Thursday, June 30, 2011

For a Christian, It's Normal to be Radical

The word "radical" and "fundamental" have taken on a negative image these days.  This started with radical or fundamental Islam and in some misguided desire to be politically correct, it has been expanded to other areas.  Many believe that radical or fundamental anything is bad, including Christianity.  Sadly, many Christians also take this view and in so doing give up the idea of the absolute nonnegotiable truth of Christianity.  Even worse, this idea is expressed by default in the lives of many Christians who believe that our walk with God is purely spiritual or positional and any concern for righteous living is hogwash.  To me, that may very well be the worst kind of Christian.  They make some prayer to receive Jesus and beyond that they do not care about the rest of their lives.  Some even teach that doctrine.  Some teach that we are not to worry about the sin in our lives and that the ideas of obedience to God and righteous living are just ways to keep us in some legalistic bondage.  This is certainly a very convenient doctrine because it allows one to enjoy their sin without any of those nasty things called conviction or accountability.  They live their lives just like they are in the world without even caring to change all the while thinking they are just fine with God.  There is a word for that kind of Christian.  That word is "lukewarm" and God says something very specific about lukewarm Christians.
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV
Essentially, God is calling this type of Christian unpalatable.  Think of something so putrid that you know that if you even tried to eat it, you would vomit.  That is what God is calling this kind of Christian.  So what is a lukewarm Christian?  This is the Christian who is not hot, that is not on fire for the Lord.  Nor is this the Christian who is in willful rebellion against God.  No, this Christian is a mixture.  A mix of hot in that they probably go to church, sing the songs, and they may even be involved in ministry.  They are cold in that their lives have nothing to do with God.  Just as much as they will sing praises to the Lord on Sunday morning, they will be out getting drunk on Saturday night.  Just as much as they will use their mouths to pray to God before meals, they will use those mouths to spew profanity, insults, and crude jokes any other time.  Just as much as they may raise their hands to God, they will use those same hands to show profane gestures.  What makes them unpalatable is that they do not even care.  They think they are right with God because they have "faith."  Sometimes I wonder what that faith is in, because they sure do not act like it is to the Lord they claim to love.  Here is what God says about how right with God they think they are.

Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--  Revelation 3:17 NKJV

Perhaps it is not material worth they claim to have a wealth of, but it is at the very least spiritual wealth.  They claim how favored of God they are. They claim that they are somehow the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ when their lives reflect nothing about righteousness.  They claim grace of God but they never acknowledge his Lordship over their lives.  They claim they have every spiritual blessing, but God says they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.  They are wretched because they are drenched in their sin.  They are miserable because they do not experience the joy that is in the Lord.  They do not understand their own paradox where righteousness is only a positional concept to be taken in faith, but the joy of the Lord is experiential.  In other words, they create a doctrine where everything they construe as negative is only concept to be taken in faith but but actually experienced, but everything positive is something to be experienced.  It's convenient, but untrue.  The are poor because they are spiritually bankrupt laying up for themselves empty coffers in heaven.  They are blind in that they do not even care.  They are naked because they live in their shame, not only their own, but the shame they bring to the church.  They think they have it all, but they really have nothing. 

I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, [that] the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.  Revelation 3:18 NKJV

Jesus is now reaching out to help those in the lukewarm state work to heal their relationship with God.  Jesus tell us to buy gold refined in the fire, that is to purify their church and their beliefs.  What Jesus means here is to give up their false doctrines and seek a true and living faith in Jesus Christ.  He is telling them to give up the bankrupt belief of salvation without repentance or faith with no resultant works and enter into a real relationship with your Lord.  This means taking yourself off the throne and subjecting yourself under Christ's authority over your life.  He them tells them to buy white garments.  White garments signify purity or righteousness.  Jesus is telling them to live righteously.  Finally, Jesus tells them to anoint their eyes with salve.  Salve signifies the Holy Spirit and what He is saying is to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.  His work is to convict you of the sin in your life and to lead you in ways of righteousness.  This is what we must do if we ever find ourselves in that lukewarm state.  We need God to change our wrong beliefs, we need put away the sin in our lives, and we need the Holy Spirit instead of our own desires to guide us in our walk with God. 

