As a Christian utterly committed to God my Father, I have consciously and willingly dedicated my life to Him. As a Believer, in order not to succumb to a culture where Satan has become so entrenched in everyday life, I have to wake up and say to God each day, "Lord, Your will NOT mine be done. Guide me to live each day for Your glory and for Your kingdom. Forgive me for my sins, for my weakness, and for my fear. Break my heart for what breaks Yours, Lord. I seek You today, what will You have me do for You?" I NEED to say these things to God each day, because if I don't I tend to fall into seeking MY will and thinking about MYSELF far to much.
I want love and acceptance for all people. I believe that we were all made in God's image, and as such are all loved deeply by God. Does God love the homosexual as much as the heterosexual? I believe the answer is absolutely yes. Does God love the murderer as much as the missionary? I believe the answer is absolutely yes. Does God love the sinner as much as the saint? Yes, yes, yes. The argument here is not and never has been about who God loves and who God doesn't love. God LOVES the sinner, but God HATES the sin. Period, end of story.
So here I am, struggling because I know I must say something. Silence sends its own message, and for better or worse, when God made me He did not make me the silent one. God also made me a lover of people, and I do not want my words to be hurtful to those I love. I believe I can still love you, even if I don't agree with you. This should not be a battle for who is right. God will sort that out in due time. BUT, because I love you, I must share my feelings with you. I must share God's Word with you, because it is what He has asked of me. We all have been given a job here on earth. A purpose for why we are here. It may have taken God 40 years to finally get through to me, but now that He has, I cannot sit silently by while people in my circle of influence struggle to find salvation.
At the end of the day, I am still struggling to find the right words. I will continue to pray for all of us, because decisions like this shuttle this world further and further from God. In the meantime, this post by Benjamin Watson says everything I feel so well. I'm grateful for believers who are unafraid to speak the truth, even at great risk to themselves. I hope you will take time to read- it is long, but very much worth it.
Benjamin Watson- Love Wins