We’ve come a long way since New Jersey’s sodomy laws were struck down. According to Wikipedia, the laws were struck down in 1978. But if memory serves, it was much earlier than that – the early 1960s. Perhaps memory is right and they were, initially, struck down in the early Sixties, but groups may have appealed the ruling until the matter was finally settled in 1978.
At any rate, New Jersey was onboard pretty early on. The newly-minted suburbanites, in particular, were uneasy with the right of police to break into private homes and arrest the inhabitants if they were having unusual sex. Privacy, if not the first reason (low taxes and cheap housing, followed by a low crime rate), was still an important reason the transplanted, though not especially religious, New Yorkers moved to the Garden State. The native Garden Staters felt differently. Hence, the long fight.
Gay rights activists answered Suburbia’s acknowledgment of the right of homosexuals to privacy in their own homes with in-your-face kiss-ins, gay rights parades, and an assault on their Christian beliefs. Good Christians didn’t believe homosexuals should be beaten up and even murdered. Gay activists responded by attacking private business’ right to refuse business that condoned the institutionalization of homosexuality.
Good Christians willingly consented to civil unions, government-sanctioned marriages. Gay Activists wanted nothing less than to tear down the walls of Christianity altogether and force its followers, through laws, lawsuits, legislation, regulations and even violence, to sanction homosexuality as a normal human activity. They even outlawed any psychiatric practice that would assist willing patients to overcome their homosexual inclinations.
That ban, alone, should have signal that something was amiss in Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible states that the residents of Sodom chased down the visiting angels to Lot’s house, where they threatened the visitors. The Bible, being a family book, doesn’t go into lurid details, but it was understood what the mob meant when they said to Lot, “Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”
Lot went out to the mob and offered up his virginal daughters (‘they have not known men’) instead, but not to harm his visitors. For his trouble, they tried to assault Job and break down the door. The angels pulled him into the house and saved him. They told Job and his family to pack their things because God was going to destroy Sodom, and its neighbor, Gomorrah, with fire that night.
The Ten Commandments hadn’t even been written yet. But God let us know what He thought about homosexuality.
Today, not only has gay marriage been legalized in nearly every state (along with marijuana and amnesty for illegal immigrants), but those who defy the law can be fined and even imprisoned. Indiana, followed by Arkansas, passed Religious Freedom laws, only to be rescinded by the respective governors of those states due to mounting pressure from activist groups. One twittered that they’d even burn down Memorial Pizza.
Memorial Pizza, located in Indiana, is a pizza place, one of those local pizzerias with a few tables but trading mostly in take-out pizzas. They were never even approached by a gay couple to cater a wedding. An enterprising reporter, looking to bait some hapless business, chose to call Memorial Pizza, probably knowing perfectly well that a little pizza place like that wasn’t in the business of catering weddings of any sort. The reporter asked the girl who answered the phone if Memorial Pizza would ever cater a homosexual wedding. The girl said they probably wouldn’t, being that the owners were Christian.
The reporter described the pizzeria was festooned with ‘Christian’ artifacts. A later report by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, stated that the pizzeria was ‘festooned’ with Easter decorations, which are pagan, not Christian, in origin. The Easter bunny and the Easter eggs were former fertility symbols from a pagan religion that celebrated the beginning of Spring.
Memorial Pizza’s owner said that they’d received death threats and one tweet exhorted followers to burn the pizzeria down. Meanwhile, one photographer who refused to photograph a gay wedding went out of business, or retired, at any rate, rather than betray her religion.
Stories report that corporations were the entities putting pressure on the Indiana and Arkansas governors and legislators to revise the Religious Freedom laws just put into place to ensure that no one can discriminate against homosexuals by refusing to help publicly celebrate a behavior their Bibles tell them is clearly anti-Christian. God so “hated” it that he didn’t wait for Moses to write it down in the Ten Commandments.
Hate the sin, but love the sinner. That’s what the Bible tells us, we’ve been taught. Well, maybe not. What it says in Jude 1:22-23 is, “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
GotQuestions.org, a Christian website, answers the questions we have about loving the sinner but hating the sin.
“Are we to love the sinner but hate the sin?” Answer: Many Christians use the cliché “Love the sinner; hate the sin.” This saying is not found in the Bible in so many words; however, Jude 1:22–23 contains a similar idea: “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” According to this, our evangelism should be characterized by mercy for the sinner and a healthy hatred of sin and its effects. We are to have compassion on sinners for whom Christ died, and we are also to keep ourselves “from being polluted by the world”—part of what constitutes “pure and faultless” religion (James 1:27). But we also realize that we are imperfect human beings and that the difference between us and God in regard to loving and hating is vast. Even as Christians, we cannot love perfectly, nor can we hate perfectly (i.e., without malice). But God can do both of these perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still lovingly forgive the sinner at the moment of repentance and faith (Malachi 1:3; Revelation 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9). The Bible clearly teaches that God is love. First John 4:8–9 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Mysterious but true is the fact that God can perfectly love and hate a person at the same time. This means He can love him as someone He created and can redeem, as well as hate him for his unbelief and sinful lifestyle. We, as imperfect human beings, cannot do this; thus, we must remind ourselves to “love the sinner; hate the sin.” How exactly does that work? We hate sin by recognizing it for what it is, refusing to take part in it, and condemning it as contrary to God’s nature. Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. We love sinners by showing them respect (1 Peter 2:17), praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1), and witnessing to them of Christ. It is a true act of love to treat someone with respect and kindness even though you do not approve of his or her lifestyle or sinful choices. It is not loving to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person he or she is in sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true. Sin leads to death (James 1:15), and we love the sinner by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We hate the sin by refusing to condone, ignore, or excuse it. Recommended Resources: The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson and Logos Bible Software Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/love-sinner-hate-sin.html#ixzz3WFIfVmll
In addition, the Bible tells us, in Leviticus 19:17: “You must not hate your brother in your heart. You should by all means reprove your fellow man, so that you will not bear sin along with him.”
