Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Last week I read about a youth leader who had a student who thought she might be a lesbian. I read volumes of material everyday and I can't recall the last time I was led to write to anyone about anything. Live and let live. If I don't like something, I delete it. I don't like to argue over strongly held opinions.

I have enough work on my plate as it is and I don't need to involve myself in someone else's article, blog or story. They are not going to convince me and I'm not going to convince them. But I HAD comment about this youth pastor. Not only do I believe she was doing her student a disservice, I believe she was doing the Church a disservice. I am not publishing her original article because it is much too long and I don't want to identify her or her church. My response to her will give you a good idea of what she had to say.

I am publishing my response now because in the future what I've written will be a "hate crime" and I want people to know where I stand.

What do you say to a student who has "feelings" of homosexuality?

Did I miss something in your article? I didn't see the leader telling the child homosexuality was wrong in God's eyes. Nor did she say it was a sin. Isn't it our responsibility to be honest with our students? Honesty is NOT CONDEMNING! We should be listening and guiding our students to the Truth. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice that is abhorrent to God. That is not judging an individual who "thinks" he/she may be gay. It is simply quoting Scripture and teaching the Truth. (Genesis 19 and others).

We know God would never "make" a person a homosexual and then say such a lifestyle is a sin? And we know homosexuality is a sin because God says it is. But we also know it by simple common sense.

Consider this:

If the whole world were to live a homosexual lifestyle, how long would humanity survive? Obviously, it wouldn't. One generation and out. That simple little illustration shows the homosexual lifestyle is destructive to the survival of mankind. Even before we had a cry in our heart to fill the hole in our soul with Jesus Christ, we had a cry for survival.

When my second grandson was born, we watched him struggle to survive in the prenatal care section of the hospital. He struggled to breathe; he fought for everything he was worth to survive. No one had to tell him to breathe. It came natural. The will to survive was natural and normal. I pray one day he will want to fill his life with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, but he had to survive before that could happen.

It is normal and natural for humans to fight to survive. When a lifestyle is destructive to the survival of mankind, God hates it. He doesn't hate the individual; He hates the lifestyle because He loves His creation – us. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us.

Over the years, I've had a few students tell me, "I have always had these feelings since I was a little child." I have been able to share that it is normal to have feelings, all kinds of feelings. When we have feelings about jumping off a cliff when we look over the edge, we are told to “fight those feelings.” When we have feelings to overeat, we are told to fight those feelings. Some of us are prone to other destructive behaviors such as alcoholism, drug addiction and anger and we are told to “fight those feelings” as well. Why shouldn’t we then fight the destructive feelings of homosexuality?

In each instance, when I have been able to lovingly share the Truth of God's Word with a student who was questioning his sexual feelings, he was relieved and grateful. He didn't understand the Truth of God's Word and he didn't understand his feelings.

In EACH case, the student has thanked me for listening and thanked me for helping him apply the Truth of Scripture to his life. Over the years I have watched these former students grow in their walk with Christ and live happy, normal and productive lives.

Have you ever thought that maybe Satan is whispering his lie in your students’ mind? Could various forms of entertainment and other teaching be reinforcing these lies?

Christians should honestly listen and NOT condemn others, but it would be a crime if we didn't guide our students into a deeper understanding of biblical teaching on this issue.

To share anything less than the Truth of God’s Word is to do your students a disservice.

I know these comments are not popular in today's society and I know I will receive a great deal of criticism, but I cannot sit by and not speak the Truth in love.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The following article is a paraphrase of A Word on Citizenship by Heidi Swander, from Olive Tree Ministries. Her article so closely matched my heart on this issue that I couldn’t improve on her words. This is only edited for space.

Al Menconi, President www.AlMenconi.com.

We Shouldn’t Forget Our Citizenship!

When the sins of Israel became so abhorrent to God He told the prophet Jeremiah to stop praying for Israel, "Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you" (Jer. 7:16). Could it be America has become this abhorrent to Almighty God?

We cannot know the mind of God, but Romans 1:18-32 shows a series of judgments that God will bring to a society that forsakes Him. A glance at your favorite news source these days will confirm that our country is well down this path of destruction. We are not only in moral decline, but headed toward political, financial, and social ruin.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated, but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Jack Kelley, founder of GraceThruFaith.com recently wrote an excellent article about this very thing. In it Jack says: "According to no less an authority than our President (and he's right) America is not a Christian nation. The only connection between God and America today is that a bunch of us who believe in Him happen to live here . . . America is a secular gentile nation that will soon be no more comfortable a home for the church than pre-war Germany was for the Jews."

When I think of my beloved America, I grieve.

But God has recently made poignant to me this truth: I am not a citizen of this country. I am an ambassador to this country and a citizen of another.

So are you if you are a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ! Paul told the Philippians, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil. 3:20).

Can you get your mind around that concept? If you can, it will make a world of difference in how you view the news, how you respond to the dangers of our world, and how you look to the future.

Thinking of myself as an ambassador gives perspective to the freefall that America is in. I am still saddened; because I've lived here a long time and America has been a wonderful place to reside. But America isn't really home, so I find that I'm often looking at all that is going on with a kind of emotional/spiritual detachment.

Also as an ambassador, as I see all that is happening around me, I anticipate being recalled to my Home Country!