Homosexuality, Abortion, Gambling… Issues that Influence Christians

I should warn you, I’m a senior minister at an independent Christian Church, which means I’m from the same cloth as minister Joe Wright (NOT Jeremiah!) who pastored Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, and Bob Russell, who pastored Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bob wrote a prayer once that Joe borrowed, adapted and then used to open the Kansas State House of Representatives back in 1996. It was a prayer that asked God for forgiveness involving various things, including a few hot button political issues. And while it really attacked items on both sides of the aisle, it nevertheless insinuated that certain things…

…brace yourself…

are sinful before God.

(insert large GASP here)

So OK, I KNOW I’m a radical. I get it. I believe in God, and I believe the Bible reveals God to us. And crazy as it sounds, I believe we have to come to God on His terms not ours. God judges all of us for sin, He judges nations for sin, and eventually, He’ll judge the world for sin. Me and you included.

The Bible however makes it clear that it is not God’s will to destroy us or condemn us for sin, but to forgive us and give us an abundant life -here, but especially, in eternity. Even in the Old Testament, God said stuff like this: Continue reading

Abortion

WARNING: If you are deeply offended by pro-life and pro-God stances, considering them to be judgmental and uncaring, then you won’t like the following articles. If you have had an abortion and disturbing descriptions by medical workers involved in the procedures will cause you considerable mental anguish, then please consider whether or not you should read the accounts of two medical professionals who give their story. They don’t hold anything back. For those on the extreme, this is a black and white issue, but for many of you, it’s not so easily settled. Most of us understand there are good points and well-meaning people on either side. So I’m not posting this to condemn, but to bring to light the ugliness of abortion and the seriousness of the issue. This should not be a procedure driven by a profit motive, or a political one. Instead, the ramifications of abortion, as well as its morality, should be thoughtfully and seriously weighed by Democrats, Republicans, and normal people. Sin can be forgiven, but we rarely turn from sin until it comes into the light where everyone can see it in all of its horrible, ugly detail, and we can see it for what it is. Abortion, Responsibility, and Love for others etc… will be a few of those things for which we must all answer to God.

Here’s a brief outline of God’s views that relate to abortion Continue reading