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Anyone who knows me knows that while I may be a confident woman with a strong and passionate personality, I am not a woman who likes conflict at all!  This is one of those rare times when I feel like I am going to explode if I choose not to discuss this subject in order to avoid “conflict”.

It all started a few weeks ago when I shared a blog on my FB by Matt Walsh (A strong Christian blogger who now also contributes blogs for The Blaze).  The article (http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/bruce-jenner-is-not-a-woman-he-is-a-sick-and-delusional-man/) started a fierce firestorm on my wall.  Okay, I agree the title was a little harsh at first glance, but once I read the article (because thus far I agree with the majority of what Matt has to say) I got a much better picture of what Matt was referring to and the intent of his heart.

To my utter surprise I started receiving immediate backlash for posting it but not among the liberal, or gay friends that I have on FB, but among the “Christians”.

These were just a few of the remarks:

Who are we to Judge…. Who are we to say such hateful things about another human, Why do we as Christians feel it is ok to judge another person actions like this…. We may not have to agree with what another person chooses to do with their bodies but it is NOT OK TO SAY SUCH THINGS… We are to be a light to those hurting not a hammer of judgement on them!!!!! This article is far more disgusting than this lost soul!!!!!”

I was a bit taken back but decided I would sincerely invited this contact to “unfriend” me as it was obvious that this individual was extremely bothered by my post.

These are just some of the continued dialogue which was then directed towards me…

”I’m sorry if my opinion which also stands on the truth of Gods word offends you to the point that you feel the need to lash out to me a fellow Christian also! I choose to point out that LOVE is our goal and in turn get told to unfriend you! You are suppose to be an encouraging woman of God are you not…. Your reaction is seething with rudeness toward me! May God shine light on your heart to not be a woman that needs to be seen and heard but a woman that chooses to walk in his love and share that love. I believe that Jesus would rather hold this man and heal him than to throw stones at him.” 

When a few other FB friends, (some that I don’t even know to be Christian) spoke up in defense of me the backlash continued.

“I did not attack Sherrie. I just shared my opinion. Just because my opinion is different does not make my opinion wrong. I am calm, I have not said anything rude. I am not being argumentative or unedifying. I am getting more backlash for choosing to love the sinner and not the sin. Just because you may not agree with my stake on this article I am being attacked. Please stop acting like I am in the wrong just because I gave my honest approach to this issue. I have not torn anyone down but can you say the same? My exclamation points and capitals are far less hurtful than the words said on this stream!”

“Christians that act like this are the biggest reason nonbelievers run from embracing the love of God we are trying to share! I try to live each day spreading His love and I can do that without attacking others or being seen as this great amazing woman of God with all these followers standing up for me and patting me on the back and sitting at my feet.”   (emphasis/italics were mine to show some of the hypocrisy here).

My response to all of this:

The heart of Matt’s article is more about why we idolize what scripture clearly states as sin. That is not about judging but about speaking Truth. I am truly saddened by Bruce Jenner and the course his life has taken, but since he is putting everything out there he surely is inviting this and everybody has a right to speak their opinion.  This person’s response to me above was their opinion (and was filled with false accusations and lies toward me). Another one of my FB friend’s (who also had some issues with the article) shared her thoughts but chose not to make it personal. While I might not agree with her I will not attack her character as I know her and love her. Being Christian doesn’t mean we have to agree all the time. I just shared an article and then this person felt the need to attack my personal character.

I know I am opening myself up here but I’m really becoming confused, not by non- believers but by those within the church.  Those who supposedly have spent years in the church and I would hope to have delved into the infallible Word of God for themselves.  Unfortunately, many of those that would describe themselves as “Christ-followers”  that are wishing Matt and his family death threats and are saying seething things towards those of us “judgmental Christians” probably never take the time to crack open the Word of God for themselves and have fallen prey to the “tolerant” movement within the church.

Christian LOVE has been misinterpreted in our generation to mean “to tolerate” and to support sinful behavior so we don’t look judgmental.

Intolerance

 

 

I wonder what it would have been like if the townspeople came after Jesus and declared he was judging the woman at the well after calling her out for her sinful and adulteress relationships (See John 4), or the man who Jesus healed that had been laying on a mat for years and after healing him warned him that he better stop sinning or something worse would happen to him (John 5). Or should Jesus have apologized to all of those business owners after he turned over their tables in the temple (John 2:15)?  What about when Jesus called the temple teachers of the day (The Pharisees) “Snakes and brood of vipers”.

