If God calls them "sodomites", ----------------------------- Feedback Box:
what should Christians call them?
Beware of being offended by words which God has chosen!
God does not choose any word to insult anybody. God chooses words in love. If you call one of God's precious gifts an insult, it won't be the first time God has experienced that. But if you are able to be contemptuous of good in this matter, beware lest you harden your heart until you are able to be contemptuous of God's offer of Heaven for all eternity in His loving presence!
I don't use God's terminology to offend anybody, to insult anybody, or to express hatred for anybody, either. I use it only because God uses it. God is the standard of Love. How could anybody express more love, than to repeat God's Words? If you think your life and your words can set a better standard of Love than God can, are you ready to let the world scrutinize, as it does God, what you have to offer?
In the abortion war of words, it is actually considered controversial to call abortion "murder". But most prolife leaders insist on calling it just that, while courts nip at the edges of the freedom to do so. But many of the same Christian activists who insist on calling abortion "murder" are scandalized at the thought of calling homosexuality "sodomy". Why?
Sodomy is as much an abomination as abortion. Sodomy has fewer innocent victims, but it is more open. And "murder" isn't even God's choice of words; but "sodomy" is.
I can tell you a couple of practical reasons for continuing to call it "sodomy". The first is that it is, indeed, the word God uses, and everybody knows it. Nobody wants to be reminded that there is a God in Heaven who judges the judgments of human courts. God's use of the term "sodomy" associates the practice of homosexuality with the final abomination committed by the men of Sodom before God rained down fire and brimstone upon the city from Heaven. The word reminds us that not only is there a God in Heaven who judges the courts of men, but that this particular sin, sodomy, was judged more dramatically than any other.
Our society desperately needs to be reminded that there is a God in Heaven. The use of God's terminology appears to be an extremely effective means to this end, judging by the passions it usually arouses.
It is true that those who defend sodomy have taken to themselves great power -- in fact, all the power which Christians used to have before they laid down their reins. Obviously Iowa has a governor committed to defying God, big time. He muscles through cross dressers rights, he vetoed the Women's Right to Know Act which would have informed abortion customers of alternatives, and now he encourages high school seniors to boast of their sodomy during graduation ceremonies!
Governor Vilsak recently announced his support for three college scholarships named after Matthew Shepard, the sodomite who was killed last year. The scholarships will be awarded to Iowa high school students who are openly practicing homosexuals and who will publicly announce their behavior at their high school graduation ceremony.
This follows up Vilsak's defiant veto of the legislature's annullment of his executive order protecting the right of state workers to cross dress on the job!
Meanwhile Vermont has created a new category of sodomite marriage called "civil contracts", which the "full faith and disclosure" clause of the Constitution puts pressure on other states to respect. And when he does these things, the Des Moines Register is not at all critical. I guess they think Vilsak is really great for having courage, or something.
So how should Christians respond? Should we remain polite at all costs? Should we take great care to avoid saying anything which might displease the governor, or the Mob Media? Shall we be diligent to always communicate our respect for these defiant rebels who seem to have the respect of each other? Shall we avoid inflammatory phrases like "defiant rebels"?
Or shall we "call them like we see them"? Shall we say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, even when that "inflames" liars?
WHY shall we tell the truth? Because we enjoy being labelled "extremists"? Because we like having our friends step back from us, lest they sweat from the heat we are receiving? Because we appreciate seeing people react with fury to the tenderest, most loving warnings we know how to give?
We shall tell it because we weep for the sins of our land, and we pray for revival that will save our neighbors from God's judgment.
Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.
I think that when people openly, boastfully defy God, the only appropriate response is to go right up to them, no matter how powerful they are, and to prophesy to them, in the power of God.
Governor Vilsak, you need to step down, sir. Your contempt for God is putting all Iowans at great risk of judgment. State Representative Chiodo, and state senator McCoy, on Des Moines south side, and every other legislator who voted with Vilsak for the abomination of cross dressers in state government, you need to step down. Your defiance of God is putting your people at risk. Everyone who is offended by public allusions to God, you need to rethink whose side you are on.
Psalm 2 describes how God laughs at the absurdity of governors and state legislators working together to pull God down off His Throne. And the thought of it really is funny. But there is another Scripture describing how God feels about all this, which describes how I feel right now:
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Yes, it really is important that you, as well as I, use the words God has taught us. It really is important that just as we scrutinize each other for every kind of sin, so also we call this most visible of all sins exactly what it is: (with all the love for the sinner which by God's Grace we can muster): sodomy.
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