And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Luke 12:42-48 KJV
It occurs to me that there is a lot of hate directed at the church these days. I suppose this is no different than it was from the beginning when they stoned Stephen, and maybe that is part of our error–that we think it is something new when in fact it is not. At least in America, it is not yet as bad as it was for the early church. We’re not being stoned/crucified/beheaded/immolated in the streets. So some of this hate is endemic upon the church; they hated our master, naturally they will also hate us.
But some of this hate is new, and it is invited upon us by our own behavior. Proscriptions against sinful behavior are things which we can enforce only within the church. We were never called or appointed to be the morality police for the world. Occasions in which the church (or any other religion for that matter) have done this have rapidly descended into chaos and worse. The church is within its right to compel ministers engaging in sinful behavior to vacate their office. It is within its duty as defined in scripture for the church to put members out of its fellowship if they are living wantonly. Individual Christians are within their secular rights to petition, protest, demonstrate, and vote as their Christian conscience leads them. It is the duty of government to maintain the peace and dignity of the people and uphold the rule of law. Included in this is the expectation of safety and enforcement of public decency.
Who of us, when we became Christians, came to Christ as a shining example of righteousness? None. Likewise, we are in error when we try to impose our church discipline upon the world. It will not have the desired effect, and it will create–it has created–animosity toward the church and worse, toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I’m not a fan of gay rights and all that. I’m not a fan of same-sex marriage, so I will not be marrying a person of my sex. The church has really fumbled the ball here, and gotten involved in a civics battle in which we were never intended to engage. The licensing of marriages is a creation of the state, and is really nothing more than a scheme to score a few bucks off a thing that a lot of people do. The fact is that for millennia people have married in ceremonies according to their religious or cultural beliefs.
And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:67 KJV
Did you get that? Jewish patriarch Isaac married Rebekah by bringing her into the tent. The NIV says “Isaac brought her into the tent…and he married her.” There was no ceremony, reception, or stomping champagne glasses in there. They consummated their marriage. Period. That was the ceremony. That was the wedding. Marriage is a ridiculously simple thing in the bible.
The church is behaving stupidly in this matter of same-sex marriage and, I believe, betraying the Great Commission. Its behavior is comparable to the failure of the 1st century Israelites who were looking for a secular Messiah to come and overthrow their Roman oppressors, and so missed their King riding into town on a donkey.
You had one job, church–one job.
Homosexuality is a grave matter within the church. It has become a stumbling block to the real work of the church, and the church is the main reason. As I have said before, no practicing homosexual should be a minister in the church, nor should any practicing adulterer, thief, liar, or gossiper (not an exhaustive list, by the way). Outside the church, these things are just facts of life. We are not here to change the world. Dominionism/Kingdom Now–the belief that the church must purify the world so Christ can return–is heresy, and what a heresy it is. We cannot purify our own thoughts and behaviors, yet somehow we are supposed to change the world up to God’s standards? What a joke! And that’s just one of its many heretical teachings.
I indict you, church, for your failure to execute the Great Commission, choosing instead to whore yourself out into the corruption of secular politics. You have failed. Rather than distribute that which you were given (the Gospel), you have elected to beat those whom you deem not as “holy” as you (and it extends far beyond homosexuality). The above scripture has a parallel in Matthew 24:45-51, and in it, it says “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (vv. 50-51).
“And shall…appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.”
Do you want to halt the rising tide of the LGBT movement? Too bad, you blew your chance. A proper evangelizing of this country with the unadulterated Good News of Jesus Christ might just have thwarted it before it ever came. It will now have to run its course. Will you continue to shout to the state to give you Barabbas, or will you return to your task, that being the sharing of the Gospel with a lost world (yes, including those LGBTs)? Consider yourself warned.
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Luke 14:16-24 KJV
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Mark 16:15-18 KJV
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.