Saturday, December 10, 2011

judging and truth

I continue to venture into the pits of vipers and for some reason still act surprised to find professing christians there defending the vipers. This past week I read another illogical post using an appeal by a boy in his early teens. This young man already identifies as homosexual and has been "bullied". The appeal is that homosexuality is 'ok' and that bullying is wrong. The fallen and the professing christians in the comment section defend any comment toward the boy's deception as judgmental (apparently a sin above all sins) while the thread strongly judges the bullies and Christians who have created a culture for that (and no one . Of course there is no detail of the nature of the so-called bullying and no analysis of the Christian culture, just emotional, generalized judgment. Note to self - stop expecting reason from an unregenerate mind. Not that it's not possible, just stop expecting it.

I say so-called bullying because there are no facts offered in the post and I know first hand that comments regarding homosexuality heard by those ensnared in sin are twisted into something supposedly ugly. Cse in point; Podigal Ministries recently attempted to increase its visibility on the University of Cincinnati campus by posting the following contact information in the campus paper:
Homosexuality: Support for unwanted same-gender attractions in a spirit of gentleness, humility and love. Twenty-five plus years of professional experience. Confidentiality respected.
To which a response by a student alliance claimed Prodigal's ad contained "hate speech" and they were outraged that the campus paper would have allowed it. The alliance continued by stating Prodigal was "prating shame and self hatred" among those who identified as homosexual. More; a separate organization wrote that they were "outraged and offended" at the Prodigal statement and that the statement was a "shocking rebuke to the University's Just Community Principles ..." adding "that a University-funded paper has the gall to run such an ad is utterly unacceptable and reprehensible." They implied that Prodigal violated UC's policies regarding discrimination  and were guilty of "discriminatory harassment".

It gets worse. The campus paper responded to these charges with "The motives behind the advertisement could be seen as more than questionable ... the message was something few could even attempt to agree with [i.e., claiming that sexual orientation is a choice and can be changed through a relationship to Jesus]. Yes we think it is more than a little bogus."

Wow. These are our college educators and educated. Folks it's clear who the bullies are. Their logic is as broken as their hearts and yet christians continue to fail to hold up the banner of truth being duped either by the blatant lies of the enemy or by emotional pleas with no rationale basis.

Worse, it is the christian who then feel defensive as we are called "judgmental". My brothers and sisters in Christ - do not accept that. I read yesterday Malachi 2.7-9; "For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.” Do not go the way of the false priests, be the true, holy priests He has called us to be (1 Pet 2.9).

It is a lie that we are not to judge. Do not be fooled. We must do this. Of course there is right and wrong judging and right and wrong ways to do so. But do not fall for the blanket statement that we are not to judge. It is a lie.

Malachi 4:

For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. 4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

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