Maybe it is time to look at current events from a higher perspective. The brutality and response symbolize a systemic, societal problem that is part of our country's history. Outstretch hands of humility in compassion and empathy. Offer ears and hearts ready to listen. The twinge of resistance is buried in deep pride. We have everything to gain as a society rich in diverse culture. Black lives matter, and yes it is true, all lives matter, but in response to the current cry, is unfortunately steeped in pride and the wrong response. The ego of privilege is so ingrained in white lives, we are scratching and clawing in resistance. This is not the solution. The solution is listening with humility. Reaching out with compassion. Offer a love that is from Jesus. Then we can hope to reach new middle ground. (C) 2020 Rick Stassi
Does a Christian need to advocate homosexuality? Or, does he love, without condition, all people without regard to their personal afflictions, tendencies, or disposition? I yearn to reconcile this dilema in my path to heaven. Personal and cultural centric rationale and reason does not allow escape from diligent seeking answers through God. Is Christianity and homosexuality mutually exclusive? How can we love without appearing judgmental or exclusive? Professing a sincere acceptance, love, and tolerance of all people doesn’t seem so sincere when adhering to the absolute truth of Scripture. The Bible defines sin and the inheritance of heaven. It defines God’s children while calling the very same to love and not judge. There is pain in division but empathy and compassion bridge divisive gaps. I write this as a continuing search for personal and spiritual reconciliation.
Those who claim we all are God’s children are mistaken unless they are speaking of believers. All man is of God, but man is fallen. By grace we choose the way to atonement by believing Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. He is God.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:26.
Justifying homosexuality by declaring all people as children of God is a theological debate. It is not mine to judge or even to understand, reconcile, or accept anything of the world. I must, however, love. For without love, I am not adhering to the words of Jesus. The Bible outlines sin. However, the interpretation of Scripture can lead or it can mislead. It is in God’s word along with the Spirit’s leading, that Scripture will awaken our understanding. It is in a continual deeper reverence for God where our wisdom grows. Sin and Christ-centered belief are mutually exclusive and even those who are afflicted with any Biblically outlined sin, have every right to be unconditionally loved because of God’s grace.
It is forthright to seek God first, follow Jesus, listen to the Spirit who is within.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;” Matt 6:33.
Seeking God’s nature is first – human nature, whether cultural, societal, personal, or behavioral, are second.
Therefore, judge not another for any reason and avoid the constructs of a Postmodern culture which will misconstrue, contort, and justify accepted absolutes to fit cultural direction. There is God, His grace through Jesus Christ, and the will to seek Him. In this very action, we are promised to be children of God and to enjoy spiritual guidance through the Spirit, and indeed have an advocate to God through Jesus.
(c) 2017 rick stassi