So I came across this post on my Facebook feed and the theme that speaks out to me from this post is that of violence done in the name of religion.
From some ways in which Islam may be practiced, citizens who violate sharia law can be thrown off of rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. Crowds may stone these men who fell if they move after hitting the ground.
From some ways in which Christianity is preached (rather wrongly I would say), pastors may describe hell as a lake of fire that God wants people in.
The Orlando shooter left many dead on the dance floor, believing he was honoring God with his crime.
The narrator’s father called a transgender waitress a ‘faggot’ and refused to be served by her because he considered her ‘dirty.’
The narrator feels many people hate ‘them,’ ‘them’ referring, presumably, to the LGBTQUIA community. The narrator also believes that many wish they did not exist.
The narrator wants to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else.
The narrator mentions “same old values” that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year.
The narrator also mentions speaking with the maker directly and thinks “he sounds a lot like myself.”
The narrator ends with mentioning the “insane” and the “indoctrinated.”
So at this point, let me do my best to speak the truth in love.
The narrator heard that we are all God’s children. That is true. We are God’s offspring (Acts 17:29). He made us in His image, and therefore has a right to tell us how to live our lives. Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. In other words, God is not a man-made invention, but rather we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27).
Since we are made in God’s image, God left in us a desire to glorify Him. But then there is this thing called sin which distorts that good desire. We were created to glorify God, but what sin does is hijack that desire so that we may end up thinking falsely that we are glorifying God when we are doing precisely the opposite. Sin may also replace the proper object of worship with something not proper. If we are not worshiping the Creator, we are worshiping the creation.
Practitioners of Islam and Christianity may think they are honoring God when really they are doing the opposite.
Jesus already foretold such event would happen when He said nearly 2000 years ago: “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” (John 16:2)
The practitioners of Islam are right in perceiving that transgressions deserve the death penalty, but they are wrong for thinking they are the ones to enforce the death penalty on transgressors of God’s holy law. If they knew better, they would know that the very standard they enforce on others should rightfully fall upon themselves as well. The person who enforces the death penalty for sins would be the Lord Jesus Himself, and even then, He became a human for the express purpose of saving us from the due penalty of our sins. In other words, Jesus has the right to met out the death penalty, but He desires that we be reconciled to Him instead, and He has already demonstrated that commitment by dying in our place on the cross.
Following on that note, the pastor that claims that God wants the narrator to be in a lake of fire is just plain wrong. The historical facts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection give a resounding rebuttal to that pastor’s claim. God so does NOT want the narrator to go to the lake of fire that He gave His own Son to die in the narrator’s place so the narrator can be reconciled to Him.
The Orlando shooter is in the same camp as the practitioners of Islam mentioned earlier. He thought that killing all those in the dance club would bring glory to God, but he was dead wrong.
The narrator’s father has a gross ignorance about his own standing before God. How can he be in any position to call someone else a ‘fag’ and ‘dirty’ when his own sins warrant a just condemnation from Almighty God? And how much more when that same God desires the salvation of all sinners, no matter how great or small they may be?
When the narrator talks about being married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else, there’s some confusion in those phrases, particularly the “everyone else”. No one, to my knowledge, stopped the LGBTQUIA community from having the right to marry someone of the opposite sex, which was what “everyone else” was doing. Rather, what happened was that they willingly rejected that option which was available to them and expected the rest of society to conform to their redefinition of marriage.
A similar argument can be made for the restroom issue. No one is stopping a male from using a male’s restroom or a female from using a female’s restroom, which is what “everyone else” should be doing. Those who identify as transgender are actively rejecting this societal expectation in favor of their own personal preferences and expect the rest of society to do the same.
The whole issue is that sin is being committed against God although not in the same way as the practitioners of Islam and Christianity mentioned earlier have done. The former sinned by thinking they have glorify God when they have done the opposite, while the latter have committed idolatry and pride.
The LGBTQUIA community are rejecting the proper sexual moral standards that our God gave us when He made us male and female. It is arrogant to think and act like we know better with regards to our sexuality when our God has already laid down expectations that should be respected. More than that, obedience to God tends to true freedom and happiness while disobedience leads to slavery and death.
The “same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year” most likely represents religion that is devoid of the Gospel and of grace. It is true that religion when taken this way can lead to such lamentable results, but that should not be an excuse to write off religion altogether. Medicine, too, can be abused by patients, but does that automatically mean we should do away with the profession and the drugs altogether as well? By no means! But rather, we take the time to address the abuses and encourage people to see the proper use of such noble enterprises.
The narrator mentions hearing God as “a lot like myself,” which carries a half-truth. Since we are made in His image, there are bound to be similarities between us, but those similarities should not be taken to mean that God is made in our image, and that He is really just a reflection of ourselves.
The reality is that there is a God, who made us in His image, and who holds us accountable to that fact. He made us, so we owe Him our lives. He made us male and female, so we are to honor Him with our sexuality. He made us, so we are to glorify Him in spirit and in truth that lead to life, not in falsehoods that lead to destruction, death, and pain for others. There may be the “insane” and the “indoctrinated” who mishear His voice, but that should give us all the more reason to take the time to really make sure that we are truly listening to God’s voice and taking steps accordingly. The voice of God can be distorted, but it is still there to be heard in accuracy and truth. We must fight error with truth.