Friday, August 03, 2012

Christians Historically Swim Against the Tides of the World

Christ's Charge to Peter by Raphael, 1515. In ...
Christ's Charge to Peter by Raphael, 1515. In telling Peter to shepherd his sheep, Christ was appointing him as a pastor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The time has come for a broad-base assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women" --Reverend William Owens, Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP).

We are not called of Christ to be so sympathetic with the needs or pains of others that we would endorse any solution. For example, we feel deeply for the one in so much pain that he or she wants to die; yet we will not help that person commit suicide. We sympathize with those who have gripping desires (obsessions), such as stealing for no reason; yet we will not help those persons steal. And so it goes... those who follow and obey Christ love differently, as did He.
     He who did not seek to ease the discomfort of the "rich young ruler" with human sympathy has shown that His way often seems beyond understanding. The people of the Risen Christ will continue to be quickly misunderstood and wrongly judged if they will not yield to human need first whatever the spiritual cost, rather than to seek godly responses to suffering and desire, whatever the cost to themselves. The people of God are called, also, to respond in holy love and vigor. 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways--Isaiah 55:8. Thus says the Lord, whose word stands forever.

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