Losing Integrity unnecessarily

It is often amazing how the Christian Church could spin the truth and headlines concerning the gay issue. The Christian Post SG Article 11 Feb 2010 headlines “Church of England Recognizes US Breakaway Anglicans”, with the first two paragraphs reading “The Church of England on Wednesday voted to recognize an Anglican body in North America that was formed by breakaway conservatives. Bishops, clergy and laity approved a resolution that acknowledges the distress caused by recent divisions in churches in the U.S. and that further affirms "the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family." On record at the Church of England General Synod events were as follows:-

  • A motion was put up asking for an "express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America [Acna]" ie COE to recognize ACNA.
  • The church's legislative body instead recognized the Anglican Church in North America's "desire to remain within the Anglican family". ie it acknowledges Acna's desire to stay within the Anglican Communion but did not endorse its break away from the Episcopal Church.

This was different from the impressions given by the headlines which should have read “Motion for COE to be in communion with ACNA fails to pass”. We find the regular distortion of facts by Christian Organization whenever it relates to the gay issue lacks the necessary integrity.

Our Christianity if it is to be credible should be based on Integrity and Truth. Once, we start to compromise, we slide on slippery slope where the end justifies to means. It started when the Christian Right in America wanted to come against the gay community and to condemn it as a sin. In order to support such claims, they doctored medical records and scientific research to suit their conclusions. The Christian Right created the “Gay agenda” so that Christians could be misled to believe that they were responding to a threat to their faith, that Gays were evil people out to destroy Christianity.

The ex-gay movement in Malaysia and Singapore, are living on above spiritual heroin, fed by doctored research that gays were all pedophiles, were gays because they were molested, and a fictional story that gays were well organized, militant, secular and had an agenda to destroy the family and Christianity. Pastor Rony Tan simply fed on the lies created by others and repeated over and over again in churches in the 1980s, 90s, and till to-date until the lie becomes the truth. It is an addiction that cannot be easily cured.

It is simply not enough to focus on Jesus, to pray and seek God diligently. Jesus asked ask to pray, and in this prayer for God “to lead us not into temptation”, ie for God to reveal to us, the temptations that we faced so that we do not walk in it. It is a lifestyle of being aware of our humanity and exposure to temptations, and avoiding it as a manner of course. And if we are finally trapped in it, for God to deliver us from Satan’s grasped. On the Gay issue, the Church has long been tempted, and has slide so far down the line of no return that it remains firmly locked into the cage that Satan has put us in.

We are tempted because of :-

  • Fear that God’s image is compromised – Gays are so naturally innate just as being straight is that we could not reconciled our theology that Homosexuality was a sin. Ie how could a good God create gays when at the same time consider it as sin.
  • Fear that God’s laws are compromised – Once Gays are considered innate, how about the other laws in the OT and NT, wouldn’t it lead to lawlessness, since accepting gay people would led to a precedent.

(Judg 6:30 NKJV) Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it."

(Judg 6:31 NKJV) But Joash said to all who stood against him, "Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!"

In the book of Judges, Joash, Gideon’s dad gave a very good response when the town was after Gideon for bringing down the altar to Baal. The advise was that if Baal was so great, why not let it defend itself and come after Gideon. Ie we cannot act on behalf of God without understanding the truth first that it was Jehovah God who instructed Gideon to pull down the altar to Baal. Too often, we are so eager and impulsive to act on behalf of God, that we were actually acting on behalf of the idols in our lives. Gideon’s fathers advise was to stand back, and for restrain. If they had acted to kill Gideon, I dare say that the Angel of the Lord would have destroyed the entire town.

Therefore, if Homosexuality was so terrible and out to destroy Christianity and society as we alleged, then pray and ask God to do something about it. Don’t be presumptuous and take on the position of God. Don’t let spiritual pride and self righteousness take over us that we become like little gods in the seat of judgment. Because if we were wrong, there will not be an easy way back without serious consequences. When we seat on the seat of judgment, we begin to “create” the evidence to suit our verdict and soon our entire morality and integrity is compromised.

As Christians we are under the Law – in that whilst we are saved by Grace, there are still consequences for our sins, depending on the sin. Ie if we killed a person, we are liable for it for the sake of natural justice. Millions of lives have been destroyed by our stance on homosexuality. If God is a just and righteous God, He cannot but let judgment passed on the Church itself, just as judgment was passed repeatedly on the Jews in the Book of Judges. Not all sins are the same, some are forgivable, but those that take advantage and abused the defenseless and weak in God’s name, is very serious because it impacts the reputation and name of Jesus Christ. Whilst we might say that we are under grace, let us not take this grace for granted and continue to sin in the name of Jesus Christ.

At the end, who would believe us when we talk about God, and Jesus Christ, and God’s miraculous power and healing. The perception of the outside world about Christians would not be that we are messengers of the Gospel message, on the contrary, we are anti-gay crusaders. Are gays so great a threat that we are willing to forsake the core Christian message of love, hope and salvation in Christ Jesus? We can kid ourselves with a lie, but the world will see us as who we are. The lies that we have planted, will one day silence the Gospel message, not that we fail to preach the Gospel but because people could no longer hear it passed our sins. Perhaps, this is the worst that can ever happen.

Christianity works best when we continually choose to forgive those who sinned against us. It doesn’t work when we sin against others as a lifestyle causing great harm and then asked for their forgiveness.
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