It’s truly disturbing to see the media and society accepting sexual deviation and perversion as the “new normal”. That’s what Bruce Jenner was quoted as saying in an article this morning. “I am the new normal”. Sorry, Bruce, that’s a huge NO! You need to love yourself the way God created you as a man. Despite outward changes and alterations, Jenner will always be a man. His hormones and dna tell the tale.
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus tells us what the law is that we are to follow and live. It’s about love: our love towards God, which always comes first and then comes loving our neighbor like we love, value or appreciate ourselves. How can we love our neighbor if our self-view is distorted? Do we love our neighbor within our own parameters? You know the answer to that: of course not. We love our neighbors and ourselves within Godly parameters. That means we don’t support sinful choices or behavior on either our neighbor’s part or our own. For us believers, we follow Jesus and literally live His way of life and love. That’s the same Jesus who told the woman who was caught in the act of adultery to “go forth and sin no more”.
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Please don’t misunderstand me here. I am not advocating approaching every LGBT person you know or know of and confronting him or her. Not at all. God gives us all the ability to make right and wrong choices and live with the positive and negative consequences of those choices. What I am not advocating is those of us who are God’s following society’s lead and accepting what God calls sexual perversion, unnatural affection and an abomination as “normal”. Scripture clearly tells us not to be part of this world’s ways and sins but to follow Jesus, whose kingdom is literally not of this world.
Romans 1:21-28 NKJV
Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error what is due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.
Let’s look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith who says:
And, behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates of the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolators, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Pray with me, please: Father God, this world is getting more and more sexually perverse, lawless and loveless. Help Your people to see things as You do and not to succumb to this world’s lures, enticement and lack of morals. Help us to be those lights set upon a hill for all to see, and let Your love and way shine through us and our lives. Thanks for giving us the spiritual eyes to see how man’s wrong choices continue to support the downward spiral. Jesus, we need You to return so badly to set things right. Only You can do that. Help us to be strong in You regardless of trials and persecution that lay in the road ahead for us all. Thanks for being there for us like the Father was there for You. In Your name, Jesus, amen.
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