Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrating What We Should Not Be Celebrating

We all get invited to many celebrations that we should probably not be a part of of.  I am not talking so much of parties where the kind of celebrating done is wrong as even Jesus went to a wedding that involved drinking.  What I am talking about is going to events that celebrate things that should not be celebrated. 

By celebrating something, you are endorsing it and as Christians we need to be careful what we endorse.  I know people who would not go to a wedding when someone was marrying a divorcee because they saw it an offense.  Yet these same people will go to a wedding celebrating a Christian marrying outside the faith.  While they may be differently wrong, are you not still celebrating, rewarding, and endorsing sin by attending a wedding where someone is going directly and defiantly against God's will?  How about a homosexual "marriage"?  Is there any circumstance where a Christian should join in that celebration? And this is not just about weddings, but even celebrations for false gods or celebrations that reward sin.  For example, would you go to an abortion party?  Would you drive someone to get an abortion?  Of course we would do neither.  But would you help a couple move in together before they are married?  Would you go to their housewarming party?  They are still sin, so why is it ok to celebrate one sin and not to celebrate another.  In God's eyes, sin and sin and one sin and not discerned from another.  If God does not discern, how can we? 

This is something God has been speaking to me about lately.  If I represent Christ on earth and if I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, I take God and His witness wherever I go.  As His ambassador, whatever I celebrate, I celebrate also on His behalf.  Would God celebrate a union against His will?  Would God celebrate a relationship founded in unrepentant sin?  Would God join in a celebration that lifts up a false god?  Would God celebrate and reward sin?  Think about that the next time you receive an invitation.  Ask yourself if God would celebrate that.  Sometimes our greatest witness is by our absence.
Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 NKJV

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