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:19-20 NKJV

What is amazing about God is that regardless of how lukewarm and unpalatable you are, God still loves you.  God still loves you enough to reach out to you with the hopes that you will repent.  It is Jesus who stands at the door and knocking for us to let Him in.  It is Him that is asking us to put him in His right place on the throne of our hearts.  He still seeks after us even when we are not seeking after Him.  All God has been saying here regarding the lukewarm Christians is not to beat them down, but to bring them back into a right relationship with Him.  He rebukes and He chastens, but only out of love and only to lead us back into a better relationship than anything the world can provide. 

I will end with these words from Jesus "Therefore be zealous and repent."  That is what we are called to do.  We are all called to be radical, zealous Christians.  We are called to be the complete opposite of lukewarm.  This is why lukewarm is so detestable to God.  It is the complete opposite of what we are supposed to be.  Lukewarm is lazy, zealous is driven.  Lukewarm is indifferent, zealous is passionate.  Lukewarm is stagnant, zealous is always moving ahead.  Lukewarm is comfortable where it is, zealous cries out for the Lord to give him more and more.   As my pastor said last weekend (and my wife poked me and said I should post on something like that) "Radical should be the default position for the Christian."  We are not called to be moderates.  We are not called to compromise our position.  We are not called to conform ourselves to the world to make us more palatable to the world but to reject the ways of the world so as not to become unpalatable to God.  It is not for us to change to satisfy the world, but for us to be world changers.  What the world calls radical fundamental Christians should be what we call normal believers in Christ.  That is our example not only from our Lord but for most of the church who came before us.  They were radical enough to give up all that they had, including treasures, families, comforts, homes, and even their lives for the sake of the Gospel.  They were willing to endure unimaginable torture, rejection from their communities, harassment, mockery, and prisons never renouncing the name of the Lord who saved them. We are called to be radical, zealous, on fire, and totally sold out for the Lord.  Are you ready for the life God has for you or are you content to just sit where you are and watch it pass you by? 

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Conformity for Jesus


Many people hate the idea of conformity.  Most of us cherish our individualism, some of us militantly so.  While it is a good thing when it comes to not conforming ourselves to the world, there is a type of conformity we are all called to.  We all called to conform to the image of Christ. 
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  Ephesians 5:1 NKJV
As a child aspires to be like his father, so should we aspire to be like our Heavenly Father. How is it we are to be like Him?  God answers that question as well.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest [your] hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, [as] in your ignorance; but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV
We are called to imitate God in that we are called to be holy.  Of course this also begs the question as to what it means to be holy.  We have never seen God so we have never seen what "holy" looks like.  What is our model to be imitators of God?  Again, God's word has the answer.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?" John 14:9 NKJV
And so we see that to be imitators of God, we must be imitators of Christ.  We see that we are called to be holy, as God is holy.  We see that we are to be conformists, but not to the styles and habits of the world, but to the example of our Lord.  Some like to twist this idea to mean anything they want it to be.  They say the conform to Christ, but they conform to a Christ of their own making.  Instead of becoming more like Jesus, they make Jesus more like themselves to justify their fallen lifestyle, even while claiming to be part of the church.  These arguments may hold some merit if Ephesians 5:1 existed in a vacuum.  For those who want to define Jesus in their own image, your error is exposed by merely backing up a couple of verses.  You see, Ephesians 5:1 begins with the word "Therefore."  A wise pastor once said that if you see a "therefore," you must see what it is there for.  This verse is a conclusion to what Paul has just been saying in the previous chapter.  We must remember that chapters and verses are constructs of man and have nothing to do with the intent or interpretation of Scripture.  They only exist to make things easier to find.  Ephesians 5:1 is a single verse, but not an idea independent of what was said before and after.  So let us back up a little and see what it means to be imitators of God.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesian 4:31-32 NKJV
These two verses represent what we need to put away from our lives and what we need to exhibit in our lives in order to be more like Jesus.  These lists are not exhaustive, but they are a good start.  Any kind of bitterness, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice need to be put away from you.  They have no place in being an imitator of God.  This is not how God dealt with us and it is not how we should deal with other people.  What we do need to do is to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving.  We are to put away those things that God did not hold over us but poured out on His son in our place and we are to exhibit the grace that God has shown to us through Jesus Christ.  The first and most important trait of Jesus that we can express in our lives is His grace. 

