Saturday, July 11, 2015

How Do We Cope?

***Well, it has been a week, but I'm finally going to blog about our pastor's sermon last week on the Biblical definition of marriage, and how we as Christians should respond to what is going on in our culture today. He started out with this statement: God designed marriage, so God gets to define marriage. That is so true. He is very clear in His word that marriage is intended to be between a man and a woman.

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24

"Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." I Corinthians 7:2

There are more, but you get the idea. There really is no doubt what God intended marriage to be. Now, I know, the world doesn't care what God intended, they care about perverting it into something it is not, to their own ends. James referred to these scriptures:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20

Romans 1:18-32 is a perfect description of what is going on today. I urge you to read it. Here is part of the passage:

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

So how are we to respond? Here's where my toes got bruised. James reminded us that our battle is against the Devil, and always has been. We are to pray for those who curse us. It's easy to respond with fear and anger - my response is usually incredulity, then anger.

Luke 6:28 says: 
"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."

Not.Easy. This is where I fail time and time again. James reminded us that we have the answer to all of this. We know Who sits on the throne, and we should never be afraid. He concluded with saying the answer is to continue to proclaim the gospel. We've read the end of the Book, and we know who emerges victorious. We have to deal with a lot of bad stuff while we're here, but knowing that in the end we will be in heaven forever should bring great joy to us.  

I'm sure I left some good stuff out since I didn't get to this for a week, but you get the gist. I'm working on my attitude - my first inclination when I see people rejoicing that those Christian bakers who wouldn't do a gay wedding cake are losing their livelihood is to get snarky and spit back at them. I've been too darn busy this week to get into any arguments, so that's good. When I do have the chance to read and participate in debate again, I really intend to respond with a more Christian attitude. Man, that's tough for me. 

***Speaking of attitude...

when you honk your horn

***The cat melted.


***This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

***Have a great day!

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