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“But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Matthew 10:19-20)
Let us not forget that in serving the Lord, we have been granted the “power to bring down fortresses” … physical or spiritual strongholds of the enemy. And let us clarify the act of issuing a judgment … it is not bad at all. It is merely looking at what God says is OK in His Holy Word (Bible) and comparing the actions of ourselves or others against it. If the actions do not measure up then that is the real counterproductive behavior. Am I advocating a works-based salvation? Not at all. Grace is the only hope we have. Does this mean we cannot look at a saved brother (the new gay Episcopal bishop or Christian who engages in homosexuality or “union” with another man) and feel pain for they are missing out on the blessings of the Lord? Or even wonder if they are truly in Christ? No, it does not.
Judgmental is a word bandied about a lot and in the last decade has been given a meaning that is socially undesirable. It is another way of saying one is “intolerant”. Well, I guess I am. Not a raving, sign carrying, screaming zealot throwing tracts around at gay-bars, but it sickens me the way gay people are included in every TV show as if it were the most normal thing in the world. It is not. It grieves the Lord. And it makes me fairly sick to my stomach to see men and women giving public displays of affection to same sex men and women. Why? B/C it is not in the nature of us who have been redeemed by Christ to think of that as natural or OK. Do I love those folks? Sure do. Work with a couple for 38 hours straight (no pun intended) that are great folks. Will I ever pull back from standing on the truth that their lifestyle is wrong just b/c they can point out an example of some priest or bishop or youth minister who is a sexual deviant? Lovingly, I will not. I will calmly and lovingly present the truth to them over and over when given the chance.
And when they say, “Well that is YOUR idea of what is right … how can you push it on me?” I can truthfully and lovingly tell them, “It is not what I think is right, it is what He has told me is right in His word.”
How will they listen? Well, after many conversations about non-gay issues (their families, fishing, sport-shooting, their travels, their dreams) and sharing a meal or two, then we have engaged in fellowship and they are more willing to listen. Then I count on the Holy Spirit to do His thing. “Do not worry for what you will say. For when the time comes it will not be you talking, but the Holy Spirit talking through you.” (my paraphrase)
I hear one minister say if God lets America and Canada go on the way they are morally without doing something, then He needs to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah! I thank God for the remnant who are constantly standing in the gap for our nation!