Beyond that, we must strive to express his nature in our lives.  We are all familiar with this idea.  We all know about the "What would Jesus do?" movement.  While that is theologically incorrect, it is along the right lines.  We are not to ask what Jesus would do in any situation, but to ask if we are reflecting His nature.  For example, when taxes are due we are not to go fishing (as in asking what Jesus would do), but we are to trust that God will provide for our needs (reflecting His nature of trusting God).  That should be what we do in every situation in our lives.  We need to ask if what we are doing or how we are behaving is in the nature and character of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  And what we know about Jesus comes from the Word of God.  There is no compromise on that.  We can not make things up about Jesus with no scriptural justification and say that is how you are being like Jesus.  We can not say our life circumstances define how we relate to being like our Lord.  In fact, part of being like our Lord is maintaining the character and nature of Jesus in spite of life's circumstances.  Jesus was betrayed and crucified yet still exhibited his graceful nature when He asked from the cross that His oppressors be forgiven.  Using life's circumstances to define how you reflect Jesus is only an excuse for what is really wrong, and that is your refusal to put away those wicked desires of your flesh.  You are merely creating your own Jesus in your own image because you love yourself more than you love the Lord.  In the end, you have chosen sin over obedience and if you are content in that state, you need to question whether or not you are even saved.  We are charged with reflecting Jesus to the world.  If the world can not see Jesus in our lives, the world will not see Jesus.  If the world can not see Jesus, it can not be saved. 
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
Finally, we need to be like Jesus in our obedience to the Father.  WWJD would be correct if there was only one answer to that question.  The answer to "What would Jesus do?" should only and always be "The will of the Father."  In everything we do, we must pray and seek God's will. Even if something seems to be in the nature of Jesus, it may not be the right thing to do.  Not that it is wrong to act in the nature of Jesus, but sometimes there is more than one option.  It is not enough to just pick the first idea that conforms with Christ, but to seek God that the idea you have is in His will.  Or, even better, we need to ask God first for His plan.  Jesus lived to do the will of His Father and we must do the same.  Obedience is part of our conforming to the image of Christ.   Doing the will of the Father is who Jesus says will enter the Kingdom of God.  Those who do the will of the Father are those who Jesus calls His brothers, mothers, and sisters.  Obedience to our Father (just as in any child to any father) is expected.  Again, this is not what earns us salvation, but it is the nature of a saved person. 
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.  John 5:30 NKJV
Conforming to the nature and character of Jesus is a tall order.  Being holy as God is holy is even taller.  To say they sound difficult is an understatement.  In fact, they are impossible.  Only Jesus lived the life that He did, only Jesus could have.  If anyone else could live that life then Jesus would not have had to come in the first place.  God is the epitome of holy and one that we can never even imagine aspiring to.  But yet there is that expectation that we embrace those ideas.  The fact is that all of this is impossible, at least in our own strength.  When we come to Jesus we are filled with the Holy Spirit and freed from the bondage of sin.  We are recreated as a new creation and all things are new, including that new nature which strives to be more like Jesus and not more like the world. We should grow more and more each day to be more like Jesus.  We should aspire each and every day to lead a holy life.  That is the nature of the new creations that we are.  Any failure on our part to do these things is a failure, once again, to deny ourselves.  We want to do what we want and so we create a Jesus of our own image.  We want people to pity our pitfalls in life and so we create some false doctrine of living Jesus through the prism of our life's circumstances.  We want to be unique and distinct from everything else and so we create this persona of some maverick loner Christian.  All of this holds us back from the great things God has for us.  I urge you, get yourself out of the way of the Holy Spirit who wants to work through our life.  Read the Bible and learn about your Lord and the example of which you need to follow.  Let people see Jesus in you and God will lead people to the Lord through you. The only thing greater than seeing God when we get to Heaven is seeing those also there because God used your testimony to reach them. 
...that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24 NKJV

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You, A Bondservant of Christ


