Posts Tagged With: John 15:19

Kirk Cameron Under Fire… Again

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19). As many of us know, actor Kirk Cameron has transformed himself from the one time 80’s teen-beat idol, to one of today’s most out-spoken evangelical leaders. Just months after coming off the heels of a firestorm of sorts in which Cameron made comments about homosexuality being “Destructive” during an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight; it seems Cameron is now being brought under fire once again.

Recently, NOM (The National Organization for Marriage) named Kirk Cameron as “one of America’s most important champions of marriage.” To accompany this honor, NOM released a video on their website in which Cameron is shown speaking during an interview about the importance of preserving traditional marriage in the United States. Already, this interview has seemed to re-spark the debate against GLAAD and Cameron from months past; even finding media sources and bloggers alike to return to their keyboards in an attempt to revisit the Piers Morgan interview.

Ever since I read the controversy surrounding the Piers Morgan/Kirk Cameron interview, one statement that was made has always left me scratching my head. In their response to Cameron’s interview, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) attacked Cameron saying, “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.” As I read this, I was left asking myself one question. To say people of faith believe in the gay agenda makes me wonder what Bible are they reading? We who call ourselves “Believers” accept the Bible as the Infallible Word of God, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Therefore, if a person claims to be a Christian, they must accept God’s Word as truth. While times may change and people become desensitized to social issues, the Bible is clear; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

As Christians, sin is to be hated; there is no excuse for looking the other way or taking it lightly. There are many sinful acts that occur in all of us. And people who try and place homosexuality as a sin higher than any other are just out right wrong. Nowhere in the Bible does it describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin whether it is theft, murder, dishonesty, or adultery; it’s still offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we are called to love all sinners by being faithful in witnessing to them of the forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ.

If we call ourselves followers of Christ, then we know that the truest act of love is treating someone with respect and kindness even though he/she knows you do not approve of their lifestyle or their choices. Looking the other way is not loving in the eyes of God. We are not called to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. Therefore, “We will speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). While people may stand upon their soapbox claiming Kirk or any other follower of Christ is judging or intolerable to the homosexual lifestyle, understand, it is not hateful to speak out against sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true. We as Christians are called at all times to love the person sinning. But as for the sinful acts, we must refuse to condone, ignore, or excuse them. Kirk Cameron’s remarks are not only biblically accurate, but in my opinion, refreshing in a day and age where Lukewarm Christianity is becoming socially tolerant.

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

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Do People Know You’re a Christian?

What do Tim Tebow, Kirk Cameron, and Amy Grant have in common? What about Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Charlie Sheen? The answer… all of these people claim to be followers of Christ. I’m pretty sure the first three people came as no surprise since they have all been outspoken about their Christian faith. However, the last three people probably caught most of you off-guard since it seems like we hear more about the scandals and controversies they are involved in rather than how they strive to live a spirit-filled life.

In my circle of friends, often when a celebrity dies we find ourselves asking, “Were they a Christian?” In fact, just a few months ago with Dick Clark’s passing I personally found myself Googling his information. As I sat there reading Dick’s biography (the answer is yes by the way), I was taken back that I actually had to look it up. What I came to realize is this. If how we live our lives is not evidence enough about our walk with Christ, what does this say about us who call ourselves Christians?

The Bible is pretty clear on this subject. Being a Christian is not about blending in with the crowd or striving for the trappings of this world. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that although we have to live in the world, being a Christ follower, “Is not of the world” (John 15:19). For we are called to live set apart lives, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). Unfortunately today, there are many people that claim to be a Christian, yet it’s hard to find any distinction between them or the other unbeliever on the street; they simply blend in with the rest of the crowd. I believe this is the primary reason that so many people scoff at Christianity today. If we are called to be “set apart,” then why are we more concerned with blending in with the crowd?

If we truly believe what Paul tells us in Ephesians, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works” (Ephesians 2:8-9), then why are we not accomplishing the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do? As true Christ followers, we should not be worried about obtaining that new car or the great new promotion our neighbor just received. Do you actually believe that gets God’s attention? No! What gets God’s attention is being such a witness for Jesus Christ that people stop and take notice. Not because we’re standing on a street corner wearing a neon sign while yelling, “Jesus loves you!” but because we actually “walk the walk.” We not only say we’re Christians, but we live what we preach and preach what we live. All of this adds up to a life-style that is distinctly different from that of our non-believing secular neighbor’s. As I close let me leave you with this thought. If you have friends or co-workers that would be shocked to find out that you are a Christian, maybe its time you quit putting on a fake look. Think about it, isn’t there a problem when people only know you’re a Christian based upon what you post on Facebook?

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

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