Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jesus, Um, I'm Taking the Wheel Back


This week we again learned why celebrities often make very poor role models, especially for the Christian.  Many parents were comfortable with Carrie Underwood.  She did sing that song about Jesus taking a wheel, after all.  She even played a role in a Christian movie.  She goes to church, she is married, her songs are generally appropriate, and she has stayed away from controversy.  Then she opened her mouth.  You see, all the facade of a wholesome performer is wiped away by the drivel she spewed this week about gay marriage.  Her reasoning displayed a complete ignorance for the Word of God and now many of her young followers have the same seed planted in their minds.  This week, she came out in favor of gay marriage.  She, as is common, invoked the idea of Jesus telling us to love one another. I am not sure what verse she was quoting, so I will address both possibilities in this post.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 NKJV
She does go to a "gay-friendly" church by her own admission so it is not inconceivable that this passage is the one she was thinking of.  Quite honestly, I believe she was just ignorantly babbling something she may have heard in church some time, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt.  First of all, this passage is Jesus speaking how those in the body of Christ should treat one another.  We should love one another.  I suppose by her argument that being that gay couples are part of her fellowship, part of her loving them is wanting them to be able to be married. 

There are two problems with that argument.  First of all, it is never loving to encourage someone in their sin.  Just because her pastor is apostate gives her no excuse to follow in his (or her) path of apostasy.  She has the same Holy Spirit leading her into truth that the pastor does and if she chooses the wisdom of man and the imaginations of her own mind over and above the Word of God, then she will be accountable for it.  Getting back to the point, it is never loving to encourage someone in their sin.  Would she encourage a murderer to go out and commit more murder because she is just loving her fellow believer?  I'm sorry, I was unfair as that is not a victimless sin.  She probably means victimless sins (forgetting that Jesus was the victim of all our sins).  Should she encourage those who struggle with pornography (even single men and women) to be proud of their sin?  Maybe she could suggest starting a pornography group at church?  What about swinging.  What is 2 married couples want to have a sexual encounter with another married couple?  Who is she to judge, right?  Maybe they can have a ministry for that as well.  The problem is that once you encourage and accept one sin, you kind of have to accept them all.  If she thinks that homosexuals should get married and be welcome as couples in her church, then she has to allow the rest.  Otherwise, she is just declaring herself qualified to pick and choose what sins really matter to God.  Just in case you were wondering what the Bible says in regards to those living in open sin who call themselves a Christian, I will share.
But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person.  1 Corinthians 5:11 NKJV
Maybe you think that sounds unloving.  That really depends on how you define love.  Is love something you do just so someone feels better or is love something you do so someone actually is better?  If someone has cancer, is it more loving to just dope them up on pain killers so they feel good as they wait to die?  Or is it better to cut out the cancer and cure it despite the hardship of the treatment?  One way leads to feeling good all the way unto death and the other means months of painful treatment but to life.   The Bible again speaks on this.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,  deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 NKJV
This brings up the second problem with a church that accepts homosexuals. 
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV
This passage is clear that someone who is a homosexual is not part of the body of Christ and someone who is part of the body of Christ is not a homosexual.  This verse makes that abundantly clear.  You may have been a homosexual, but when Jesus comes into your life you are no longer a homosexual.  This begs the question as to how, then, do seemingly solid Christians fall into this sin.  It is possible for a Christian to struggle with homosexuality, but there is a difference.  The one who struggles with homosexuality, knows it is wrong.  That person feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit and has a desire to repent.  The homosexual, on the other hand, is the one "proud" his or her behavior.  That person comes to church with their partner.  This person wants to marry that person in church.  That person will work to twist or simply lie about Scripture to justify their actions.  They feel no conviction.  They feel no shame.  They feel "good" about living in their sin. 

Now let's turn our attention to the other Scripture Carrie Underwood may have meant.
And [the] second [is] like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  Matthew 22:39 NKJV
This is the Scripture used by our President to justify his support of gay marriage.  This is probably more likely where Carrie Underwood bases her opinion as well.  It sounds nice.  It almost sounds right.  I mean, we are talking about keeping two people who truly "love" each other from getting married.  We are keeping people from marrying the one that they want to marry.  We are causing pain and sadness, so how could this possibly be loving?  I refer to you my previous paragraph where I addressed this issue, but I will take a moment to how it applies to those who do not know Jesus.  I just want to reiterate that it is never loving to encourage someone to sin, this is especially true for those outside the church when their very souls are at stake.  Carrie quietly whispers that she loves them and only wants them to be happy as they head straight on into Hell.  She is making them feel good about their impending judgement.  She is lying to them about what God says about sin to their own destruction.  She calls beautiful what God calls an abomination.  If she loved them so much, she would share truth.  If she loved them so much, she would share how lost they were in their sins. If she loved them so much she would warn them that whatever they are doing is not right with God.  If she loved them, she would tell them that they are heading straight on into Hell  She may sing about love, but she really has no idea what it is. 

The other part of that argument is that if she is so gung-ho on allowing homosexuals to marry into homosexual marriages because to do so would be to deny their happiness and to act in a judgmental way, then why stop there?  What if someone were in love with her mother?  What if a young adult man wanted to marry his grandmother or grandfather?  I mean who are we to judge, right?  Incest should be legal by her argument.  What if her husband was in love with another woman and wanted to be married to her as well?  Would she be judgmental and insist she have him all to herself or will she be (by her standards) loving and allow him to share her with another woman?  I mean if homosexuality is no longer a sin then I guess adultery shouldn't be either, right? 

The fact of the matter is that sin is sin is sin is sin not matter how you try to justify it.  Homosexuality is a sin and one that will be judged in those outside of Jesus Christ.  It is an abomination to God.  It is just as wrong as lying, stealing, cheating, fornication, etc.  It is also no more wrong than those sins and we must be careful not to make the mistake of making homosexuality into some kind of a super sin.  Its wages is death and its cure is Jesus Christ just like any other sin.   It is for us to share the truth and the love of Jesus with homosexuals.  For some, it will be by the love of Christ.  For others, it will be through fear of judgement.  It is not for us to try and make them feel good about their sin and undermine the work that the Holy Spirit is trying to do.  They are sinners in need of a savior and Carrie Underwood should be more concerned about that.  Some would say that her heart is in the right place, and from the world's point of view, they are probably right.  Unfortunately, we are not called to follow our heart,  but to follow the Holy Spirit.  In this, she has failed and has one has to wonder how many of those who looked to her as a role model will follow down her apostate path.  Role models are too important of a job to outsource.  Be the role model and you will not have to worry about when your child's current role model will fall.
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end [is] destruction, whose god [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things.  Philippians 3:18-19 NKJV

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