What Do We Do When The Church and Society Do Not Agree?
We as Christians sometimes are required to walk a narrow path between right and wrong concerning biblical teachings and what society will tolerate. Many prime time TV shows and movies are close to or already are unwatchable. If we are not careful we can easily get drawn in to worldly stuff that is not good for us to be involved in. Where do we stand morally on these issues and how do we live in this world, without compromising our faith. To be sure it is a difficult thing and you will revise you opinion numerous times before you get it right. How do we take a stand without alienating friends, family and the people we are trying to lead to Jesus?
The gospel singer has come under fire for referring to gay people as "perverted."
Gospel singer, Kim Burrell, has lost her radio show amid backlash over homophobic remarks she made during a church sermon in Texas.
Burrell, who came under fire for referring to gay people as “perverted,” will no longer host her show Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell on Texas Southern University’s KTSU-FM 90.9, the school said in a statement to the Associated Press.
The performer launched her radio show about five months ago.
A video that was widely circulated this week shows Burrell at a church preaching that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.”
The Narrow and Wide Gates: Matthew 7
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.
We need to be careful not to walk to close to the edge. Whatever narrow is, I want to stay well within the safe limits. We didn’t make these laws but the one who did is far wiser than us and they were made with great thought and love.
It’s not just about right and wrong, it’s about love and respect. We are the creation and not the creator. His ball, His rules, but when you add in His great love, it’s for a right purpose and reason then that makes it about trust for mankind. We trust that God has His and our, best outcome at heart.
Some scriptures relation to sexual sins:
1. Genesis 19:5:
"And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them."
2. Leviticus 18:22:
" Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
3. Leviticus 20:13:
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
4. Deuteronomy 23:17:
“There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel."
5. Judges 19:22:
"Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him."
6. Jude 1
7 in a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
7. 1 Corinthians 7
2 But since sexual immorality is occurring; each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.
8. Romans 1:26-27:
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
9. 1 Corinthian 6:9:
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind."
10. 1 Timothy 1:9:10:
"Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"
This commentary is by Pastor Jonathan Parnell (Cities Church in Minneapolis)
To be sure, the masses increasingly make no bones about sin in general. Innumerable people are idolaters, not to mention those who are sexually immoral, or who commit adultery, or who steal and are greedy and get wasted and revile neighbors and swindle others. It happens all the time. And each of these unrepentant sins are the same in the sense of God’s judgment. They all deserve his wrath. And we’re constantly reminded that “such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11). You in the church.
But as far as I know, none of those sins is applauded so aggressively by whole groups of people who advocate for their normalcy. Sexual immorality is no longer the tip of the spear for the progressive push. Adultery is still frowned upon by many. Accusations of greed will still smear a candidate’s political campaign. Thievery is still not openly embraced, and there are no official initiatives saying its okay to go take things that don’t belong to you. There’s no such thing as a drunken agenda yet. Reviling others still isn’t seen as the best way to win friends and influence people. Swindling, especially on a corporate level, usually gets someone thrown into jail. In fact, the infrastructure of the American economy depends upon, in some measure, our shared disdain for conniving scammers.
The current debate is plagued by this binary lens. Those on the left, try to lump everyone who disagrees with them into that right side. If you don’t support, you hate. Meanwhile, those on the right see compromise and spinelessness in anyone who doesn’t get red-faced and militant. If you don’t hate, you support.
But true followers of Christ will walk neither path. We have something to say that no one else is saying, or can say.
Distancing ourselves from both the left and the right, we don’t celebrate homosexual practice, we acknowledge God’s clear revealed word that it is sin; and we don’t hate those who embrace homosexuality, we love them enough to not just collapse under the societal pressure. We speak the truth in love into this confusion, saying, simultaneously, “That’s wrong” and “I love you.” We’re not the left; we say, this is wrong. And we’re not the right; we say, you’re loved. We speak good news, with those sweetest, deepest, most glorious words of the cross — the same words that God spoke us — “You’re wrong, and you’re loved.”
Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.
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