Thursday, September 3, 2009

Straddling the Fence

It was recently announced that the Lutheran church became the 2nd major Christian group to liberalize policies governing who can minister in the faith; namely homosexuals. This new ruling gives local congregations the authority to choose ministers who are in “lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships.”

Now, it is clearly understood that America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave” and that our Bill of Rights afford us the luxuries of free speech and the freedom to practice religion the way we choose, but it stands to reason that if the basis of Christianity is built upon the principals of biblical text then that is what it should adhere to.

The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is wrong. There is no gray area with respect to that matter. As a matter of fact, two cities were destroyed with fire and brimstone by God for that very thing. So how, in good conscious can a Christian church approve this ruling and the Christian body as a whole not speak out against it?

The institution of the Christian church has become a mockery in our society because, even though there are still a lot of fundamentally sound churches, many of them have foregone the teaching of the Bible in favor of trying to be “politically correct”. They don’t want to offend anyone because in doing so, they fear they may lose money in the collection plates. But the bottom line is that many of these churches are straddling the fence.

What would happen if a group of followers of the Muslim faith decided that they wanted to make it ok to eat pork, despite the teachings of the Qur’an? It would never be allowed to happen! The Muslim faith would be in an uproar if such a thing was ever even considered.

Even Buddhists and Hinduism have lines that will not be crossed, yet followers of the Christian faith continue to make concessions and compromises and it has to end. Stand for something and stick with it, or stop calling yourself a Christian church.

No, no one is perfect but wrong is wrong. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God then the principals should be preached accordingly and accepted without compromise. If you believe that that killing, lying and stealing are wrong, and you agree with according to your belief in the Bible, then you can’t just arbitrarily decide that you don’t want to accept that homosexuality and abortion are wrong just because it doesn’t fit your agenda.

If you decide those are things that you wish to partake in despite the fact that your beliefs teach that they are morally wrong, then that is your decision. But don’t try to make it seem like everyone else is wrong because they don’t agree with you. Pick a side and stop straddling the fence.

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