So, I’ve had several folks ask me lately what I think about the whole gay marriage thing with President Obama. I’ll be honest, those who ask me usually don’t care for my response. I said it right there in the title. I’m guessing that will probably frustrate some of the folks who may read this. No doubt all those who are ready to go picket at the lawn of the White House won’t like my opinion. But, I’m telling you… God really doesn’t care about President Obama stating his support of gay marriage. Can I tell you what God cares about? How about what God is disappointed in?
God is disappointed in Christians all over the world who won’t even share their faith with their neighbors. Sure, we’ll sign a petition. We’ll plaster Facebook with our thoughts about Obama. Maybe we’ll actually even get out and vote this year. But, for some odd reason, we won’t share the greatest thing we could ever share with a friend.
You realize this is exactly the Evil One’s tactics, right!? He knows that if he can get your focus on the president and politics… then you’ll miss an opportunity right in front of your nose to makes waves in the Kingdom. You can argue with me as much as you want. But I do not believe God really cares whether gay marriage is legalized in America or not. What God cares about is whether you and I are willing to share Christ with homosexuals.
When is the last time you paused your petition to build a relationship?
Jesus said time after time that the second most important commandant next to loving God with all your heart is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The problem is that I want to define who exactly is my neighbor. I want to define who I like personally. And quite frankly, there’s too many of us “Christians” who are unwilling to accept a homosexual as my neighbor. As a follower of Christ, you’re still called and commanded to love them as your neighbor. It doesn’t mean that you are accepting the lifestyle they are living. It doesn’t mean that you are supporting President Obama and his take on gay marriage. What it does mean is that you are willing to OVERLOOK their stance and their lifestyle… all so you may have the opportunity to share Christ with them. You see, if we as followers of Christ would spend the same amount of time and energy sharing Christ with others that we do going out of our way to voice our disagreement… our country probably wouldn’t be in the shape it is in today. God is more concerned about complacent Christians than he is about legalized gay marriage throughout our country.
Here’s the question… Which have you spoken more about today… President Obama, politics and/or gay marriage… Or, the love and grace of Christ? If it’s not the latter then I would challenge you to re-focus.
Be Blessed, Pastor Scott