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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Love God, Pursue Holiness

"Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right" (Acts 10:34-35).

On May 9, 2012, President of the United States, Barak Obama, endorsed the controversial position of homosexual marriage. Upon this unsettling, but not unexpected, revelation, emotions on both sides of the issue were greatly ignited. Supporters were encouraged while those in opposition spoke out over the attack on the sanctity of marriage. Those that took a traditional and more conservative position have been accused of being on the "wrong side of history." Though the president's remarks do not officially change the laws in this nation, it has brought to the surface the need to clarify real Truth from the Source of Truth.

For centuries and beyond, people of a religious and non-religious nature have judged others because they didn't fit in the precise mold of their traditions. How very opposite is the model of the love and grace that Jesus both taught and lived. Our history is filled with examples of the name of Christ being misused under then guise of "defending" Him.

However, God showed Peter the truth. There is a standard of truth, but not what we have made it. The standard is this - to fear God, know who He is, and what He expects.  We are to know that He is holy, intolerable of sin, and is to be surrendered to. We are to learn His ways, live them out, and do what is right.

God's word, though unpopular with the ever-changing tide of "current culture" is still true. Sin is wrong. The Bible clarifies marriage between a man and a woman. This may put Christians on the "wrong side of history." Our focus is not being on the right side of history, but being on the right side of holiness. That being said, the debate and focus cannot be aimed solely on gay marriage. Holiness applies to every aspect our lives. How can we, with integrity, become so heated and emboldened over gay marriage when the divorce rate among Christians is still at 50%. With hypocrisy and pride among the same individuals that were enraged at the president's endorsement at an all time high, how can we become so blind. What credibility do we have when our lives are not focused on living in complete holiness before the Lord?

We must never back down to the pressures of what has become popular. At the same time, we must never compromise on any area that stains the purity of the fabric of holiness. So what, then, do you do? Choose to live with the clarity of your convictions that are based upon the never-changing Word of God, and not the evolving opinions of others. Refuse to live in a manner of divisive bitterness, but united with those who seek to live in the fear of the Lord Jesus Christ and who seek to honor Him and His word in their every day lives. You are not called to judge. You are called to live on the right of holiness, not on one issue, but in every aspect of life.