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#LoveWon, But Not How You Think

Another brief post from Miranda Koehn on the Marriage decision maded by the Supreme Court last week:

[I’m a Christian, and I’m Thrilled that #LoveWon]

I’ve rarely been so excited as I was this morning, when I woke up and remembered that #lovewon.

I know the people who are pushing that movement have enemies, and my heart breaks for both sides of the struggle, because it really shouldn’t be a struggle at all.

Yesterday, someone asked me, “How do you feel about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage?” And I smiled, because it brought to mind just how thankful I am that love won.

Hey, I’ll throw all my cards out on the table here. I’m a follower of God. The God of the Bible. And to me, whatever He’s already said about a topic is a higher law than anything politicians could write down. And…He did say a few things about homosexuality:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. ” (Leviticus 18:22)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 16:9)

Oh, but I left out part of that last verse. Here’s the rest:

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

And such were some of you, Paul said to the Corinthian church.

Some of you were idolaters.

Adulterers.

Greedy.

And some of you were gay.

All sins in the eyes of God. Twist and turn the pages in any way you want, but you’ll never find that homosexuality is acceptable. You’ll also never find that it’s worse than any other sin. You will find, however, that all sin is a terrible thing to God, and that it pains Him to watch as we soak in our greed and lust and self-centeredness, knowing we’re doing nothing to call upon His name and reroute the path that’s leading us to Hell.

Yes. Unrepentant homosexuals, along with liars, and greeds, and anyone who puts an idol before God, will go to Hell.

That’s why I’m so thankful that love won.

Not yesterday. Love didn’t win yesterday, because that ruling was simply a promotion of a debased act that separates us from God. Nothing that separates us from God should ever, ever be called love.

No. Love didn’t win yesterday.

Love won two thousand years ago.

Love won when Jesus Christ, the Son of God in human form, knelt in a garden with drops of blood rolling down His cheeks, anticipating the torture He was about to face.

Love won when He was beaten. Spit upon. Mocked with a purple piece of cloth and a crown of thorns digging into his forehead.

Love won when He hung on a cross made of wood with the sin of the world on His shoulders and watched as his Father turned His back on the Son He loved so dearly.

Love won when the gaping hole between God and man, created by sin, was bridged with Jesus’ lifeless body. And love won again when He rose from the dead.

Love won when God made a way.

I’m not thankful that love won because “now all the gay people have a chance to go to Heaven.” I’m thankful that love won because without Christ I am the chief of sinners, and just as deserving of Hell as anyone else. I’m thankful that love won because that love applies to me, not just to some people-group who happen to practice the same kind of sin that parts of society deem “worse” than other kinds of sin.

This is the part where a lot of bloggers would say, “Now, if you’re a homosexual, this section is for you.” I’m not gonna do that.

Instead, if you’re a sinner, this section is for you.

I know how you feel. I’ve been there, and without Christ, I’d still be there. You have days when you wish you were cleansed. That you could be normal. Maybe, sometimes, in the heat of the moment, you even wish you could be acceptable to God. And then there are other days, when you revel in your depravity. You’re fine with the feelings you can’t seem to help. The easiest acts  are so appealing that they must be in your nature. Well, you’re right. They are.

Sin’s in everybody’s nature. I’m not gonna get into the whole “are you born that way” debate because whether homosexuality is engrained in our DNA or not, sin is. The first two people really messed things up [read about it in Genesis 3 if you want] and since then, we haven’t been able to get a grip.

God hates sin because He loves us. Imagine your dear child running about hitting other kids, and talking back to those he should respect, and telling you she likes her box of crayons better than she likes you. And meaning it.

Wouldn’t that cut you to the core? You can hardly blame God for hating it so much.

And that picture of Jesus kneeling in the Garden, and being beaten, and mocked and abused. Have you ever faced criticism for your lifestyle that went quite to that point? I think not. Jesus wasn’t so hateful and pompous as you might have thought, was He?

He lived in human form for a time [not the most comfortable transition from a Heavenly throne] because He loves us. He took the beatings and the mockery and the crucifixion because He loves us. And now, He asks us to abandon our sin and turn to Him because He loves us.

Take it to Him. Struggling with sin? Welcome to the club. I was skeptical for a long time of the whole “get on your knees and talk to God till you’re overwhelmed by His grace” plan until I tried it. Get on your knees, get a Bible, and get right with God.

Meanwhile, let’s remember that every follower of Jesus has struggled with a whole lot of sin throughout the course of our lives. Let’s not play un-favorites with a specific kind.

Let’s remember that love won.

Hugs,

Miranda

The Faithbook 2015
Article curtesy of Miranda Koehn

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