Thursday, August 6, 2015
Honestly, I don't know what He would do or what He would say. I know it would be full of love but also full of Truth. I know that I am tired of being silent but I want my response to honor Him and not simply gratify my desire to be right. Hopefully this will do just that.
I believe in God. The one true God, Jehovah-Jireh, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, the God-who-sees-me-right-where-I-am-but-loves-me-anyway. That God. I believe He created man and woman to be able to make new life through physical union. I believe sex is a beautiful, remarkable gift from God that should be treasured and kept within the sanctity of marriage. I believe that any life the Lord gives is holy and precious and should be protected. I believe that any instruction that God has given has been given for my benefit and protection.
I believe these things because I am a God-follower. If you do not follow the same God I follow, I do not expect you to feel the same way. I do not love you less because you disagree with me, however, I do disagree. My heart is heavy for you and the pain and heartache I know living apart from God causes. I know this pain because I have experienced it myself.
I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that because He died for my choice to live "my way" and to "be my own person" that I have been made "right" in the sight of God. I love Jesus for that sacrifice. He has shown me grace and mercy that I will never be able to fully understand. He extends that same grace and mercy to all who trust in Him. It is because of this belief and trust that I love you.
So, no matter our differences, no matter what you support that I cannot: I love you. It is that simple. No harsh words. No jostling to be right or politically correct. God loves you. He has provided a way for anybody to experience that insane, crazy love He has for them through Jesus. He has given freedom. He has given hope. I believe this because I am a Christ- lover.
In this crazy, mixed up world I believe in the Sovereign God. I do not fear the changes but that doesn't mean I have to like them, support them or believe in them. Likewise, you do not have to like, support or believe mine either. What does matter is this: You are precious in His sight, therefore, you are precious in mine.
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8