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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Does Love Bake the Cake?

I saw a tweet last week that really showed me the shallow knowledge many "Christians" have when it comes to the biblical view of love. The church has become inundated with a worldly view of love, a love that accepts everyone without question, even when those they accept are involved in unbiblical practices such as homosexuality. This was the tweet:
What is the presupposition behind this tweet? "Homosexuals are who they are because God made them this way, and in order to be loving we need to embrace them and accept them for who they are." However, this is an unbiblical view of love. I propose that love would not give to all who ask. Love would not bake the cake. Love would not take the photos. And love would not go to the wedding. Endorsing the homosexual lifestyle is not the biblical view of love. It's the opposite. Here's why.
To give credence to something that the Bible calls evil leads a person down a path of destruction. And for a Christian to embrace and promote a person in willful rebellion against God will ultimately lead that person to hell. True biblical love promotes truth not sin. True biblical love cares enough about the person caught in sin to tell them their need of repentance. True biblical love exposes sin because it genuinely cares about people's souls.

Love Does Not Celebrate Evil

1 Corinthians 13:6 it (love) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Homosexuality is "wrongdoing." The Bible makes this clear- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Since homosexuality is wrong doing, it is unloving for the Christian to embrace those caught in it, even if involved claim to be Christians.

Love Does Not Give To All Who Ask

Before we even look a what the Bible says about this, let's think about the statement from a parent/child aspect. Is it love to give something harmful to my child, even if he begs me for it? If I know it has potential to bring him harm I'm not going to give it to him no matter how much he wants it. Giving him something harmful him is unloving.
Homosexuality is harmful. It can cause physical and emotional trauma. This is because God has not designed the male body for male to male sex, or the female body for female to female sex. The female body was designed for male sex and vice versa. Here are some health risks of the homosexual lifestyle.
Excessive sexual promiscuity results in serious medical consequences — indeed, it is a recipe for transmitting disease and generating an epidemic.11 The HIV/AIDS epidemic has remained a predominantly gay issue in the U.S. primarily because of the greater degree of promiscuity among gays.12 A study based upon statistics from 1986 through 1990 estimated that 20-year-old gay men had a 50 percent chance of becoming HIV positive by age 55.13 As of June 2001, nearly 64 percent of men with AIDS were men who have had sex with men.14 Syphilis is also more common among gay men. The San Francisco Public Health Department recently reported that syphilis among the city’s gay and bisexual men was at epidemic levels. According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Physical health problems
Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are virtually unknown in the heterosexual population. Lesbians are also at higher risk for STDs. In addition to diseases that may be transmitted during lesbian sex, a study at an Australian STD clinic found that lesbians were three to four times more likely than heterosexual women to have sex with men who were high-risk for HIV.
Mental health problems
It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians. This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S. Depression and drug abuse are strongly associated with risky sexual practices that lead to serious medical problems.
Life span
The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy.
Monogamy, meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, particularly among gay men. One study reported that 66 percent of gay couples reported sex outside the relationship within the first year, and nearly 90 percent if the relationship lasted five years.

Does the Bible really say "love gives to all who ask?"

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
James is talking about prayer in this verse. He says that there are prayers that go unanswered. Why? Because those asking for things to spend on their passions. God does not give to them, because they are asking for things that will harm them. Not only that, but they are sinning by asking. God will not answer those kinds of prayers.
Psalms 18:41 They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
We see here that God did not answer the prayers of David's enemies, even when they cried out to Him.
Micah 3:4 Then they will cry to the Lord,but he will not answer them;he will hide his face from them at that time,because they have made their deeds evil.
Why is God hiding his face and refusing to answer the people of Israel? Because their deeds were evil. Since homosexuality is condemned by God it is evil. Love does not give to all who ask.

Love would not bake the cake, take the photos, and no, it would not go to the wedding

Contrary to what Mega Church Pastor Andy Stanley said Jesus would not have baked the cake.
Jesus promoted the biblical view of marriage, then He commanded that this God ordained union (a union only between a man and a woman) not be separated. Mark 10:7-10 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
Notice first the word "wife." The Greek word for "wife" is gyne and it means- woman; wife; a betrothed woman. Second notice that "the two (man and woman) shall become one flesh." This is does not, and cannot take place between two males or two females. Third, the biblical view of marriage was ordained by God who commanded that "man not separate." Although this is primarily referring to divorce, an argument could be made for the command not redefine the God ordained view of marriage.
Jesus would have never been involved in something that violates God’s Law. Nor would He ever have endorsed a practice that harms other people. Some would say, "But didn't Jesus hang out with sinners? Didn't He eat at their houses, and even say that He came for them?" The answer is yes. But if you look at each incident in the Gospels where Jesus "hung out" with sinners such as prostitutes and tax collectors, He never endorsed or promoted their sin. As a matter of fact, He called them to repentance (John 4:16-18; Luke 19:8-10).
Christ loved sinners. And since Christ loved them, so should we. However, Jesus never endorsed or promoted their sin. He lovingly called them to repentance because He loved their souls. Therefore love does no harm to another person, but seeks what is best for them. This is why it would be unloving to "bake the cake, take the photos, and yes- even go to the wedding."

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