We love to focus on the many things we are in Christ.  We love that we are children of God.  We love that we are coheirs with Christ.  We love that we are cleansed with the blood of Jesus.  We love that we have eternal life.  We love that we are no longer under condemnation.  We love that we are new creations in Christ.  Oh, and we love that we are bondservants, that is slaves for life.  Wait a minute, we do not like that part.  There are not too many promise calenders telling us we are slaves to Christ.  It is one of those realities we often brush under the carpet and try not to think about.  We do so because being slaves means obedience is not just requested, but expected. 
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
When we come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes us residence in our hearts.  As God dwells within us, we become the temple of God.  The text is clear here in that we are no longer our own.  We are not free to do whatever we want, but our bound eternally to God.  When we come to Jesus, we are redeemed by His blood and in that we become His.  Not only do we become His spiritually, but also physically.  Note here that it is our bodies and our spirits that belong to God. 

I know that there are many who do not like this idea.  It is rather humbling to think that obedience to God is expected.  Some may call me a legalist for just mentioning such a thing, but the Word of God is clear.  Legalism, once again, is adding to God's word.  Obedience is following it.  We are called to obedience.  We are called to be slaves of God.  Many of us will spend our entire lives battling with this concept.  We want to do our own thing. We want to find our own happiness.  We get our selves in all kinds of trouble, failing time and again to achieve the joy that can only be found in surrendering our will to God. 

Let us now look what it means to be a slave to God.  First of all, we are not slaves by compulsion.  God did not force us into our slavery, but something we asked for when we made Jesus the Lord of our lives.  This comes back to the idea of actually having to mean it when we called Jesus our Lord.  Using "Lord" when speaking of Jesus has lost much of its meaning nowadays.  I have heard pastors refer to Him as Lord, sing to Him as Lord, and pray to Him as Lord, but then downplay any importance of obedience.  If He is our Lord, then obedience is expected.  We decide to call him Lord and in that we commit to His Lordship over our lives.  If Jesus is not truly your Lord, can you say that you ever really confessed Him as Lord?  I hope you will search your heart for that answer.  Another way of looking at it, if you truly confessed Jesus as Lord, then do you live like it?  Jesus being our Lord must be a reality in our lives.

And that brings me to the next reality of our position as slaves of Christ.  We are obedient.  If you call Jesus your Lord, that makes you His slave. If you are His slave, you will be obedient.  Slaves obey their masters otherwise they are not slaves.  This is not rocket science, but it is a common sense reality lost in so much of the church today.  Obedience is something expected of us.  It is part of our identity in Christ. 

Another thing it means is that our desire is to please Him.  If we choose our Lord out of our love for Him, then our submission to Him is one out of love.  This is best explained through the marriage relationship where the wife submits to her husband out of love for him and a desire to please him.  Is your desire to please your Lord?   This is why obedience is important.  How can you say you love your Lord if you do not listen to a thing He says? How can you say you desire to please your Lord when you do not do the things that please Him or choose to do the things that don't please Him?  Our obedience is expected not only because of the positional reality of being His bondservant (or slave), but out of the love we have for Him.  The text I presented makes it clear that our bodies and our spirits belong to God and therefore the positional reality of being a slave of Christ must be expressed in our lives.  In other words, this is not just some theological principle to be meditated upon, but a reality that must be acted upon.

Finally, as slaves, we must expect discipline should we fail to obey.  I know this is not a popular concept, but Jesus speaks of the servant beaten with many stripes for knowing his father's will and not doing it and Hebrews tells us that God chastises those whom He loves. It is clearly Scriptural and has nothing to do with our salvation.  The mistake teachers make in downplaying the concept of discipline is pinning it to our forgiveness for our sins.  The correct understanding regarding discipline is not to think of it as punishment for our sins, but as a means of correcting our behavior.  The goal is correction not punishment.  When we come under God's chastisement (and that can come under any number of forms depending on what God knows will work best for you), the response is to to seek God to see what it is in our lives that He desires us to change and not to rebel against it.  That only compounds the problem and further strains your relationship with God. 

