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I Don’t Really Care What You Think

This week I saw an article about how one of the largest denominations near our former abode (3,000 strong) is putting a vote to its members on whether or not a split should occur. While it was stated that there were several items in question, the catalyst of the issue was based on whether or not to allow homosexual clergy to lead the congregation. At the end of the article you were able to read comments generated by the column. As you can imagine there were comments from both sides of the argument. However, there was one thing I was completely vexed about. While there were many opinions, never once did they mention what the Bible said about the issue. People gave their ideas on God, what they perceived His thoughts to be, and their own thoughts on religion, but they never turned to the Word God gave to us.

To be perfectly honest, in situations like this I don't really care what you think. The only thing that should be considered is what God says. I thought to myself, "This should not even be up for a vote, because our opinion does not matter." Do not get me wrong, God does love everyone and He proved this by giving His Son for us. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." (Rom. 5:8-9) However, he is also very clear about sin. He does not hate homosexuality more than other sin, he hates sin. To flaunt sin in the face of our Savior is the utmost in arrogance and only goes to prove the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools... Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the amen also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion (Romans 1:21-23, 26-27).

We are to, "Love as Christ loved us" (Eph. 5:2) but we are also to follow his commands, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed (John 8:31)!' Remember don't let our own thoughts or desires make us fools.

This was an article written by Wade McKnight of Chickasha, OK.

Submitted by:  Tim Woodward