on the Internet, and you will be exposed to views on this subject ranging from complete acceptance and/or apathy to complete, unconditional rejection and/or hatred.  I’ve found it interesting that the Bible is often used by both sides to justify their views.  As a result, it can be easy to either misconstrue or be completely ignorant of what God’s Word says on the matter.  We are told to accurately handle God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15), and the way to do so on an issue like this is to simply take it for what it says with honest and open hearts rather than with preconceived prejudices (Luke 8:15).

Some say that the Bible promotes hatred of homosexuals.  They say that Christians are taught to speak hatefully to homosexuals, or even to promote or partake in acts of violence against them.  I have not found that to be true.  Yes, there are Old Testament passages which both condemn homosexuality and pronounce the penalty of death upon those who commit it (Lev. 20:13).  However, the Old Testament law of Moses was taken out of the way when Christ died (Col. 2:14-16) and the New Testament has taken its place (Heb. 8:6-13).  This New Testament, the law of Christ, is what we are under today, and the New Testament in no place teaches that Christians are to harm or speak hatefully to anyone (Eph. 4:29-32; Matt. 7:12), including homosexuals.  Therefore, the Bible promotes love of homosexuals, not hatred.

That said, it is clear that while the Bible promotes the love of all men, including homosexuals, it does not promote the acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.  The New Testament clearly condemns the practice of homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10).  Therefore, the Bible teaches that Christians are to love homosexuals, but not condone or approve of homosexuality.  There is a distinct difference.  You can love someone and yet not approve or condone what they choose to do.  Good parents do this with disobedient children all the time.  In fact, that’s how God is with us.

The Bible also makes it clear that homosexuals can become Christians, but only after they repent of the sin of homosexuality (1 Cor. 6:9-11).  In the cited passage, Paul welcomes those who were once homosexuals (as well as those who were once idolaters, thieves, greedy, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers) into the church, but he made it clear that they were no longer involved in such sins.  “And such WERE some of you…”  Repentance – the cessation of sins, including the sin of homosexuality – is the key.

Jesus died for everyone, including homosexuals. Will we accept his gift through our obedience, or will we reject him? (Heb. 10:26-31)

I recognize that this is not the most politically correct, “tolerant” message out there today.  But do not be deceived.  The Bible does not teach complete acceptance of homosexuality.  It does not teach that one should be apathetic about the subject.  However, it also does not teach hatred of homosexuals, or unconditional rejection regardless of repentance.  God loved the whole world, including homosexuals.  That’s why he sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us all (John 3:16).  It is up to us all, including those of us who are homosexual, as to whether or not we will accept that free gift of salvation through obedience to his will (Heb. 5:9).

When any of us who are sinners (and that would be all of us – 1 John 1:8) decide to accept God’s grace through obedience to his Word, he accepts us after we repent of our sins, and that is when we should accept each other – as Christians who have been washed clean of sin through the waters of baptism (Acts 22:16).