Been an interesting week of considering practical application of the devotional scriptures I have been reading each morning. Working through the Pentateuch now and have just worked through Leviticus. Combined with the passages in the New Testament like Corinthians I am still convinced that God takes God’s good gift of human sexuality and sexual sin seriously. I understand that many see this differently and my intent is not to be divisive, to be a bigot, but just to live in my responsibility of obedience to the scriptures. Let me say here that I am most thankful for forgiveness and grace for me and for us all when we have failed.
God blesses both female and male with the great gift of sexuality and plainly creates the framework for covenantal and holy deployment of that gift, in a holy covenant of marriage between a man and woman and God. It is a gift to be cherished. So what do I do with those who don’t interpret it that way? I do not reject them, I love them plain and simple, no less and no more than all the rest of God’s children I am commanded and called to love. I listen to them and their need to be loved. Do I agree with them and accept their theological interpretation, no. Do I love them? By all means! We can love God and love people as we love and live out scriptural truth. The argument that I don’t love those who don’t see it my way because I don’t accept their behavior is simply not true. I love and support all the people in our church and community, people in sexual sin and all other kinds of sin. I love ’em. I am a sinner just like the rest (maybe the biggest of all), and I thank God for Jesus Christ and his atonement and I thank God for His great love. To love God is to live in obedience to God’s Word and to love other people is to encourage them to do the same in all areas of life including sexual faithfulness. Thanks to all who have helped me over the years be aware of the error of my ways when it comes to biblical obedience. I welcome and love all people and do my best to teach and model what it means to live in scriptural obedience. I am keenly aware of the pros and cons of the variety of ways people interpret God’s Word and I respect them though I may not agree with their interpretation. Bottom line is I pray that God blesses us all as we navigate these days in Christ with love and grace!