The Christian life is about loss and gain. Loss of things and relationships in this world; gain of eternal life with God and the forgiveness of sins. You see, if you love the Lord, you can count on losing things of the world because of that love for Him. In 1 John 2:15 it says “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.“
Jesus was clear about counting the cost of being one of His disciples in Luke 14:25-34. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-35 “Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Because scripture is clear as evidenced in the three examples I have already given, that you cannot expect to be of the Lord and love the world, and that Jesus didn’t come to bring peace, but truth that will turn even family members against each other, that when society gives hearty approval to something that God hates, the result is a separation of wheat from chaff. Right now in the arena of public discourse, there is just such an issue that is separating those who believe God’s Word, and those who profess that they do, but who’s actions reveal otherwise. Jen Hatmaker is an evangelical celebrity, who has a reality T.V. show and has written a book. She has a devoted following because of her fun personality. She recently gave an interview to Religion News, and came out in support for same-sex marriage, even going so far as to say those unions could be considered holy. I did not find this revelation by Mrs. Hatmaker surprising in the least, as she has revealed her unorthodox beliefs before. I do think that it is a positive thing that her true beliefs have come to light, so that believers can be discerning and quit ingesting her theological poison.
I have watched many reactions on social media from people who profess to be Christians, and yet who are living out Romans 1:32 along with Mrs. Hatmaker by giving hearty approval to a sin that God declares an abomination. People, in case I have not been abundantly clear, you cannot truly love God, and love things that He declares authoritatively as sins and abominations. Please re-read the above scriptures. God is immutable (unchanging). He meant what He said in the Old Testament, and the New (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
If you have been convinced that somehow you can be a Christian and yet affirm same-sex marriage, you have been deceived by the oldest lie in the history of mankind: “Hath God really said…?” Genesis 3:1.
Just because there are loud voices in the public conversation, that are hiding behind the label of “Christian” so as to legitimatize their hatred of homosexuals, does not mean we shy away from the truth. Satan has done a lot of damage through people who are in most cases not genuine born again believers, but wear the name of Christian and spew their hatred. It makes me furious. But we cannot control what other people do. We cannot control that many outside the faith understandably take those liars at their word and group true children of the King with those false defilers of truth. No, we march on being obedient to the Word of God, proclaiming the truth, trusting in the knowledge that God knows our hearts and leave the results up to Him.
To those who say, “Christians over focus on homosexuality as a sin! It’s not a bigger sin!” I say, that is a straw-man argument. The reason it is being focused on is that it is the topic at hand in our world right now.
I know it is hard. I have many dear people that I love who identify with LBGTQ. For those of you who have close family in this group, my heart goes out to you. I encourage you to stand firm on God’s truth. The world says that if we love people, we never hurt their feelings and we affirm them in their choices. The bible says that if we love people we give them the Gospel. The Gospel offends. People we love will get mad and their feelings will be hurt. They may decide to break relationship with us. I cannot emphasize enough how much I know that this is hard. I do. But please look ahead to the day when all will be judged. Hopefully, your loved ones will have repented and believed and be with you in glory. But if they do not, do you want them saying “why didn’t you tell me?”
Be encouraged today. Jesus has promised to be with us through our trials. He will give you strength to stand firm on His truth. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Soli Deo Gloria!
Other Christian Essays on this topic that I recommend:
Leslie over at Growing 4 Life: Stand Strong and Have Courage
Elizabeth Prata at The End Time Blog: Sources on Discerning Jen Hatmaker
Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian wrote a response to Hatmaker, published on The Gospel Coalition website