So now one probably wonders how to reconcile all I just said with everything we heard about our freedom in Christ.  The answer is in the meaning of freedom.  From our fleshly perspective, freedom is the ability to satisfy the desires of our flesh at will and without repercussion.  That is not freedom at all, though.  That is just a different kind of slavery.  If you live to satisfy the desires of your flesh, you are merely a slave to your flesh.  You are a slave to your carnal desires.  From God's perspective, freedom is a completely different thing.  Freedom is being free from the never-satisfied fleshly desires allowing you to become what you were created to be.  Freedom is the ability to seek after the works that were laid for you.  Freedom is becoming what you were created to be.  The idea of submitting ourselves to God being a bad thing is merely the rebellion of a flesh that does not want to die.  That is why we crucify the flesh, that is why we deny ourselves, and that is why we put away the old man.  They only get in the way and truly realizing the life custom created for us before the foundations of the world. 

The idea of being bondservants or slaves to Christ is not some advanced doctrine, bet merely applied basics of Christianity.  It is merely meaning it when we call Him our Lord and understanding what that means for our lives.  I know it is not a popular doctrine as we all want to live our own lives.  The problem is that our lives our not our own anymore.  We have been given a new life as new creations and what we used to be is no longer. Those desires must go to the wayside with our old lives before Christ.  You may think the key to happiness is the satisfy those desires that tickle the flesh, but if you were so happy then why did you come to Jesus in the first place?  God through Paul tells us to "glorify God in your body and in your spirit."  We do that through obedience.  We do that by doing those works laid out for us from before the foundations of the earth.  I have said it before, but I will say it again.  There is no greater joy than realizing the works you were created for and having the freedom to do them. 
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-- as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  2 Peter 2:15-16 NKJV

Monday, June 27, 2011

And God Looked Upon New York


Over the weekend, the state of New York joined the several others who have legalized what they call "gay marriage."  I say it is what they call it because marriage is an institution created by God to be a union of a man and a woman.  The union of a woman and a woman or a man and a man is not marriage at all, but an abomination.  They say the made the law so that it protects the rights of religious institutions, but the very fact that they call it marriage denies those rights.  Marriage is a religious institution that government co-opted and twisted into this detestable thing we have today.  The news reports this weekend were full of celebrations as though they have won some kind of victory.  They may have won a vote in some government organization, but there was no victory.  They can change man's laws, but God's laws remain unchanged.  They have have received blessing from man to practice their abomination, but they will received judgement from God lest they repent.  I think Isaiah reflects best what I am feeling today.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20 NKJV
If that is not the truth of today I do not know what is.  People are celebrating the passing of a law allowing gay marriage as a good thing whereas people like me who oppose it are forced to defend their position.  We are called homophobic, bigots, hypocrites, hateful, and more.  I am not going to defend my position other than to say it is God's position as told through His word.  If you disagree with me, it is not me you need to deal with. To have those who rebel against God try to make me justify my stand for righteousness while they thumb their noses at God is disgusting.  I will be judged by no man for my stand for God's law, but they will be judged by God for rebelling against it.  I will not defend my position to them, but they will stand before God and have to explain theirs.  We do truly live in a world where good is called evil and evil is called good.  We live in a world where a stand for the acceptance of something that God hates is called loving and good and taking a stand for righteousness is called hateful and evil.  We live in a world where the acceptance of evil is legislated upon us offending millions but singing a Christmas Carol at Christmas time is seen as an infringement of Christian values on the two people who find offense. 
Woe to [those who are] wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!  Isaiah 5:21 NKJV
For our purposes, this is woe to the legislature of the State of New York.  I do not know of the religious demographics of the New York state legislature.  I do imagine that as governments go, it is predominately those who associate as Christians, some Jewish members, and some agnostic members.  There is no way for this law to have passed if not for those who associate as Christian or Jewish voting in favor of this law.  I also know that gay marriage is strictly forbidden in both.  How a man or woman can think they know better than God and vote in favor for something they know that God rejects is the height of arrogance.  To say to God that you reject His institution of marriage and try to create your own is making yourself higher than the God you claim you serve.  You claim that faith should not determine how you govern.  If that be true, you have no faith.  If there is anything in your life that you claim to be outside God's jurisdiction, you have no god you serve, only yourself and your own ambitions.  You may be wise in your own site and prudent in your own eyes, but when you stand before God you will see just how foolish you are.
Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  Isaiah 5:22 NKJV
And this is what we saw this weekend. We saw the gay "pride" celebrations full of rancid sin and drunkenness being practiced openly in the streets.  They celebrated unrighteousness unrighteously and the news media went right along with it talking about it as a good thing.  I have written about this before, but the fact is that even in the church we get caught up in celebrating unrighteousness.  Some churches have gone so far as to bless homosexual marriages, but then again so many churches allow the "Christian" label to be placed on just about any marriage, whether or not it has anything to do with being premised on God's plan for marriage.  We seem to have forgotten the fact that God hates sin.  When we celebrate any kind of sin, we are cheering for those things that sent Jesus to the cross. 
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  Isaiah 5:23 NKJV
I have covered this earlier.  The New York state legislature and its governor has done this very thing.  They have justified the wicked in justifying homosexual marriage.  Society, falling for the lying propaganda of the homosexual movement, takes away the righteousness of the righteous by calling us evil for standing with God and opposing the justification of sin. 
Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, [So] their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.   Isaiah 5:24 NKJV
Ultimately, this is what they have done.  They have rejected God.  They have cast Him aside for something called politics.  Their position in office is more important to them than their eternal position before God.  They are more interested in pleasing man than they are in offending God.  They have written laws in direct violation of the Law of God.  God judges nations and even parts of nations and any government elected by the people who passes laws that are an affront to God will bring the judgement of God upon the people they govern.  God will judge New York.  God will judge America.  Whether if it is at the return of Christ or before, the sins of our nation will be called to account.  We will not be able to pay that debt. 

