Wow! What a firestorm that has been created across the nation because President and CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy says he supports traditional, Biblical marriage.
He’s had death threats. Can you believe that? Amazing!
I really, really have sooooo much to say about this. I sometimes just shake my head and say, “Lord, why do you continue to put up with us. Why don’t you send Jesus back and just burn this place. Why do you tolerate us?” Well, eventually this earth will be burned and a new earth will replace it and because of God’s love and mercy He delays His judgment. And that is what so many people have been saying to me about all of this Chick-Fil-A talk. “God is a God of love and mercy and He loves everybody and He doesn’t hate. He’s all inclusive…all loving… etc., etc., etc.” And I respond, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, but…”
But what? But, God in His love does not and will not tolerate sin. But, some say, “Oh…that’s the Old Testament, hateful and mean God. The God of the New Testament is loving and tender and all-inclusive.” But, the Bible says, “God is the same yesterday, today and forever,” right? Sure He is. He is a God of love and a God of mercy, but He is a God of justice and He unequivocally hates sin. He hates sin so much that He allowed His Son to be slaughtered to pay for our sin…all sin.
Think with me about Jesus. What does Jesus tell people to do? Think about Jesus talking to the woman at the well. He told her after their long conversation to do what?? What did He tell her to do? Did He say, “I know you are trying hard ma’am, just go and do the best you can. I love you and you’ll be ok.” Did Jesus say, “You are a good person and I know that you will step up in the future. Bless your heart…” Think about Jesus talking to the woman caught in adultery. Did He tell her “Just keep living like you are, I still love you.” What did He say?
“Go and sin no more.”
Yikes! Oh no Jesus! Don’t say that! It’s not loving! It’s not accepting of her lifestyle. But, that’s exactly what He said, “Go and SIN NO MORE.” Why did He say that? Surely the woman who had five husbands and was living with a man and the woman caught in adultery said to Jesus: “Sorry, you see, I was born this way. I can’t help but be a person who is a fornicator. So, don’t you judge me. Don’t you tell me to go ‘sin no more.’ Who do you think you are?” Is that what these women said? You know, if they lived in our culture today they might would be guilty of saying such things.
I mean come on Jesus! Show some tolerance! Show some love! Telling the woman caught in adultery to “Go and sin no more,” man, that’s so closed-minded, Jesus. You need to be more inclusive and loving and tolerant. After all Jesus, she said she was “born this way.” She can’t help herself, Jesus. It’s genetic. You ought to know…you created her this way in her mother’s womb. Don’t you know Jesus…I think they’ve found a gene that explains that it’s all in our DNA!
Ok…enough already… Let’s look at what Jesus really said over and over again to His true followers. He said….
“Deny yourself…take up your cross and follow me.”
No…you are supposed to understand the way I am…
No…deny yourself…take up your cross…follow me. Give up your life to gain it.
What does this mean? Does that mean we really have to give in to our inclinations and our predispositions to anger and alcohol and porn? Just a couple more examples…
Can you hear the guy in the courtroom telling a judge, “Hey Dude, don’t you judge me. I don’t know why Wal-Mart is mad at me because I stole a $750 flat screen TV. I was born a thief…it’s genetic. Don’t judge me.” Or “Hey Judge, don’t you judge me… I can’t help myself when I get angry. When I get angry I just shoot people. I was born this way…you’ve got to accept me the way I am. Don’t you ask me to change.” Now these are ridiculous examples aren’t they? Or are they?
Isn’t that what we have been hearing in all this Chick-Fil-A hullabaloo from the gay community. Please hear me and understand that I love gay people. I love murderers and thieves and drunks and liars and adulterers. But, just like God, I hate the sin. I hate the sin in my own life. And understand this…we don’t have to stay in our sin.
Read this carefully.
Jesus died to deliver us from sin.
Is the power of Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit, (the same Spirit that raised Him from the DEAD), not able to deliver mankind from ANY and ALL sin? You see homosexuality is no worse a sin than a businessman committing adultery on his wife in a faraway city or the man in Colorado who kills 12 people and injures 58 more or me, a man who in my anger has spoken mean words to my family that were unloving and un-Christlike. Sin is sin and Jesus died to pay for all of it. And He didn’t die for it so that we would have to stay in it or tolerate ANY of it.
We were all born sinful. We all were BORN sinful. We all have the ability to sin. We can kill, steal, covet, lie, you name it. Why? Because we are all cursed from the womb with sin. Yet, thanks be to God that we can be delivered from our sin. Don’t believe it? Take a look…
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such WERE (my emphasis) some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Did you see that word “were” in verse 11 that I emphasized? Do you see that we can be delivered. The word “were” means the past tense. It means that any of those listed in verses 9 and 10 can be delivered from their sin in Christ. Isn’t that wonderful!!! It’s the power of Jesus Christ and deliverance through Him! But in order to be delivered, we must give up our pride in our sin saying, “It’s the way I am and you just have to accept me.”
C.S. Lewis in his classic book, Mere Christianity says:
“We must not think Pride is something God forbids because He is offended at it, or that Humility is something He demands as due His own dignity–as if God Himself was proud. He is not the least worried about His dignity. The point is, He wants you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble–delightfully humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life.”
When we give up pride in our sin and being “right” in our sin…then we will be free.
Yet, Christian friend…we must understand, when we stand on the Word of God, we are going to be called all kinds of names: bigots, close-minded, hate mongers, intolerant and even evil. Understand this nation has changed from 50 years ago. You see, in American you can be anything you want to be and you can believe anything you want to believe EXCEPT for those who believe in the Bible and stand on the principles of Scripture as espoused by Jesus Christ. So, be ready to be called names and ostracized. It’s ok. We must return love for hate.
So, Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” And what we (sinners) ought to say regarding our sin…
“Guilty as charged,” and then run to Christ.
In closing may I humbly say to you as you go to lunch or dinner tomorrow: