Avoid the temptation to trade fundamental truths for approval

Are we scared to speak out?  Are there times where someone says something about Christianity and we try and merge into the background, not wanting to comment for fear of judgment or ridicule?  Are there times we avoid those conversations altogether, steering the conversation away from anything challenging?

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats refuses to answer directly the question, does he think homosexuality is a sin.  Tim is a Christian politician and avoids the direct question by answering that we are all sinners, which is indeed the truth.  But how much stronger would his message be if he spoke out about his beliefs and the word of God.  God tells us it is a sin and if we are followers of God then we are called to be obedient to his word.  More important than calling out people’s sin is the message that we should not judge, God calls us to love others as we love ourselves, to forgive others as God forgives us and to be salt and light in this frail world.

I’m not condemning Tim, indeed he has been open about his faith, I’m just maybe a tad frustrated that we are so beaten down by the secular world we seek to fit in with their views rather than shout out God’s message of love and salvation from the rooftops!

2 Timothy 1:8 – So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

RUFFLE SOME FEATHERS

Don’t conform, born into this world not to fit in but to ruffle feathers, not born simply to indulge in earthly pleasures, born to fulfil a plan, born of man but a citizen of heaven, stand firm in your faith, avoid temptation to trade fundamental truths for approval, renewal of the mind is liberating,  negotiating life’s potholes not a problem when moving in the right direction, swimming against the tide it’s better to abide in God’s truth alone than stand with a crowd who will never know him, I have absolutely no desire to fit, refusing to let the world corrupt me, God didn’t make me different to be indifferent, he didn’t give me freedom so that I would join those beaten down by the need to conform, harmony with the enemy not part of my story, I will never influence the world by trying to be like it, never effect change if I remain silent, I won’t be compliant or anxious to match my opinions to earthly dominions, I am a Christian, proud of the Gospel, stand with me in truth for the fight is colossal.

Lost in translation

I wonder where and how the Bible got so lost in translation.  I wonder how people can read the following verses (and many more in the Bible) and not realise that God’s word is to be believed, trusted and taught with accuracy.  How much are we “wearying” the Lord by accepting practices that are against his teaching, by the times we say “surely that’s OK after all our God is a God of Justice?” Yes our God is a God of justice and he has clearly defined the law, the way we should live and we should embrace his teaching wholeheartedly, stop looking to interpret them to suit our own sinful nature and start asking God to help us overcome ungodly temptations and urges and  for the boldness to teach the truth in love and grace to our friends and family.

  • Romans 15:15-16 – Yet I have written to you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
  • Malachi 2:7 – For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble;
  • Malachi 2:17 – You have wearied the Lord with your words. ‘How have we wearied him?’ you ask. By saying, ‘All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them’ or ‘where is the God of justice?’
  • 2 Timothy 3:5 – Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

LOST IN TRANSLATION

We are God’s treasured possession and yet we seem to have an obsession with an interpretation of his teaching which is reaching to many with the appearance of Godliness yet denying God’s power, our leaders and preachers are there to teach us from the word of the Lord, the sword of the Spirit and yet some don’t seem to get it, a duty of proclaiming the truth and the truth only, so that we may become an offering acceptable to God, so we may hear his word, turn from our sins and receive sanctification by the Spirit, preserve knowledge, I believe that all scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training but I am straining under the force of those who interpret the laws to suit their cause and we are wearying the Lord with our words, turning again and again to claim our God is a God of Justice and therefore he won’t touch this, yet he demands obedience, if we obey his voice and keep his covenant we shall become his, walking with him in the way he commands then he pardons our sins, we are one with him, yes he is a God of Justice and he trusts us to be obedient, not to relent in the face of adversity, to purposely follow his instruction to avoid self-destruction, to have a direction, a purpose to follow Jesus, he sees our struggles, he protects us from stumbles when we are careful to apply accuracy to our translation of salvation.