Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gay Marriage: What's the problem?

The earliest known "Historical record" that we have is The Bible. The very first book of the Bible clearly shows that a "Marriage" is between a man and a woman. Even the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job shows that a "Marriage" is between a man and a woman.

Fast forward 5,000 years and all of a sudden, we can't see the forest for the trees. We're trying to "forget on purpose" what we all know to be a fact. There are TWO SEXES. Every 5 year old can tell you that. Boy and Girl... The whole "Battle of the Sexes" that involved women gaining "equal rights" to men, resulted in the U.S. Government seeing men and women as equals in the workforce and elevated women's general status as "property" to equal citizen with the right to vote (among other things).

So we've got MAN and WOMAN. Two SEXES. What constitutes "a sex"? Well, what reproductive organs you were BORN with. Sure, there's a rare condition that finds babies born with both genitalia, but for 99.9999% of the population of the planet, we've got just one.

People may not realize this, but by helping in the fight for "equal rights for homosexuals", you're helping them DEFINE a WHOLE BUNCH of make believe NEW SEXES! Think about it!

MALE
FEMALE...............
TRANSGENDER
HOMOSEXUAL
INTERSEX
BISEXUAL
LESBIAN
QUEER
HIJRA
GAY

Here's the rub, if you're born with a penis and decide that "you were really meant to be a woman" and then have an operation, YOUR DNA DOES NOT CHANGE. You are still a MAN, you've just "clipped off" a pretty important piece of equipment. So you've had the operation and now you want EQUAL RIGHTS! Wait a minute! Isn't there something somewhere that says, "All men are created equal". Oh yeah, it's in the Declaration of Independence of the United States! Created involves a CREATION. Body mutilations are not creations.

By granting people "Special Status" for which Gender they prefer to have sexual relations with, we're elevating these people to a level that's unheard of.

NOTE: Now before someone out there starts yelling "HATE CRIME", allow me to share something with you. I DO NOT HATE HOMOSEXUALS (of any of the varieties listed above). Why would I? I do however hate SIN. All kinds of sin, ESPECIALLY MY OWN SINS! So from the perspective of "hating sin" in all its forms, I have every right to hate the sin (God certainly does), but nowhere in Scripture does God dictate that you and I should "Hate the sinners!". If He did, we'd have a big problem, because every single MORTAL-HUMAN that's ever lived, whether it's your beloved mother or your sainted grandma, WAS A BIG FAT SINNER.

So unless and until they make "sinners" a minority, there's no hate crime being committed.

The Preamble of the US Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Do you see what I see here? It's so obvious, I believe an 8 year old child could make sense of that.

The "Creator" (God), has "created", "all men", "equal". That's the MALE AND FEMALE of the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE. The "Creator" (God), did not create 3 SEXES. There are only 2 kinds of HUMAN, Man and Woman. To entertain that God created more than 2 kinds of HUMAN being, is to COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY DESTROY the fabric of society.

NOTE: Again, don't get me wrong, ALL PEOPLE should have quality and inexpensive access to health care. ALL PEOPLE should have the right to WILL their belongings to whomever they please. ALL PEOPLE should be considered for qualification for employment (unless their personal beliefs are at odds with the employer). In other words, if you're a practicing homosexual, a Christian church does and should have the right not to hire you in the same way that an abortion clinic should have the right to not hire someone who belongs to a Pro-Life organization.

And that brings us back to the main question: What's the problem?

First of all, a "homosexual" is a person who is GENETICALLY a MALE and attracted to other MALES or a person who is GENETICALLY FEMALE and is attracted to other FEMALES. A "practicing homosexual" (using the same definition from above), is someone who is not only attracted to someone of the same GENETIC disposition as they are, but they also have "relations of a sexual nature" with someone of the same GENETIC disposition. Why the separation? There are Christians who have long recognized their "attraction" to people of the same gender as themselves, but they have not ACTED UPON THEIR LUSTS. Even though there was no "word" during Biblical times for "Homosexual", the act itself is clearly detailed for us to AVOID.

Romans 1:26-32 - For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Leviticus 18:22 - You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.

NOTE: Now don't get me wrong, I don't want to know who or what you have sexual relations with. Really. If you're a man and you want to have your way with another man, then by all means, I wouldn't dream of "stopping you". But why in the world should the governments of the world extend special privileges to you, just because you want to have sex with another man? The foundation of the world has always been based upon the union of Man and Woman, together. We wouldn't be here, if every man wanted a man and every woman wanted a woman. There'd be no PEOPLE. So if you want to do these things, do them. But stop trying to impose your immorality upon the rest of us.

Inasmuch as I don't discuss with you what my wife and I do behind closed doors, what you do behind your closed door is irrelevant (with respect to the Government and their laws). If you have no interest in God and you have no interest in normal male/female relationships, that's great. If you're shunned or discriminated for "general employment" by people who would call themselves "Christians", because you have "exchanged the natural use for what is against nature", then you're not really dealing with a mature Christian. But on the flip-side, there's no "Christian" church in the world that should hire you, because after all, your values do NOT line up with the Scriptures. But as far as you having "special status" granted to you, that's just wrong and a clear and obvious departure from what our founding fathers had in mind.

