BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU CHEER FOR!
There was great celebration by some in the St. Johns Lutheran Church in Atlanta Georgia yesterday. Their minister Rev. Bradley Schmeling was pleased as well, considering the national assembly of his denomination voted the day before to not defrock gay and lesbian ministers who violate the celibacy policy. From the wires;
"Schmeling called the assembly's vote a "crack in the dam" and told the more than 100 people gathered in the St. John's sanctuary that the congregation had "given its gift" to the ELCA.
"The hard work, the struggle, has really finally made a difference for years to come," he said."
It is correct that a difference is being made, but the discussion becomes about the type of difference and the effect on churches. It is also interesting to note the progression in this discussion, as we have gone beyond the ordaining and allowing of homosexual ministers, and are not discussing if they are celibate or not. While the Word of God is clear that homosexuality is a sin and a perversion of Gods design for His people, the culture of our day accepts and normalizes such behavior at the expense of God, His Word and His Glory.
But this is not simply an issue of homosexuality, it is an issue of people who have exchanged the glory of God for the glory of man. It is indicative of the times in which we live to see people worshipping the creation rather than the Creator, as Romans would tell us. Homosexuality is God turning man over to his darkest depravity as a consequence of worshipping things and people other than Him. So as we watch the homosexual movement spread from the classroom to the pulpits, as we hear of people in churches cheering for the acceptance of this lifestyle, let us remember what is really happening. Let us with reverence and a holy fear seek to live for His glory and not our own, as soon the cheering will stop and every knee will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For some it will be a joyful confession, for others it will be a fearful confession as they realize that their enemy is Lord. For them there will be nothing to cheer about!