Monthly Archives: October 2013

Focusing on the Wrong Thing

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In the debate about ‘gay rights’ there is consistently a focus on the wrong thing. As agenda-driven language modifiers continue to force-feed a generation erroneous concepts such as ‘gay marriage’, there are other things being lost in the discussion other than an attempt at redefinition for personal gain. Surrounding the anti-logic of male-male and female-female ‘marriages’ is a deeper issue that is all but buried when the moral upholders meet the social deconstructionists.  Any thinking person of any degree of consistency can see that hijacking marriage is wrong purely from a non-moral position as words (and particularly socially significant words/standards) have meaning and consequence. However, I’d like to look at the right thing for a minute.

What gets lost in the homosexual shuffle is the fact that despite their same-sex affections, they are still sinners. Regardless of whether or not one believes in homosexuality as a particular sin, what about the rest of their behavior? The Scripture lays out a whole host of sins from gossiping and lying to hatred, murder, strife, childhood rebellion, despising authority, envy, jealousy, greed, anger, self-ambition, etc.

We focus on the wrong thing when we pick one particular sin and use it as a whipping post. The truth is we are all sinners. Every single one of us. We are condemned by God as such and can only escape our just judgment through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ who lived perfectly and who died horrendously as a substitutionary payment for what we deserve. Through His loving commitment to die in our place, we can receive the forgiveness of our sins, not matter how long the list.

No one can withstand the judgment seat of God on their own since we all fall short of perfection. Don’t get caught up in self-righteous thinking – defining yourself as one who doesn’t do X or Y because trust me, you may escape one thing, but will find yourself trapped in plenty more. It’s what sinners do; they sin. And for that we will all be held accountable. Straight, gay, pretty, fat, thin, smart, not-so-smart.

As the apostle Paul told the Greeks in Athens, “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man [Christ] whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

So in the midst of debating about morality, don’t get lost in the wrong thing. Focus on redemption. Focus on our need. Focus on grace. Focus on Christ.

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