Some may call me a hypocrite because I am not perfect.  Some may call all Christians who disagree as hypocrites because their is sin in the church.  It is a sad reality that there is sin in our lives, but it does not change anything.  Whether or not I do right means nothing to what defines what right is.  Just as your sin does not justify my sin, my sin does not justify yours.  Beyond that, I hate the sin in my life, I do not throw a party celebrating it.  Yes, I may sin, but I confess my sin before God and I rejoice in that my sin is covered by the blood of Jesus.  You do not even admit your sin as sin.  You celebrate it, relish in it, and even blame God for it.  I ask God to forgive my sin and remove that sin from my heart.  You ask God to bless your sin and claim that He accepts it in your life. 

Many mistake the patience of God with His acceptance.  Many wonder that if God is so against homosexual marriage, why did not fire come down from Heaven and consume the legislature or even the celebrating masses.  Many wonder why God has not acted in the many other places it was legalized.  Sadly, they are mistaking God's mercy and patience with His acceptance of their sin. They are mistaking God's desire for them to repent for His desire of the abomination that was passed.  The fact is that God has not judged this nation or even those states is because God is allowing for those that would support or practice such things to repent of their sin.  I did speak a lot of judgement today, but the fact is that God takes no pleasure in judgement.  Judgement is a last resort and only a result of our failure to repent.  Ultimately, it is not God who chooses judgement, but us who refuse the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  God hates homosexuality.  God find homosexual marriage to be an abomination to His plan for marriage.  God will judge those sins, but God has allowed any who call on the name of the Lord to have that sin judged at Calvary and not on their own souls.  You may ask the question of how God can love you if He will judge you.  You may ask (wrongly believing it to be true) that if God made you that way how can He judge you for it?  First of all, God does not want to judge you but He will if you die in your sin. That is true for anyone not in Christ as we have all fallen short of God's standards.  Without Jesus, not just homosexuals, but all will stand before God for judgement.  It is only through Jesus that any of us can be saved.  God's love was expressed in that He sent His only begotten son to die for our sins.  It is up to us to accept or reject that love, but we certainly can not blame God for not loving us.  And, finally, God did not create you to be a homosexual.  Things may have happened in your life to lead you in that direction, but God wants so much more for you than that.  You say you can not change, and on your own that is true.  When you come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit will work through you to put away those sins and find that which is so much better.  Before you stands a choice that has eternal implications.  You can choose to die in your sins or to truly live through Jesus Christ.  I urge you, choose Jesus.  Choose life. 
The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9 NKJV