In the world today it is harder and harder for Christians to stand up for what we know to be true, not only in our political and social circles, but also in our churches. In today’s world, the evil one has blurred the lines between right and wrong to the point that those who are not grounded in basic Biblical truths are confused and afraid to stand for Biblical truth.
I conversed recently with a former elected official and current candidate who is a Christian in Harris County. We discussed Biblical marriage, specifically my stand against the homosexual agenda. She indicated to me that, as Christians, we should not judge others by pointing out their sins, referring to the passage in John 8, “He who has no sin cast the first stone.” She felt that since all of us are sinners, we do not have the right to point out the sins of the world.
In another recent conversation with my friend and pastor Doug Brooks of the Woodland Trails Baptist Church, I mentioned to him that I had spoken with Christians who would not stand against homosexuality because they believe “God made them that way.” It is my opinion that since we are all made in the image of our Creator, we could not be born homosexual because God is not a homosexual.
Pastor Brooks then stated that God made Adam and Eve in his image without sin, but in Genesis 3 they ate the forbidden fruit. That’s when sin entered the world. Therefore, since we are direct descendents of Adam and Eve, we are born sinners.
All of us have a natural weakness for certain obvious sins, such as stealing, murder, adultery, drugs, and alcohol, as well as sexual sins, both heterosexual and homosexual. But these are not the only sins of the world. There are many others that today are considered normal and acceptable. These include the love of power, money, food (yes, gluttony)—and all are sinful. All of us have sinned, as Romans 3 points out, although I hate to say it of those of us who are believers justified by faith through Jesus Christ. But in the end, sin is sin; there is no sin that is better or worse than any other sin. All of us are sinners saved by grace, and all of us must struggle to overcome the sin in our own lives. For some, this seems to be easy. For others like myself, it can be extremely difficult. But does this mean we are to give up the fight and let everyone die in their own sins without hope?
The reason we are concentrating so heavily these days on homosexuality is because Biblical marriage and the traditional family is being undermined by the homosexual agenda. We are being bullied and forced into accepting evil as normal and acceptable behavior in America, and this is something that is in direct conflict with the word of God, specifically, Leviticus 18. We, and especially our children, have become desensitized to homosexuality. This has diluted the beautiful plan for man and woman that God put into place when he created the “first couple.” Therefore, we must fight to keep our Biblical culture and way of life this nation was founded upon (www.faithofourfathers.net).
Many Christians these days have neglected Romans 12:2, which instructs us not to conform to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. We go to church on Sundays, and some throw in an extra day on Wednesdays. Inside our formal sanctuaries, we are Christians. But when we leave the building, we face the world and quietly go back to relying on our faith to save us. We are afraid to speak up for God’s Word and for His Biblical truth. It’s as if we embrace it under the roof of the church, but when out in the world feel safer just sitting back and letting others die without hope. I think we rest too comfortably in our faith. We turn a blind eye and are passive when others misrepresent God’s intents and purposes.
Faith without works is dead, according to the verses in James 2. Does this mean we are saved by our works? NO! Are we justified by faith, or by works? Matt Slick answers this question in his article featured on the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry website, which is definitely worth the reading. In a nutshell, faith, if it is true, will result in works appropriate to salvation. After all, didn’t God say in Eph. 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
So what does this mean for us? If we are in fact saved members of the body of Christ, we have an obligation to the body to work with the other members to stand up for and spread the Word of God. This means we must be active Christians—not couch Christians—for the Bible says we are to be the salt and light of the world. And if Christ is indeed within us and we hide him within the church or our homes, are we not in direct conflict with the Word of God, so poignantly illustrated in Matthew 5?
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
As Christians, we have an obligation to bring light into the world. It is our calling, and we must answer the call by reaching deep within ourselves and finding the courage to stand up for what we know to be right. Let’s work together as believers to reach in the hearts and minds of the American people and steer our nation back to its Biblical roots. Let’s work together to develop contagious faith that attracts others, rather than pushing them away. Let us come together as believers to support one another in the Bible so that none of us become weary and disheartened.
John 15:18 says, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” And when we do take that stand for Christ, we will be hated by the world. We will be mocked. We will be called names and labeled homophobic. But take courage that we are not of this world, and therefore when the world hates us we know that we stand in good company. Paul said it best: “Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea.”
So let us engage the battle and come together to comfort one another as believers as long as we have breath.