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May 2015

Does God Hate Joe’s Crab Shack?


Over the weekend, my wife slipped away with her mom, and for one of the meals they chose to eat at ‘Joe’s Crab Shack.’  She raved about the shrimp, claiming it was the best she ever had.  To be honest, I suffered a bit of jealousy.  I’m a fried shrimp fan as well.

I found it interesting that her dining experience coincided with a friend who chose to use the topic of shrimp to legitimize and normalize the homosexual lifestyle.

It appears everyone determined to declassify homosexuality as a sin, rally around the same arguments.  One of those employed is if homosexuality is a sin, then so is eating shrimp.  That argument fails miserably in stripping the gay lifestyle of its sin classification.

Here’s why the “shrimp argument” falls short of being a valid point.  A Christian should never solely rely on the Old Testament Law to address modern issues.  Jesus fulfilled the Law, ending its requirements.  If a Christian cites the Old Testament as his only source in addressing homosexuality, then he must declare wearing clothing of mixed materials and tattoos is sinful as well.  Christians are not bound by the Old Testament Law but are subject to the Law of Christ.  So then, what was the purpose of steering clear of shrimp or polyester fabrics?  God forbade the consumption of shrimp and polyester to distinguish the Israelites’ diet and attire from that of the surrounding pagan nations.  Should shrimp still be avoided?  No.  Jesus said in Mark 7:28-19,

“Are you thus without understanding also?  Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from the outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”

So, if Christ fulfilled the Law, how then do some Christians insist on labeling homosexuality sinful?

It’s simple really.

The New Testament clearly states that homosexuality is both immoral and unnatural.  Consider the following texts:

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men committing with men what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”  Romans 1:26-27

“Do you no know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites….”  I Corinthians 6:9

Am I insinuating God hates homosexuals?  Absolutely not!  God provides a list of things He hates and homosexuality fails to make the list.  Proverbs 6:16-19 shares,

“These six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among the brethren.”

For those who claim God hates homosexuals (Westboro Baptist “Church”), that’s a lie.  Homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin.  However, to teach that being gay is merely an alternative lifestyle slaps a holy God in the face.  Jesus addressed the issue of gay marriage in Matthew 19:4-5.  Jesus said the following:

“…Have you not read that He who made them at 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?'”

Notice, Jesus did not hint that marriage between same sex couples was God’s intention as well.  Nor did He assert that God’s opinion would evolve in the 21st century.  Sadly, we live in a culture where people are more apt to adopt the mores of sitcom ‘Modern Family’ than the morals of the Bible.

Oh, and don’t worry.  Eat all the shrimp you want.

My wife suggests the fare at ‘Joe’s Crab Shack.’

 

 

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The Gay Agenda in Bible Belt America


Last night a member of our church handed me a newspaper clipping.  At first glance, I thought it to be a picture of some of the youth from our church sitting in school bleachers, the recipients of some type of special award.  I thanked her and started to walk away when I noticed the photo captured the current members of our school’s Gay Straight Alliance with the accompanying information:

“….Gay-Straight Alliance will be honored with the GSA of the Year Award, presented by First Data Corporation, for its positive impact on their school culture.” (emphasis mine)
The phrase that sticks in my craw is “its positive impact on their culture.”  Obviously, our culture has spiraled down the toilet.

Additional information about the club cites:

“The club was founded by students to combat the anti-LGBT climate of their school and community, and has since become one of the most active student organizations at the school.  GSA members have lobbied for state anti-bullying policies that protect LGBT students and organized community events in support of LGBT-inclusive curricula.”

An admirable accomplishment by an organization headed by students, but the club’s primary purpose is to normalize the LGBT lifestyle.  GLSEN advocates see gay rights as the civil rights issue of the 21st century, comparing their plight to the racial tensions of the 1950’s and 60’s.  However, that comparison is faulty.

When Black Americans marched and spoke for civil rights, they weren’t requesting special rights.  They pressed for equal rights.  The gay movement demands not only that their brand of sexuality and marriage be legal, but also to be liked.  When Christians push back based upon Biblical teaching, those who cry the loudest for tolerance, berate and belittle the dissenters, labeling them “intolerant homophobes.”  So much for tolerance…..

From the American Family Association, Ray Rooney Jr., Digital Media Editor writes concerning the gay rights movement,

“…it’s not a battle for equality as it was with the civil rights movement.  It’s a demand for acceptance.  Acceptance of unrighteousness.  And even if the unrighteous pass laws in this country that recognize homosexual unions as legitimate marriages it will never ever be accepted by those who believe in the holiness of God.  And more importantly, because homosexuality is the fruit of sin, it will never be legitimate before God.

Just because Modern Family normalizes a two-daddy household that gives no group the right to call into question the teaching of a book many call antiquated and out of touch with this “evolved” society. Oh, and go ahead, hit me with the argument beginning with, “What about adultery?”

What about it?

Yes, adultery’s sin as well. But take note, there are no adulterers organizing “Adulterer Rights Parades.” We never hear about adulterers suing bakeries for refusing to craft beautiful, ‘Congrats on your adulteress relationship’ cakes. Even if adulterers attempt to justify their choice of cheating on their spouse, the poster child for infidelity and a former sitting President isn’t out on the speaking tour challenging Americans to legitimize the behavior.

Why? Because that would glorify and normalize a sexual sin, labeled as such, since the dawn of time.

How does a GSA in the Bible Belt win club of the year? A friend suggested ‘momentum.’ I concur but I also suggest it’s a concerted effort by the Left to infiltrate one of the most conservative strongholds in the nation.

The Bible teaches in Proverbs 14:34,

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Throughout God’s Word we read numerous accounts of nations experiencing God’s wrath because of an intentional decision to chase after other gods. In the instances of Israel’s wanderings from the truth, many of “God’s chosen people” wound up in captivity. I can’t help but think that God’s Hand of judgment stands ready to strike America, for if He does not, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

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