Sexual Confusion #10

Thinking clearly, acting gracefully.

John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

These past ten articles have been aimed at addressing the issue of the sexual confusion that is rampant in our culture. I have no intention of standing in judgment of others but of proclaiming the truth. The truth that I proclaim is reality from God’s perspective. This truth is revealed in His Word. This truth stands in opposition to the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the day. As a result, that opposition has lashed out at the light shining in the darkness and called the light ‘hate.’
We should receive Jesus’ words with grace and humility. When we believe and proclaim Jesus’ words we will be opposing the kingdoms of this world. We will be opposed, rejected and ridiculed. So, our lives should reflect His, in word and deed. Remember, God so loved the world that He gave His Son. We are not those filled with hate that desire judgment to fall on the wicked. We thank God for His grace that has restrained that judgment. We are included in the beloved due to this grace. We want that grace increased so that our loved ones can also hear the good news of the Father’s love and provision.

We may be accused of “hate crimes” because we do not accept the majority ruling. We may be called a bigot because we do not accept the wisdom of the world. Our culture would not say that they hate Jesus, but His words were strong and are the source of what is accused as ‘hate speech’. Jesus said that He was the only way, which infuriates some. He said that if His words were not received then they were deceived. Jesus said that He did not come to judge for the world was under judgment already. He came to seek and save the lost.

In conclusion, we should also have love as our aim. We are not to stand in judgment or point the finger, but to walk in love. The light of the truth should light our path, should direct our steps, and should give us clear direction. As we walk in the truth, we will be reviled as Jesus was reviled. We must also lay down our lives as He laid down His life. The contemporary Message translation of Matthew 10:38 states “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.”

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