Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I was reminded yesterday of the story of Daniel in the lions’ den found in the 6th chapter of the book that bears his name. His dedication and courage were evident when he continued to pray openly to his God knowing it was in violation to a new law which was specifically enacted at the spur of the moment by his adversaries. They just wanted to do away with him because of his faith in the one true God. He knew in advance that his continued show of dedication to his God would likely have him thrown into a den of lions, but he did it anyway.
Now, the day has come when all of God’s children need to be dedicated and courageous just like Daniel. Ironically, the new nationwide law which was enacted this past weekend may force us to show the world where we stand regarding the issue of same sex marriages. Up to now, I have been silent on the matter and although I realize that I will have to be more careful than ever about what I write and say, my absence has mostly been due to the fact that I have not been able to sit down in front of my computer.
Somebody asked me this question yesterday: “In your opinion, what does God think about all this?” I replied that I am a very simple minded man and I believe the answer is very simple as well. To begin with, I cannot honestly say that I believe in God, if I don’t believe the Bible. And if I believe the Bible, I believe that God does not change, that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (See Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8) If He is the same as He has always been, then He still detests homosexuality and has not changed His mind or has approved of it all of a sudden. (Here are a few bible references on that matter: Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 and Romans 1:18-32)
Even so, we cannot forget that we are living in the age of God’s grace whose start I believe was typified at Calvary’s Cross when Jesus uttered, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” God has not changed His mind on this matter or sin in general but in His mercy and grace is allowing mankind ample time to repent before Christ makes His return. Meanwhile it is our duty to love and treat others as Christ did, regardless of who they are, even if they don’t believe as we do. We have to be careful also how we react to those who openly oppose us and be prepared to the sometimes intolerant stand taken by those who claim we are the intolerant ones. As God’s children, it is likely we will be accused of more wrongs than before but if we live as Christ would have us live, all these accusations will be false ones.
Memory verse for the week: (2 Peter 3:9 KJV) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.”