When I was a high school freshman, I was intimidated by a 6′ 7″ junior. He was a football player, who would ultimately land a full ride to Carolina (UNC). He would never play there. He died in an automobile accident before he’d ever graduate. So sad.
Back to my freshman year. This guy was huge! He weighed close to 300 pounds and was mammoth. He had Study Hall in my Algebra I class. The class was right before lunch. The bell would ring and we’d race off to the lunch room. But, this guy would be waiting on me outside the door. I was tall, too. 6′ 2″ as a freshman, but no match for him. He had a class ring and it was huge (to fit on his massive ring finger). He would turn that thing over where the head of the ring was pointed down toward the palm of his hand and then he’d take that behemoth arm and come down on top of my head with that ring. It would leave a swelling knot on my head every day. This guy totally ruled me. Do you know why? INTIMIDATION!
What in the world was I going to do?
Fast forward to today. In America today there is a 6′ 7″, 300+ pound behemoth coming down on the Christian church and it’s intimidating the Church. It’s called “political correctness.” Christians are becoming more and more afraid to speak the truth. The PC police will come after you! Don’t talk about abortion as murder. Don’t say that homosexuality is a sin or two unmarried people who are living together is wrong. No sir! That’s not politically correct to say. Don’t say that Jesus is the only way to heaven and Islam is wrong. That’ll get you labeled “closed-minded” and a “hate-mongering bigot.”
Did you hear about the California preacher who took his family to see the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London and was arrested for saying, “Homosexuality is wrong and is a sin.” This video is amazing.
Now I’ll say this… I believe the best way to engage someone in a conversation is one on one. I never see Paul on any of his missionary journeys standing on the curb hollering the gospel. This man wasn’t hollering. He was very respectful, but he was still arrested. The British police said that he was being “offensive.” Oh my! I guess in London calling homosexuality wrong and a sin is “offensive” and it’ll get you in jail. Should we be surprised. In the last days men will have itching ears to hear only what he wants to hear. Jesus said that we would be persecuted as He was persecuted.
I’ve been saying for some time now from the pulpit that I’ll probably end up in jail in about 20 years. I believe I need to rephrase that. I now believe it will be sooner than that. It might be in the next 5-7 years. The country has changed dramatically.
George Barna’s recent research on this reveal as such…
We are told that homosexuals are born that way. And now it’s going to be pushed in our schools.
More pro-LGBT curriculum – coming to a school near you
A Christian teacher is warning parents about some pro-LGBT curriculum that may soon make its way into their child’s public school classroom, compliments of the NEA.
Yet with all this said, recent studies on identical twins show this is not the case. But, that doesn’t matter. If you say homosexuality is not God’s design and it’s not of Him…well…in a day in the not to distant future you better be ready to stick out both hands with arms straight and wrists touching as you are cuffed and stuffed in the local jail.
But, here’s the question of the day. Do you know someone who proclaims to be gay? If you do, what are you going to do about it? Carry a sign up to his front door that says, “Repent!” Can I say to you that is not the Christian approach. We are to given a reason for our hope with gentleness and respect and that action (just described) would not qualify as such in my humble opinion.
I love what this guy has to say about “The way a discussion should go with a homosexual.” See what you think? I agree with 95% of what the guy says. It’s love folks… We’ve got to love! Stand for truth? Yes! But, we’ve got to do it with outstretched arms not armed with placards and signs in protest. Jesus and Paul never called for Christians to protest Rome or slavery or homosexuality. They both said to love.
Back to my freshman year.
So, I’d had it! Finally, one day I got up the nerve when I walked out of Algebra on the way to lunch to stop in front of this intimidating bully and leaned my head over and I raised up just quick enough to say, “Go ahead.” I offered up my head to him. I said, “Go ahead. I’m not going to try to run from you. Go ahead! I’m waiting.” I didn’t budge, but I was braced. Head bent over…holding my breath… Waiting for the crash of that sledge-hammer of an arm with that ring-studded hand to collide with my head.
It never happened. I finally looked up and he was standing there with his mouth wide open and he said, “I’m not going to hit you today.” I quietly said, “Thank you.” And then I did something I hadn’t planned to do. I touched his shoulder with my hand and I said, “You doin’ okay?” He hesitated and said, “Ya…ya…yes…I guess.” I said, “Are you sure?” He said, “Not really?” I said, “Want to have lunch together and talk.” He said, “Yeah.” He was struggling at home mightily and the pressure of being a big-time athlete was weighing heavy on him. He was a “follower” and not a leader even though he was this mammoth guy.
From that day forward he never hit me again. In fact, he sought me out at other times at school and at ball games and said, “Hey…what’s up Kev!” What happened?
Sound strange? It shouldn’t. That’s the Christian model of walking the second mile and turning the other cheek. Love wins. Love wins! LOVE WINS!
So, let’s not be intimidated and let’s not worry about carrying signs. Let’s love and the next thing you know… They’ll be open to listening.