Saturday, 16 June 2012

Speak Up!

Recently, many of the western countries have been affected by serious 'equality' themed movements, e.g. abortion, homosexuality.etc. - some for the better but most, for the worse.

In the UK, the government opened a consultation, proposing to redefine marriage to accommodate 'gay marriage' on the basis of 'equal rights', when already, civil partnerships are available! A strong movement grew against this redefinition across Britain called the 'Coalition for Marriage' - this was supported by many political leaders, people of many faiths, heterosexuals and even homosexuals.

Slightly digressing, just to be clear on this issue - 'Marriage' shouldn't be redefined as it is a sacred institution whether people CHOOSE to involve God into it or not, it was intended to be between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN, God willing, for life.
Supporting this view doesn't make you a 'homophobe'!
What does 'homophobia' mean? - It is the 'fear' or 'hatred' of homosexuals. Remember, Jesus said that 'hatred' towards a person itself is a sin as it is equivalent to murder! Besides, there is a HUGE difference between hating the sin and hating the sinner; we are called to hate homosexuality but to love homosexuals.
Homosexuality is a sin (as it is not a part of God's intended world system), just like lying, adultery and murder; thus, we ourselves, are no better (James 2:10 "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking it all.")! As much as God is love, He is also a just judge - although God loves us as we are, like one of my favorite preachers, Pastor Barry King, puts it, "He loves us too much to leave us unchanged." Yes, rights are essential however, there is a limit. On the grounds of 'equality' everything and anything under Heaven DOES NOT become permissible!

My digression has just slightly touched on one tiny example, unfortunately, the number of examples available are growing...

As a Christian what should our response be? 
Should we ignore the rise of sinfulness around us? Should we just keep laws separate from our beliefs? Should we just care about our spiritual stand and sinfulness?

As I pondered on the above thoughts a few days back, I came across this powerful verse - the message is clearly stated for the Christian. 

Romans 1:32 "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them"

Woe to the aloof! 

When we know that it is a sin, we need to stand up against it. Someone on Twitter put it this way: 'When a dog's owner is attacked, the dog barks, likewise, when God's word is attacked, we need to speak up.'
It is a sin to remain silent against sinfulness! If you're aiming for popularity, do not follow what I'm writing right now as you are very well going to be hated by many. They may brand you as a 'Bible-basher', 'homophobe', 'Jesus freak', 'hater' - but who cares! Can't you bear to take just a flavor of the immense ridicule Jesus had to take. He did warn us and say we had to bear His Cross!

Proverbs 27:5 "Better is open rebuke than hidden love"

This is a calling - a general calling that applies to every Christian - yes, including you and me!

By remaining silent against sinfulness and the rise of it, we are actively allowing many to sin - thus have a share of the blame. We know where they're headed, the indisputable reality of hell, yet we do nothing to warn or help them - can't you see the lack of love!

James 5:20 "remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins"

What do I mean by 'speaking up'?

I don't literally mean taking a microphone and yelling down the road! If you have the courage and the confidence to do it, go for it! However, not all of us are gifted that way.
Thus do what you can - from wearing a catchy t-shirt, to writing to the government or taking part in forums, there are numerous options available for you to choose from. When you step out in faith, God will honor your trust and will do the rest. His word does not come back void.

Finally, as Ephesians 4:15 beautifully reminds us, we ought to '...speak the truth in love...'. The criticism we face, is generally due to hateful self-righteous rebuke - let us not forget our own flawed, imperfect selves that God has saved and is continually transforming. Grace is essential while speaking up!

Someone needs to tell this generation where they're headed. 
Someone needs to point out right from wrong. 
Someone needs to accentuate the fact that everything that makes you happy isn't right, lasting or permissible. 
Is that someone going to be you? 
If not, ask yourself, 'WHY NOT?'

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