Life is hard. Flat out. It’s hard and not always “fun.” We’ve got things like this to do…
Last Saturday Pam, Katy and Kandace went bike riding on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Andrew and Clara are too small for this 17-mile bike ride, so we stayed back and “got it done.” What done?Well…take a look…
But, I want to show you something that is not “getting it done.”
Does this bother you? It should! It REALLY bothers me! This was at the Krispy Kreme Doughnut store in Winston-Salem. I just never cease to be amazed. This young man… No, I shouldn’t call him a “young man.” No…this “kidult,” said to his father, “Hey Dad, did you get me somethin’ to drink too? You know I’ve got to have something to drink with this!” Wow! But, I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the condition of our country.
I’m trying to teach my kids the value of hard work and discipline. Now, I’m not perfect at this, mind you. No one is… But, Pam and I are trying to teach and train in our home so that our children will be blessings to their future mates and not burdens. This kidult, pictured above is in for a rough life. I’m thinking he’s around 16 or 17 years of age by the looks of him and I’m afraid he’ll be living with his parents till he’s about 35. So sad!
Honestly, I just wanted to go over to this young man and say, “Son, pull up your britches and look like somebody!” But, then I could just imagine what the dad would say. Potentially something like, “Don’t you talk to my son that way. Who do you think you are? Get out of his face! Do you want to step outside?” So, as I stood there with Clara, I decided to do nothing. Except to take his picture of course. Ha! 🙂 The last thing I wanted was to be in the local newspaper headlines: “Local Pastor Gets into Fight at Krispy Kreme.” 🙂 I tell you all of this because I simply wanted to make a point. “The point, you ask? Simple. Mom’s and Dad’s, let’s not let this happen to our young people, because this is not “getting it done.”
That’s my bride! Here she is leading and coordinating our annual Easter Celebration for the children at church. She’s absolutely covered up with responsibilities, but she is a wonderful Pastor’s wife and she just “gets it done.” She’s amazing! And do you know what the best part about it is? I’m married to her! Woohoo! I’m blessed!
Hey…here’s some more folks who are getting it done…
These are the eight wonderful folks we baptized on Sunday. What I want you to notice are the young adults. We continue to have young adults come to us and say, “I’ve made a previous profession of faith, but the truth is, I’m not really saved. Jesus is not the Lord of my life.” Now that’s getting it done! That’s being honest and forthright and most importantly, that’s nailing down what’s eternal…which is most important!
Oh yes…I must tell you that earlier tonight at 6:07 pm, this young lady on the right turned 18 years of age…
It’s hard to believe that Katy is 18! I know that’s a trite saying, but it is true!
Katy has grown up on me! Bang! Just like that!
One last thing…
Early voting has started for the primaries here in North Carolina and I must tell you that I believe there is at least one item on the ballot we need to know about and vote for on May 8th. I pray that we’ll vote for marriage. Now please understand, there will be those who read this and say, “Why is he saying this?” He shouldn’t be talking about politics. You can’t legislate morality. Well, perhaps. But, I’ll tell you this. I have a responsibility as a citizen to vote. And I have a responsibility to let my voice be heard. And I believe in the Scriptural principle of one man for one woman for life. Therefore, I encourage you to vote this May 8th FOR the Marriage Amendment! Don’t be fooled. If you are in Winston-Salem, you’ll see billboards and yard signs telling you to vote against the amendment. They try to fool people by saying on these signs… “Vote for ALL families.” The “ALL” in these signs mean gay and lesbian families.
Now I’m not anit-gay or anti-lesbian. Heterosexual sin and adultery is sin too. So is two people of any gender who are living together outside of marriage. So please don’t send me hate mail. 🙂 My point is that we must get it done! We must at some point in this country to begin to stand up for the Scriptures and what the Bible teaches.
I would encourage you to Dr. Al Mohler’s blog post below when you have a minute. His perspective on the subject of marriage and “same-sex” unions is impeccable.
The Challenge of Same-Sex Unions
by Albert Mohler
In the world but not of the world? From the very beginning, the church has faced the challenge of responding to external events, trends, ideologies, and controversies. By definition, the church does not get to choose these challenges, but they have been thrust upon Christians by the world. The question always comes down to this: What now?
That question seems especially urgent in light of the emergence of same-sex unions and marriage in the United States and the world over. How must the church answer this challenge?
To answer that question, we need to think about the speed of the moral revolution that has pushed this question to the forefront of our culture. In less than a generation, homosexuality has gone from being almost universally condemned to being almost fully normalized in the larger society.
We are facing a true moral inversion – a system of moral understandings turned upside down. Where homosexuality was even recently condemned by the society, now it is considered a sin to believe that homosexuality is wrong in any way. A new sexual morality has replaced the old, and those who hold to the old morality are considered morally deficient. The new moral authorities have one central demand for the church: get with the new program.
This puts the true church, committed to the authority of God’s Word, in a very difficult cultural position. Put simply, we cannot join the larger culture in normalizing homosexuality and restructuring society to match this new morality. Recognizing same-sex unions and legalizing same-sex marriage is central to this project.
Liberal churches and denominations are joining the project, some more quickly and eagerly than others. The cultural pressure is formidable, and only churches that are truly committed to Scripture will withstand the pressure to accommodate themselves and their message to the new morality.
What, then, is the true church to do? First, we must stand without compromise on the authority of the Bible and the principles of sexual conduct and morality that God has revealed so clearly in His Word. The Bible’s sexual morality is grounded in the creation of humanity in God’s image; we are created as male and female and given the gift of sex within the marriage covenant — and only within the marriage covenant between one man and one woman for as long they both shall live.
The easiest way to summarize the Bible’s teaching on sexuality is to begin with God’s blessing of sex only within the marriage covenant between a man and a woman. Then, just remember that sex outside of that covenant relationship, whatever its form or expression, is explicitly forbidden. Christians know that these prohibitions are for our good and that rejecting them is tantamount to a moral rebellion against God Himself. We also know that the Bible forbids all same-sex sexual acts and behaviors. Thus, we know that homosexuality is a sin, that blessing it in any way is also sin, and that normalizing sin cannot lead to human happiness.
Second, we must realize what is at stake. Marriage is first and foremost a public institution. It has always been so. Throughout history, societies have granted special recognition and privileges to marriage because it is the central organizing institution of human culture. Marriage regulates relationships, sexuality, human reproduction, lineage, kinship, and family structure. But marriage has also performed another crucial function – it has regulated morality.
This is why the challenge of same-sex unions is so urgent and important. Redefining marriage is never simply about marriage. It leads to the redefinition of reproduction and parenthood, produces a legal revolution with vast consequences, replaces an old social order with something completely new, and forces the adoption of a new morality. This last point is especially important. Marriage teaches morality by its very centrality to the culture. With a new concept of marriage comes a new morality, enforced by incredible social pressure and, eventually, legal threats.
Third, we must act quickly to teach Christians the truth about marriage and God’s plan for sexuality in all its fullness and beauty. We must develop pastoral approaches that are faithful to Scripture and arm this generation of believers to withstand the cultural pressure and respond in ways that are truly Christian.
Last, and most important, this challenge must drive us to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians must be the first to understand this challenge in light of the gospel. After all, we know spiritual rebellion when we see it, for we ourselves were rebels before God’s grace conquered us. We know what moral confusion means because without the light of God’s Word, we are just as confused.
There is no rescue from the self-deception of sin except for the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ. While doing everything else required of us in this challenge, the faithful church must center its energies on the one thing that we know we must do above all else – preach, teach, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank you Dr. Mohler for “getting it done!”
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