When I was growing up, my uncle had a cabin on a lake in western New York. He would take us out on his motorboat for rides around the lake. We would fish and swim, or at least play in the water. On holidays, everyone on his end of the lake would line their docks with lit flares after sundown – the whole shoreline would be ablaze with red lights surrounding the darkness of the lake water, all under a canopy of stars with lightning bugs chiming their light into the picture as well. Donna & I even had our honeymoon there. That corner of New York has always had a special place in my heart.
Recently, the government of New York State passed a law that allows gay 'marriage'. This saddens me greatly, especially since I have emotional ties to that state. However, it does not shock me nor discourage me. Sinners sin. Now, that may seem like a ‘duh’ statement, but it is one that we (meaning I) tend to forget. Sinners sin. Governments that consist of sinful people will do sinful things. We are called to love them and pray for them (Matthew 5:44), especially for their salvation (Acts 26:29). The sin of sinners should not surprise us but should motivate us to love and prayer.
What does surprise me, however, is the response of some who profess Christ. A minister from New York City, when interviewed about this new law, said “I think it is an occasion for members of our society who have been burned by narrow-minded religion to see that it doesn't have to be that way.” Narrow-minded? Hello? Apparently, the Scriptures are too narrow-minded for some folks, who have abandoned the authority of Scripture, both in the past and today.
A cursory reading of the Scriptures portrays narrow-mindedness in a different light. Jesus himself said that ”… For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:14). He also said “Not everyone who calls out ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). Romans 12 talks about “being transformed by the renewing of your mind” while Ephesians 4 tells us to “renew out thoughts and attitudes”. Earlier this month, Pastor John reminded us that spiritual warfare involves “capturing rebellious thoughts.” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Friends, Jesus Christ is Lord, no matter what you or I think. He deserves the total allegiance of believers. His Word is reliable and doesn’t change with the times. If you claim the name Christian, do you acknowledge Him in your thoughts, even if they are not popular or politically correct? Do you trust His Word, even if it is in conflict with the modern world?
Matthew 7:21- 29“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.