Full of Grace and Truth

Posted: June 18, 2014 by abestratton in Resources, Videos

One of the hardest things to do in our culture is to speak the truth of God enveloped with the love of God.

Speaking truth into people’s lives is uncomfortable. None of us wants to be told that we’re wrong, that our choices are contradictory to an ultimate standard, that we have rebelled against a higher Being, and that He will judge us for it. That sounds too ominous and uncomfortable to embrace. We want to run from that, ignore it, and live happily ever after.

However, Jesus came as the perfect model of grace and truth. He embraced sinners like the woman caught in adultery when she was rejected by all around her, but He also told her not to sin again. The unloved and the rejected found hope and acceptance in Jesus, but He still called them to turn from their disobedience and rebellion against God.

In our culture tolerance is one of the highest virtues. And one of the top issues which is to be tolerated is sexuality and sexual choice. Many in our culture today believe that their sexual identity is their choice (see the video below as an example). But if we truly believe that God has spoken to humanity in the Bible, then we must hold to what God says in the Bible. And in that Book, God says that He is the perfect, wise, good Creator. That means that my sexual identity is not my choice; it is a wonderful gift from a good and wise Creator who made me just like He wants me and in a way which is beautiful. Any efforts on the part of man (no matter how fashionable) to take his sexual identity into his own hands are an act of rebellion against the Creator God.

Followers of Jesus must continue to say this. We say it in a gracious, kind, and loving way – in a way which communicates that God wants rebels to turn from their sin and come to Him. We say it in an uncondemning way. But we must say it.

Here is a helpful article written by a Christian blogger who talks about this family’s situation in a very direct way.

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