This post has been a couple weeks in the writing.
I was thinking about this lately and decided it would be this week’s topic. It fits pretty well with what I posted before, because the world is always telling Christians we are judgmental.
When judging is the topic folks automatically turn to Mat. 7. Mat 7 :1 makes a bold statement. Judge not lest you be judged. If this were all the Bible had to say on judging it would be ok. It is not. If you read Luke 12, Jesus gives an in depth statement, predicting the way things today would be. Father against son and so on. In verse 57 Jesus says, “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?” So we are to judge some things, otherwise Jesus would contradict himself and God does not do that.
Yes there are things we are to judge. Sin is to be condemned on all sides. However we are also to be wary. 1 Corinthians 5 gives a good example of how we are to judge. A man there had taken his father’s wife. It seems from reading that the Corinthian church was prideful of being tolerant of this man. Paul slams them good on that one. He calls them arrogant. Later he arrives at the crux of the matter we face to day though. 1Co 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
1Co 5:13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
We are to judge those who claim to be believers. NOT those in the world. So what does this mean? Well those churches welcoming the gay couples need to reread their Bible for one. For another we are not supposed to force our Bible on the world.
So what does this mean for the current conflict? Well, marriage is a covenant between a man a woman and God. God tells us in Genesis Gen 2:23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Gen 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Gen 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
So men are not taken from men to be a suitable helper for them. Woman however was. God did not say 2 men could become 1 flesh, nor 2 women. It takes 2 different parts to make the whole. This is reiterated by Christ when He quotes these verses in Mat. 19 and Mark 10.
I have heard that modern scholars now doubt that Paul “meant” such a condemning tone when speaking on homosexuality in Romans. Well then they need to restudy scripture because God’s opinion on the act has been clear from the start. He created male and female. Not male and male. He told his first chosen people, the Israelites to kill such as practiced this; he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in part due to the practice. Then he says again that he created male and female in the New Testament. He calls it not just sin but an abomination. He condemns the practice in Romans, 1 Corinthians 6, and 1 Timothy 1. A very clear message rings out.
Just because a judge decides even if it is the SCOTUS it is ok, for Christians, it is NOT ok. We can not accept it no matter what laws are passed. Why? Because God, the foundation of our Faith says not to. Anyone who accepts this act can not claim to be a Christian. Why? God says this is not acceptable so either we agree with God or we side with the world, we can not do both. God called us to be in the world but not part of it.
This is not the only thing the world has come up with though trying to get Christians to weaken so they will fit in. Drinking is one too. God gives us liberty to drink. Not to get drunk. Now the world has decided that those who get drunk just can’t help themselves. They have a disease called alcoholism. God says be self controlled in all things. Including drinking. Now though we are to consider these folks disabled and coddle them along. The bottom line is those who really truly want help, can over come this issue.
So how can you answer a person when they demand you stop being so “judgmental”?
Combining 2 verses of scripture. Look at them intently and calmly let this be the end of your statement.
Act 4:19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,
Jos_24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, (snip)But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”