In our day, it’s amazing how many people don’t read the Bible but think they’re experts on what it says. Sure, they may know a couple of passages, and they’ll cleverly quote them out of context to defend their sin-warped worldviews or perverse lifestyles. I’m looking at you ‘Don’t judge’ person. Yet, not content to soothe the guilt of their seared consciences, many people have begun lecturing Christians on what we should support and how we should behave. With all due respect, the answer to their nonsensical egomania is simple: Have you not read?
After all, if it works for Jesus, it works for me. When asked about marriage, the Lord said “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6). You mean Jesus said that God created males and females only, not intersex, transgender, pansexual or any other make-believe gender identification? You mean Jesus said marriage was between one man and one woman for a lifetime, not for people of the same sex? Call the PC police!
Yes, contrary to popular belief, Jesus never did and never will support every lifestyle out there. He came to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Well, everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23), and repentance is surrendering your whole life to Christ (Matthew 16:24-27; Luke 14:26-27). Jesus “died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Jesus wasn’t always nice, but He is love (1 John 4:8) and knows what’s best for us. Likewise, Christians aren’t called to be nice to our neighbors, but to love them as ourselves (Mark 12:31). In light of this, the next time someone tries to justify homosexual behavior by saying ‘homosexuality isn’t a sin,’ drop the well-crafted arguments. Instead, ask ‘Have you not read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Romans 1:26-27? Trust me, those passages are really in the Bible, and God meant what He said.’
Haters are always going to hate on followers of Jesus, because they hate Jesus (John 15:18-19). Their issues with Christ are between them and the Lord. Of course, I wouldn’t want to be them when Christ returns “in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). In the meantime, they are free to keep denying, mocking and hating. That said, before they tell me how I should follow Jesus, they should dust off a Bible and give it a read. Perhaps the next time they try to bully me into keeping my faith in the closet, they’ll understand why I refuse.