“These things I command you, that you love one another.+ 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.+ 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world,+ but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.+ 20 Keep in mind the word I said to you: A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;+ if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21 But they will do all these things against you on account of my name, because they do not know the One who sent me.+ 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin.+ But now they have no excuse for their sin.+ 23 Whoever hates me also hates my Father.+ 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would have no sin;+ but now they have both seen me and hated me as well as my Father. 25 But this happened in order to fulfill the word written in their Law: ‘They hated me without cause.’+ 26 When the helper comes that I will send you from the Father, the spirit of the truth,+ which comes from the Father, that one will bear witness about me;+ 27 and you, in turn, are to bear witness,+ because you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:1-27
No matter what regulations our secular government places upon us, compelling us to publicly recognize what God has told is clearly wrong, our duty as Christians is to obey God. The secularists call us “hypocrites.” But Jesus recognized our weaknesses. He came to forgive and save those who sinned out of weakness. For those who deliberately defy God’s law, He promises eternal death and damnation in the lake of fire for those who lead sinners into temptation and away from God’s word.
The Progressives have inexorably been wearing away at Christianity’s human foundations. No public celebrations of Christ’s birth (which has always been observed on a pagan holiday, not his true birth date, which is said to be in April). No public prayers in school or anyplace else. No public proselytizing. No religious music in the schools. Thanks to Common Core, all books bearing reference to God will eventually be removed, essentially eliminating the entire Western European/English canon. No Bibles in hotel rooms. And above all, no discrimination against those who commit one of the major sins.
Meanwhile, it is rumored that on June 4th of this year, Obama will sign into law an executive order which will make it illegal to criticize Islam. June 4th was the date on which Charlemagne defeated the Muslims and sent them out of Spain and back into Northern Africa. This law is only an unsubstantiated rumor at this point, a rumor that goes all the way back to June of 2013. Given Obama’s recent activities – negotiating an open-ended, secretive nuclear treaty pact with Iran, which even yesterday vowed to destroy its ancient enemy Israel, giving support to Syrian ISIS while ignoring Iran’s Green Revolution for democracy, filling his staff with Muslims, threatening to break off relations with Israel, our only democratic ally in the Middle East, reestablishing relations with Communist Cuba, downsizing our military as Russia negotiates with South American countries to build military bases within their borders and, of course, granting amnesty to illegal aliens – it shouldn’t surprise anyone if and when Obama signs this particular executive order. Other countries have, much to the detriment of free speech.
Some president he turned out to be. Muslims and Communists have this much in common, at least – they despise individual liberty and also believe in the redistribution of wealth. When Obama denounces Israel and praises Iran, that pretty much tells us where he’s at.
The “framework” treat does nothing to dismantle Iran’s heavy-water facility in Fordo or close any of the other uranium-enriching facilities nearby, which were supplied by the Soviet Union decades ago. The “treaty” does lift all economic sanctions against Iran, despite the fact that its ayatollah is responsible for the war that has engulfed the Middle East in flames. It’s the Ayatollah against the combined Sunni forces, led no doubt, by Jordan’s warrior-king, Abdullah II. My prediction is that the combined forces will prevail and the West will cheer. For now.
According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims will outnumber Christians by the year 2070. Given the high Muslim birth rate, and the rate at which they’re murdering Christians and Jews, Pew’s calculations are probably correct. If the rumors are right, after June we won’t even be able to warn our younger generation about the dirty side of Islam. We won’t be able to tell them that there are actually two Korans, along with the Hadith (the sayings of Mohammed) and the Sira (Mohammed’s biography).
One is the Medinian Koran, or the “good” Koran, which generally speaks only of a loving Allah and the mercy of Mohammed, his prophet. Mohammed used the Medina Koran to convert the good “helpers” of Medina. Meanwhile, the admittedly bad-tempered also wrote a second Koran, the Mecca Koran, which denounced infidels of all stripes – apostates, kafirs, and sinners in general. Never mind waiting for them to try to cross the bridge to paradise, underneath which burn the flames of Hell. Send them there forthwith, prematurely, wherever you meet them.
Mohammed said that he wished he could die a martyr’s death a thousand times over just so he could kill more infidels. There’s a high “eww!” factor to the Hadith as well, which speaks of Mohammed’s methods of personal hygiene involving cleaning his privates with stones, etc., and so forth. Yuck.
I can post this now because it’s not June 4th yet. I might receive death threats. However, I’m only reporting what the Hadith and the Koran actually say. No one has to write a single criticism about Islam. All you have to do is read the books for yourself. Bleah. No wonder Mohammed had to use the sword on “converts.”
If reading the Koran has any positive influence at all, it that it makes you want to clutch your Bible closer and thank God for Jesus Christ. Amen. There is a caveat to reading the Koran; you’re only allowed to read it after you’ve converted. By then, it’s too late. So read up now, you lazy, slumbering masses, while you still have time to find out what you’re stumbling, in your desire to be politically correction, into.
The Bible’s invectives against incest, adultery, homosexuality, profanity, murder and so forth, are nothing compared to the Koran’s and the Hadith’s. The Bible reproves those who take judgment into their own hands. The Bible only says to have nothing to do with sinners. Our secular government tells us we must. When the Muslims take over, as Pew Research says they will, those young enough now to be living in those future days, will have hell to pay for what they’ve been misled into doing or supporting.
You’ll find yourself under the executioner’s sword for merely praying for the good old fire and brimstone days of Christianity and the mercy of God through Jesus Christ.
But that is Man for you; stubborn, defiant and arrogant, he always has to do things the hard way.