Sin

Yesterday’s post, God Hates, and Unsaveable were prompted by a book I recently read about homosexuality and Christianity. 

The Edge of Grace, by Christa Allan is a story of a recently widowed, young mom named Caryn Becker. Caryn’s brother, an integral part of her small network of support, surprises her with the news that he is gay. She initially avoids him and rejects the news–until he is brutally attacked because he is homosexual.

While I don’t agree with everything in it…Christa Allan’s book is definitely Beyond the Churchyard.

There is a concept that God hates homosexuality more than other sins. But when you read 1 Timothy 1:9, it appears that homosexuality is in the same category as all sexual immorality. 

“We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

Homosexuality vs. Pornography
I have talked to enough women regarding pornography to know that it is truly destructive. When I hear people indicate that homosexuality is worse than looking at pornography, I picture a teenager I once knew who tried to convince me (with dilated eyes) that he was a better driver stoned…and alcohol destroyed lives. He was also convinced that if everyone smoked pot there would be no more wars. 

Homosexuality vs. Selfish Ambition?
The deeds of the flesh are obvious, says Galatians 5:19. But they are not always so obvious to me. Sexual immorality is listed there and I believe it includes all kinds–but so is hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy. 

Think of that next time someone shoes up with a cute pair of shoes to Bible study. 

Jack Handy
“If any man says he hates war more than I do, he better have a knife, that’s all I have to say.”

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