Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Kinda missing the point

Look back in my archives, and you will see a post on "When Religion and Politics Mix." Go on - I'll wait until you come back.....

Back? Good. I made two points there. One was on the then upcoming vote in the Church of England on women bishops. I did a follow-up on that in "Fudge".

The other was on openly homosexual priests. An anonymous commenter made this reply.

Thanks for your interesting and candid comments. Wondering if you have ever happened upon a rather unusual article titled "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up." I found it while visiting Google. Mack

I'll save you the search - the relevant link is http://www.ucmpage.org/jedwards.html

It's an interesting article, I grant you that - and it is an argument I have heard of before. To me however, it misses the point in a fairly big way, which is this.

Who the hell are we to presume to know what God is thinking on this matter, in terms of when he may be coming back as opposed to the actual act?

I say "Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner." The writer of this article seems to be saying "Encourage the Sinner to Sin, so that the End Times can come more quickly."

Reality check, folks - We don't know when God is coming back. In fact, Jesus himself said in Matthew 25 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come..... You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

God wants us to repent of our sins, and some to him in that repentance, not to be encouraged to continue in their sin because we want to be in Glory with him that much more quickly.

And to those who might say "you are not seeking to advance God's kingdom", yes I am - in love for my fellow man, not in condemnation of them to a life without God. Jesus also said "Let him without Sin cast the first stone" when confronted by an angry mob wanting to stone an adulteress to death. Is what is written here really any different to that scenario? If not, then I can;t say I'm without sin - can you?

1 comment:

Irv said...

I'm confident that the author of that anti-gay item doesn't really want to see gays continuing in their sin. It's obvious to me that the writer was merely employing a form of reverse psychology in a shock treatment sort of way to get gays to think seriously about where they are headed. True, Christ said we don't know the day or hour of His return, but those words are in a posttrib setting which means that judgment on the world happens before that return (and those who profess to follow Christ will be judged FIRST, according to the NT). Just my thoughts. Irv