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CLARITY – 2-12-19 Love and Hate

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-12-19

Love and Hate

What’s Happening: “Chris Pratt, famous actor from The Guardians of the Galaxy, and attendant at Hillsong Church, argues with a post from Ellen Page that claims  his church is anti-LGBTQ. Brian Houston, founder of that church has been quoted as saying: ‘We do not affirm a gay lifestyle’ and won’t let gay men or women hold positions of leadership in the church (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chris-pratt-responds-ellen-pages-criticism-churchs-lgbtq-stance-says-open-doors-absolutely-everyone-012229700.html).

‘My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt posted. ‘My values define who I am.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t the article say that Pratt has been divorced? Doesn’t God hate divorce? (Matt. 19:8)”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, some translations may render it so (other translations do not). Actually, Prov. 29:27 says best God’s nuanced attitude: ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ (LB) God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.”

“Christians? In our disdain of LGBTQ people, we should condemn their lifestyle WHILE welcoming them. Over-eating, workaholism, murder, child abuse…these are all equally reprehensible in that they all separate us from God, but we can walk victoriously above these sins. We send a mixed message when we turn our back on people who are or were caught up in these behaviors. Our repulsion at the collateral damage that some sins wreak must never put us off to those who commit such things.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between loving the sinner and hating the sin; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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