Everyone lives by morals. The only question in our “democratic” (ha!) society is, “Whose moral standards will we live by?
My wife wanted to do some research online, and decided to check out “You-tube”. Instead of seeing one of the commercials we’re all subjected to before viewing the desired video, a little sermon, totally unrelated to her research subject, was preached by two gay men with their adopted children, attempting to convince her that there really is no such thing as “normal”. They meant, of course, that we should all forget the “old” and “outdated” notion that a family consists of mother, father, and their natural or adopted children. There was no option to skip the sermon.
My first thought when she told me the story was that if not for “normal” neither of the men or their adoptees would even exist to challenge thousands of years of tradition. In fact, without a mother and a father, none of us would be here: the human race would be extinct. God made Adam a “suitable helper” (Genesis 2:20-25) and it was a woman. Woman is biologically and physically “suitable” for the man, and another man is not.
What did you say-how dare I judge, and didn’t Jesus Christ say “Do not judge?”
Yes, he did say that. He also said “You brood of vipers”. He said “Repent”. He said “You hypocrites”. He said “Go, and sin no more”, and he said:
“Haven’t you read that at the beginning God made them male and female, and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife’?” (Matthew 19:4-5).
Jesus was far more direct than I’ve been. So when Jesus said “Do not judge” he obviously didn’t mean, “Do not ever decide or comment that some things are right and some things are wrong, because absolutely anything goes, and you can all live just any way you want to…”
I’ve written at length on this subject:
Many, including “leaders”, in the church are folding like spiritual wimps and apostates under the conviction that to suggest that one thing is wrong and another is right is being judgmental. Which Bible do they read? The answer must be that they don’t read any Bible, because it’s full from cover to cover with judgments and commentaries and warnings along the lines that we all must avoid certain actions attitudes, weaknesses and lifestyles: how can you miss it?
My example is from the story of Lot in Sodom. Yes, I know the wimps avoid this one like the plague, but there’s something in the story I want you to notice. When the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house, determined to impose their own view of morality onto those who didn’t go along with it, Lot pleaded with them not be so wicked. Here is their response to Lot:
“This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge!” (Genesis 19:9).
To paraphrase their words, they were saying “How dare you judge us…!”
Of course, it didn’t occur to the men of Sodom that they themselves were judging others. All they cared about was what they wanted. This is the spirit of our politically correct age: silence all opposition by making their view wrong, and our view right, or in short, by calling wrong right and right wrong; accuse them of being hateful; deny them their freedom by instituting our own view of freedom and making it law.
There is one Judge who doesn’t have to listen to any of them-including President Obama. He has his own agenda…and He’s no wimp.