I was going to bed with a full mind & heavy spirit last night after a whole month of major news events such as: transexual/gay/lesbian agenda publicity,racially influenced hate crime shooting in a Charleston, SC ,banning of the confederate flag. Then 2 days ago the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Talk about MAJOR events in modern times! Should be a cause to CELEBRATE right? Well..about that...
I start seeing so many hate filled opinions in my social media from people making statements that cause division, judgement, & utter disrespect for humanity. Starting arguments, unrest, division & enabling hate to multiply.It made my stomach turn!
I felt so saddened & confused by people’s reactions including fellow CHRISTIANS responding with chastisement & division towards the VERY people who are given new freedoms! I don't feel it’s a compromise to extend love & acceptance & celebrate the newly given freedoms for a group of people who have felt neglected & unequal by our nations laws for so long. I am sure many in history have felt the same way during times when segregation or slavery ended. It cost many their comfortable & familiar way of life. Many were forced to accept change they did not endorse & for many it cost them everything they had, but the changes were necessary for the betterment of our society and the world at large. We as a nation are at a crossroads again; to choose to make our society better by embracing equality.How do we respond?
I am a holy spirit filled, born again Christian believer in God & Jesus Christ. It hurts my heart to see the division & lack of LOVE that surfaces from some other Christians during this time of testing. When others start to attack this concept of equal rights for those they feel are "living against the Word of God or living in sin". For one, who are WE to judge? Doesn't the word of God say he who is without sin be one to cast the 1st stone? ......but none of us are without sin (John 8:7)! So once you open your mouth to speak against another, you are opening the door for judgement right back onto yourself & division & hate takes place. A cycle of hate & segregation continues. Our God solves this issue in Isaiah 33:22 "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.” That leaves US free to LOVE and extend grace & forgiveness and move forward in peace & unity (All these things he gives us freely & as he has freely given to us, we should freely give them back).
When I was going to sleep last night I was crying out to God in my prayer "What of all this Lord? How do I respond, how should I feel? I don't want to draw the wrong conclusion on all of this.” He responded with "There is no right or wrong answer. How do you feel?” This response took my breath away! How do I feel??....I feel LOVE! He flooded me with responses in his word about LOVE (1 Peter 4:8) “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Then I am reminded of his mercy in Luke 6 .. LOVE COMES BEFORE JUDGEMENT--without love we have nothing!
We have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected within us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
How did GOD show his love for us? 1 John 4:16 "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." When we accept Christ into our lives as Savior & King, he then starts an initiation process of cleansing & holiness. He empowers us by his spirit with heavens version of LOVE, COMPASSION, MERCY, & GRACE. He never asks us to go & condemn the world for not living the lifestyles we were led to by Holy Spirit. That happens by the Lord’s doing on his timeline and personally in each transformed life. All he asks us to do is LOVE one another. John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another."
So this response to my prayer of what should I feel... was mind blowing! I felt immediate freedom to accept, love, celebrate, support, & UNIFY with the new changes of the times we are living in, BECAUSE they were positive & in possession of LOVE & UNITY!
As generations have learned to do with each passing of old traditions we should embrace the new. The focus of this change is equality, respect, unity, & hope. I am reminded of how much I LOVE Colossians 3 and the part in verse 11 "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all." CHRIST IS IN ALL!
And LOVE is KEY! Love sets us FREE!
Col 3:14 "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."