GOD IS NOT ALWAYS IN CONTROL
BUT He does know the END from the BEGINNING, “declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” (Isa 46:10). God has a Plan and Purpose for Mankind even as we pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt 6:10)
When we make a broad generalization such as ‘God is in control’ and follow it with ‘BUT’, it becomes a fallacious statement. God is not in control when man is given over to his self will and makes good and/or wrong choices for his own benefit or to his detriment.
Such has happened in the case of Christian parents who raised their children to know God and did their best to provide a home for them that honored God and His Word. Then the roof fell in on them because of a child who became wayward, rebellious, ‘worldly’, deceitful, and finally leaves the comforts of a good home and family. And for what? But to join those on the broad road that leads to destruction (Mt 7:13-14) to go with the flow, to follow a lifestyle of the perverse and perverted.
This post is about dealing with homosexual children in our own families who marry their same sex partners. Same sex marriage is becoming more and more commonplace since the law of the land in America has given homosexuals permission to practice unnatural sex, and demands that the citizens accept the changing face of modern society, like it or not.
For sure, each family will deal with their family members according to their comfort level and spiritual maturity. Until such a situation hits you in the face, it is difficult to say what the outcome will be regarding our responses and reactions to those relatives who are ‘different’ and go against ‘tradition’. How to deal with the comments from friends is yet another matter.
This is a serious case for Applied Christianity 101, or putting Biblical principles into practice. But how can we do this unless we really know what the Bible says on the subject. I’ve heard it said, “God loves the sinner, but hates his sin.” This is a truism more than we realize. God may love the sinner, and hate his sin, BUT the self righteous Christian not only hates the sin, but he hates the sinner as well. John 3:16 tells us that God loves the WORLD, that means EVERYONE. Jesus did not hesitate to socialize with sinners and outcasts- embezzlers, thieves, prostitutes, adulterers, lepers (the sick and ugly), murderers, and all unbelievers. The Bible says He came, “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10); Jesus didn’t come for the righteous, but to call the sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32) and show them the way to heaven (John 14:1-4).
We are ALL SINNERS saved by the grace of God. There are two kinds of sinners, those who are the saved sinners, and those who are (yet) unsaved sinners. The apostle Paul said he was the worst sinner of all, the chief of sinners, “…that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1Tim 1:15)
May we be mindful to extend God’s mercy and grace to our wayward family members. And while we’re at it, extend this same attitude to not only homosexuals, but also to everyone in the LGBT community; and the homeless, lonely, disabled; those with challenges and disorders, whatever problems or burdens these folks may have or are going through. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, let it not be the only seasons or reasons for showing some kindness and charity to others, but let it be becoming of us to display Christian character to others ALL the time, beginning with our own families.
So I have no answers for anyone, just this word: Don’t waste your tears anymore, but with your tears, PRAY for your son or daughter, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and others by their name, bringing them before God’s throne of Grace and Mercy and intercede for their salvation. May God hear our prayers and answer them, be merciful to our homosexual relatives and SAVE THEIR SOULS.
If you believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word, you will do this. Heaven is a real place, and so is Hell. Jude, half-brother of Jesus, said to ‘pull them out of the fire!’
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 1:20-23)