These examples are just a few and would most likely be considered/labeled judgmental or harsh today by some of the very same people that claim Him as Jesus and Lord.

In a world where more and more Christians are being attacked and martyred for their faith and strongly held beliefs or convictions by those who are supposed to be so “tolerant” sickens me.

Matt Walsh (the Christian blogger whose article I shared) consistently receives death threats towards himself and his family because of his own personal opinions and views just because they don’t line up with the left wing and LGBT community. Last time I checked it isn’t Christians that are out beheading those that disagree with them or suing them in courts and destroying their lives and businesses.

When is it okay for us to stand up for the principles in scripture such as abortion? Is that being too judgmental as well? Jesus called out unrighteous behavior calling the Pharisees a brood of vipers and told them they were going to hell. (See Matthew 23:33) Is that not a bit harsh? I would say it is not. It was righteous anger towards sinful behavior in man.  Men who were members of the church and claimed to love God! Man that He loved and shed His blood on a cross for, but that chose to deny Him and eventually plotted to have Him killed.

As Christ followers we are not to compromise our Biblical beliefs for the sake of getting along and not looking judgmental. Jesus warned his followers that they would be hated because of him so why are we so surprised when the world hates the values we stand for.  As a Christ follower and fellow sinner I will CONTINUE to love everyone that God puts before me regardless of their beliefs, sexuality, etc. Loving them doesn’t mean I have to support and condone their sinful lifestyle. It simply means that I am to remember that while I was a sinner Christ died for me and to extend that same love (not tolerance) to others.  Jesus Himself welcomed sinners to dine with Him and when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples why he ate with sinners. Jesus replied:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  Jesus (Matthew 9:12 NIV)

But there is a huge difference between choosing to love others as humans made in the image of God and accepting or giving approval to their sin.  I love my husband and I am called to honor him, but God never called me to enable/tolerate any sin in his life, but to speak truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)

Jesus loved all who came to Him but didn’t hesitate or shy away from sharing truth with them.  I’m sure that He was looked upon by many as judgmental or harsh.  But to those who were hungry for wholeness and healing, He fed them with the love that comes from the truth of God’s redemptive Word… and they were forever changed!

I find it interesting that Jesus’s rebukes were almost always pointed to those in the church rather than the lost.

In the book of Revelation chapter 2 Jesus took issue and rebukes one of the seven churches (Thyatira) for non-other than their “tolerating” the teachings of Jezebel who were misleading Christ’s servants into sexual immorality and calls them to repent or else.

“I have this against you; You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.  By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.  I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.  So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.” (NIV, emphasis mine)

Romans 1:20-29 defines the implications of rejecting God’s Truth and lays out what He considers sexual immorality.

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Especially notice verse 29, “since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind.”

The word depraved in the original Greek language Adokimos and means: 1. Debased, corrupt, unfit, impure, worthless. Of the nous, which is the mind. (Romans 1:28, rejection of the knowledge of God leads to a corrupt and worthless way of thinking). (Notice this is not speaking of the man himself, but of the mind and his thoughts).

 

Bruce Jenner’s delusional actions only confirm the words penned by the Apostle Paul as to what would happen to those that did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God.  I honestly can say that I feel deep compassion and sorrow for Bruce Jenner.  I pray that he turns to the One who knows him best and loves him most.  The Only One who can show him his true identity. The identity as a son of the Most High God who longs to heal the broken places and restore the manhood he once exemplified to the world.  (Watch this video https://youtu.be/4qsrkaZVOI4 ).

As Christians we need to be discerning and not fall for every attempt of the enemy to cause us to crawl under our beds and hide from any conflicts that may make us look judgmental to the world.  Jesus Himself said, “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

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He also said:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” Jesus (John 15:18-19.20b)

And:

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”   Matthew 5:11-12

Church, let’s not continue to fall for the “toleration generation”!  We are to represent Truth to the world and stand firm on the sure foundation of God’s Word regardless the cost… or loss of popularity among our FB friends.

(Note: Today the pictures of Bruce Jenner on Vanity Fair Magazine have once again brought this subject in front of our faces (like-it-or-not).  This is an excellent article and fits in with this blog so read on if you dare to be confronted with the depravity of this world and what we as Christians should do about it).

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/calling-bruce-jenner-a-woman-is-an-insult-to-women/

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