Oh yeah, one more thing... To those of you who believe that nonsensical story of about how "Jesus blessed the union of two gay men in the Bible", that's one of the most salacious and blatantly untrue lies that I've seen come out of this entire debate. Some people will do or say anything in order to "get their way".

NOTE: Just for the sake of clarity, I do not "condone" any of the LGBTQIH-XYZ choices. What you do in your bedroom is not open to public debate. I will love you just as much as I can love anyone, but you can not expect me to support or be tolerant of any abhorrent behavior that has the potential of dividing families and even worse, dividing the Church.

Somewhere, somehow, people decided that what they "feel" or "believe" should take precedence over what God and the Bible have to say. Today, the Catholic church is in turmoil, because individuals are making "personal decisions" about how they "feel" about what God has to say. Neither I, nor anyone else has a right to "interpret" or otherwise adjust Scripture to "fit" with what you'd rather believe. If each of us could only place more faith and trust in God, we'd make our lives much easier.

The act of "banding together", in order to effect "change" to broaden both the acceptance of and to "normalize" homosexual relationships is insanity. If you're not happy that you were born a man or a woman, I'm truly sorry to hear that. But instead of FORCING society as a whole to change, instead I'd sooner see you get counseling to find out what went wrong during your childhood that made you come to believe what you do. I'm sorry if that's offensive to you, but aside from that extremely rare medical condition mentioned earlier, if you've become enamored with the idea of "same gender" relationships (whether you're gay or just a supporter), something had to have gone wrong in your childhood.

1. No father present during your early childhood?
2. Single mother home?
3. Overbearing mother?
4. Father beat you or otherwise mistreated you?
5. Father molested you?
6. Mother molested you?
7. Neighbor, friend or other family member molested you?
8. Exposed to sexually oriented pictures or videos as a child?
9. Raised by a parent who fits into one of the "homosexual" categories from above?
10. Taught that "you can do whatever you want to, as long as nobody gets hurt"?

I'm sure there are many more reasons, but the 10 items above fit 99.9999% of the cases in the world. Homosexuality used to be considered "an illness". From a psychological perspective (and if you're being honest with yourself), can't you see how any of those 10 things listed above could effect the way you "see the world" around you? That isn't to say that "anyone" who was effected by any of those things would turn out to display homosexual tendencies (or support them), because everyone is different. Some people are more emotionally distant and wouldn't be effected the same way as someone who wears their heart on their sleeve.

So before someone asks me to show my PhD (which I most certainly do not have), I just want to be clear that there ARE reasons for everything in this world. Your ability to SEE them and recognize them for what they are, is called "discernment". Some of you have it and some of you don't. You can be taught to discern things of the world, but you have to want to learn. Just as with all things, I can neither make you want the things that God wants, nor can I force you to change. All I can do is continue to love you and offer you my guidance and a caring ear.

I pray that this blog post helps SOMEONE to better understand that Homosexuals are no different from "liars, thieves and murderers". Sin is sin. God doesn't see any one particular sin as worse than the other. Sin is sin. And until you understand your sinful nature, you're never going to be any closer to God than you are today.

The term " Christians for Gay Marriage " is an oxymoron.  Christians should want to help their brothers and sisters keep away from sin, not encourage them to further force God into doling out His Grace.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gold and Friendship

There's something to be said about the similarities between Gold and Friendship...

Some might say that Gold is the most valuable commodity in the world today. I would argue that real and abiding friendship is even more valuable.

In today's society in the United States, some might only consider someone a friend, based on how useful you are to them. This should be no surprise, Satan accused God of having that same kind of relationship with Job! (Job 1:6-12)

Gold is a malleable metal. That means that it's shape can be easily changed from one form to another. In today's world, we use Gold for all sorts of things, from currency, to jewelry, to a coating on electronic connectors in order to prevent corrosion. Sometimes friendships have to be flexible and be able to change too.

For instance, I have a dear friend of mine who's name is George. At one point in his life, he had a deep passion, a real fire burning within him for the Lord. Today, his reliance upon God is at an all time low. I believe that God is working with George, in order to help him get to the point where God needs him. George however is as stubborn as a mule. Much like Job, God has seen fit to take away almost everything that he values, except for his life. While this should bring George closer to God, it continues to keep him at arms length.

Today, George and I are still very much friends, but like the Gold we started off talking about, the shape of our friendship has changed. We used to speak daily, talking about how Great God is. Now, we speak maybe once a month, but instead of us talking about how Great God is, George now focuses the conversation on how rough he has it. You see, I don't love George any less, but our friendship has changed. I miss our daily talks, but I'm okay with it.

You see, God "deposits people" into our lives at different times and for different reasons. There's really no way for us to ever know who it's going to be, nor when, nor why they're going to be brought into our lives. God doesn't tell us that. It's incumbent upon each of us to never place too much reliance upon any "friend", but instead place our TOTAL RELIANCE upon God instead.

May God Bless each of us with a friend so dear, even if it's only for a little while. Just remember, it's God that is forever! (Lamentations 5:19)