I’m tired of the whole debate over homosexuals. Should they marry? Should they not marry? What about civil unions?
I’m tired of politics. I’m tired of bills designed to ‘protect’ marriage. I’m tired of politicians saying what is expedient rather than what is necessary. I’m tired of the ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ mentality that is so prevalent in our culture. I’m tired of being told how to vote because I am a Christian and certainly anyone who loves Jesus will vote a certain way.
I’m tired of everyone who believes homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle being labeled a ‘homophobe’ or ‘bigot.’ I’m tired of Christian friends who feel that the government can endorse whatever type of ‘marriage’ they want to (because it doesn’t change God or His mandate) being labeled as ‘liberal’ or ‘heretical’. I’m tired of friends who struggle with homosexual attraction being labeled as ‘lost’ and ‘hell-bound’ by people who don’t know them or their struggles.
I’m tired of being misunderstood. I am sure there will be Christian friends who will read this and think I am being too soft, and there will be other friends who read this who think I am being too judgmental. I wish there was a way to clearly communicate how much God abhors the sin of homosexuality and at the same time convey how much He loves those who are trapped in its clutches.
I’m tired of homosexuality being confused with the problem when really it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem. Like abortion, divorce, lying, and any other sin, homosexuality is a symptom of a rebellious heart that has been deceived. The Bible clearly says that our war is not against flesh and blood (i.e. those who commit sin) but against the rulers of this present age (i.e. the demonic forces that deceive people). We must attack the disease, not the symptoms or the ones infected.
I’m tired of churches that either speak the love without truth and leave sin unconfronted, or speak the truth without love and leave the lost without a Savior. Only those who can balance truth with love will convey the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not tired of is Jesus. He refreshes me. He refuels me. He assures me that there is hope for this broken, confusing world. He lets me know that there is rest for the weary and grace for the redeemed. If sin is the disease, Jesus is the cure. Jesus alone saves. Jesus alone heals. No matter what this world brings, no matter what sin our man-made institutions endorse or prohibit, I know Jesus and His Word will last forever. We would all do well to find our peace and rest in Him.
Hmmm. All of the sudden, I’m not so tired.