7 Burning Questions (Part 2)

The current issue of Relevant has a feature article with the 7 burning issues of our generation, and they have some of the leading voices in the Church today respond to them. I thought I’d answer the questions myself in a couple of posts and open the floor to let people respond. Here’s part two.

Burning Question Number Two: Homosexuality: How Should we respond?

Response:  I never understood how homosexuality became “the big sin”.  Somewhere along the line we (Christians), have made a list of sins and ranked them in order from bad to worse.  You can take the Lord’s name in vain and get drunk on Friday night and still be in the fellowship but once your gay or kill someone your out.  I understand that society makes a list but in God’s eyes, a sin is a sin.  This means that we as a body have let habitual sinners cast stones at homosexuality while refusing to have them deal with their own constant sin.  It’s easy to point the finger at a sinner, but just remember that there are three fingers pointing back at you.  “He who is without sin, throw the first stone”.

With that said, I don’t think we should let people remain in their sinnful state.  This include homosexuals, compulsive liars, those addicted to pornography, people living with each other out of wedlock, and everyone who has a “thorn in the flesh”.  We must respond to homosexuality the same way we respond to dealing with other sin issues.  Jesus was king at showing mercy and grace but never missed the chance to teach people how to remove sin from their life by trusting in Him.  He preached to “follow Him” constantly.  When the woman who was caught in adultly was thrown at Jesus feet He didn’t push her away.  He handled the situation by teaching the people and the woman a lesson about love and compassion.  1 Peter 5:6-9 tells us to…

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

How much time do we spend responding to sexual immorality and sin issues by being humble or taking the chance to learn how we can help one another through mercy and grace?  Is it possible that I could help my homosexual brother get over his hurdle while he helps me get over my sin issues at the same time?  Is it possible to grow together in our faith and relationship with God? When was the last time we responded by teaching people to cast their cares on the Lord together? What does this type of loving spiritual community look like?

The devil prowls around all the time.  He hides in sin and finds joy when we as Christians fight over issues while refusing to grow.  We forget to resist him.  We forget to teach people to resist.  We forget that we must overcome him together.  We forget to let the Holy Spirit work our lives.  To grow spiritual, we must respond together to overcome sin.  One of my favorite worship songs by the Desperation band states, ” We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony, everyone overcome”.

How powerful and awesome would it be if we responded to the homosexual community by first admiting we have sin in our lives and have a desire to overcome it.   What if we refused to let sin take hold of our lives and removed it by standing firm in the faith so others would want to break out as well because we are overcoming sin issues?  The bible says that “brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering”.  We need to respond by equipping brothers and sisters with Christ.  We need to show mercy, grace, compassion, and love.  A response of everyone overcoming!

How amazing would that be?

-Jordan

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2 Responses to “7 Burning Questions (Part 2)”


  1. 1 Francie September 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Yes!! Having my gay brother tell me how cruel some in the church have been makes my hurt (and I’m sure God’s) ache. It’s easy to make a sin “the worst” when you’ve have never been tempted by it. But that’s not God’s hierarchy. Thanks for this post.

  2. 2 Legien May 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Jordan,

    The idea that some sins are worse than others has been around for a long time, and is backed up by scripture. That being said, all sin is deadly, and we are all sinners in one respect or another.

    I appreciate your sentiments, and I am trying to put together something that will help. I have been writing about my own experience as someone who has struggled with homosexuality. I would love to get your take on what I’ve written so far.

    http://penitance.wordpress.com/why

    Thanks in advance for taking a look.


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