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Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)
TITLE: Itís All Vanity
By K Godfrey Easter
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Are Christians saved by grace through faith and not by works, lest any man should boast? Has Christís shed blood freed from the curse of the Law all those who simply place their faith and trust in Him by grace through faith? Is the blood of Christ potent enough to cleanse every believing soul from every sin - all past, present, and even future sins that a believer might commit? If you really want to get them riled up, just continue with this line of questioning:
Is it sound New Testament instruction to lure people to follow Christ through preaching a gospel based in prosperity? Is it a kingdom requirement that all born again Christians be water baptized? Must all born-again Christians ďspeak in tonguesĒ in order for Godís power to be present in their lives? Should or shouldnít musical instruments be played during Sunday morning worship services? Can you still be saved while battling a sinful personal habit or weakness?
Can one be gay or lesbian and also a committed Christian? Even if most straight Christians are convinced that homosexuality is a sin, isnít Christís blood potent enough to cover the private bedrooms of sincere gay believers in as much as it does the bedrooms of the straight, but divorced mega church senior pastor? If Christís blood is that effective then why canít a gifted but practicing gay preacher be as welcomed in Godís pulpits today as the churches that invite practicing, remarried clergy to preach? Doesnít Scripture equally condemn homosexuality, divorce and adultery? Do you smell the stench of hypocrisy and discrimination yet?
And the most important question is this: Where can innocent, sincere, believing but sexually awakening adolescents entering adulthood, who are convinced that they might be gay, find grace, truth, most of all, understanding, clarity and charity amid this chaotic tower of Babel that has been erected by society, but mostly through the fear-driven rants of seemingly hypocritical, zealous and opportunistic Christian pulpits?
Where has the clarity of truthís bright light gone? As it pertains to homosexuality, whoís spiritually right or wrong anymore? Those who promote pro-gay legislation? Or, collective Christian leadership, who continues in its highly arguable assertion that it is biologically impossible for anyone to be born with an innate tendency to eventually become gay? Both opposing views canít be right--or can they?
As states like New York continue legalizing gay and lesbian marriages, does the overwhelming social acceptance of the gay community continue to somehow signify that mainstream Christian leadership has been defeated by persevering gay-rights groups because of ancient yet prevailing ignorance and carnal tradition? If you ask questions like these you mind find yourself elsewhere for the Light of Christ than among ravenous, yet camouflaged wolves in shepherds clothing.
As I continue my quest for Godís light beyond Christianityís sea of religious confusion there is one thing I do know for certain. Love is patient. It never gives up. It cares for others more than for self. Love doesnít strut. It doesnít force itself on others. Love is kind. It overlooks wrong doings. It puts up with anything even if organized Christianity doesnít. God doesnít just talk love, God is Love. But organized Christian leadership today, especially as it pertains to how it has handled homosexuality, appears mind-numbingly lost.
From bullies to bishops, politicians to prophets and from Wall Street corporations to the organized church, it appears that humanity seems to forever misunderstand exactly who God is. God is Love and since Christís victory at Calvary, love, grace and faith have remained His calling cards. Anything else is only tangling cymbals, sounding brass. The church today is as Solomon coined itÖ Itís all vanity. It looks like Christ, it even sounds like Him, but in my humbled estimation, itís much ado about nothing.
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