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CLARITY – 8-8-18 Not Far Off

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-8-18

 

Not Far Off

 

What’s Happening:  “Kevin Swanson has been accused of making ‘inflammatory’ (pun intended?) remarks about California’s recent spate of wildfires (killing 9, as of Monday), claiming that they are God’s retribution for the state’s promoting of LGBTQ rights (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pastor-blames-california-wildfires-state-194542137.html). He has a radio show on which his remarks were broadcast on August 3… ‘The first gay pride march occurred in San Francisco in 1970, and then San Francisco legitimized homosexuality in 1972…,’ said Swanson. You may also have heard about ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ which started in California and is now worldwide (https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those remarks should be censored! How discriminating!”

 

Biblical Response:  “We do have free speech (except you can’t yell, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – no pun intended), or doesn’t that suit your narrative? As far as censoring is concerned, what do you do with Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10; etc? Leave them out? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to assign any disasters to divine retribution, but I do understand his perspective… so undoubtedly do the former residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

 

Christians? While we are obligated to love the sinner, we are told to hate the sin, “The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.” (Prov. 29:27 LB) I moved from San Diego in 1976 because the state legislature had just passed (AB489 – 1975) a bill legalizing sex between any two consenting adults. I didn’t want to raise my children in that culture…where should I tell my kids to raise my Grandkids?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us help ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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