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|"Some people say as long as you love each other everything is alright. But I think that is a naive view. I've come to believe that not all love is right. And that is the greatest sacrifice. To give up something you love to obey God"|
I will confess to you that I have never found a great thing to say to homosexuals, men or women. As much as I try to hide it, I am a bit homophobic. So far the best things I can say is to retreat to the bible, and say "If we go to the bible...", then point out how Homosexuality is inconsistent and punishable by death in the Old Testament (Sodom and Gomorrah took a beating there), and how even though the New Testament doesn't specifically mention homosexuality, it does mention sexual purity, and extension of the sins that were counted as punishable by death in the old testament Jewish Law.
In the debate on whether or not same sex, well, sex, is acceptable, all I had was the legalist, the pharisee, the part of me that I knew I had to see less and less of.
I got this quote from a friend who really met the person at class. The story is that she was a lesbian, then interestingly, she met a Christian Lesbian in Germany, converted to Christianity, got convicted, and left her 'old self' behind, leaving the liberal Christian lesbian that originally converted her. I don't know the story of the old girlfriend to date.
When I read this quote, alot of things fit together, and it was a grand moment of "Why didn't I think of that before?"
Love! I presented a sermon on love, I write stories about love, I am one of love's biggest fans, all my Life has been about searching the true meaning, context, for Love in every situation!
And I missed out a Love that was greater than me? Shame, shame. I repent O' Lord.
Surely to Love God is so much more important to love a man or a woman! Jesus told us if we loved our mother, father, brother, sister, friend, husband, wife, more than God, it would be worth nothing, because these people couldn't save you from the consequence of sin. Surely Loving God is better than the ideals we hold, better than the love we give, better than the love we long to receive!
God won't leave you hanging here though. Hetero-sexuality was built for us. It is not stock off the walls of your nearest supermarket, it's custom made, from the finest quality, for us. God made it so that we may glorify Him, in our marriage, in our relation, in our Love.
Ah, Love. How I've missed thee.
|I apologize, Twitter makes thought blogging so easy, I never bother with a full size thought. To be honest I'm not sure how long or detailed this will be either, but it's worth a shot, hey?|
At the moment I'm typing out something called the Stations of the Cross, essentially the story from Gethsemane till "It is finished" for the good friday service, and I've come across something I've never noticed before.
Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” - John 18:31
I was amazed because the jews were making no attempt to veil the fact they wanted him dead, and they would do anything, even bring him to the most hated of oppressor's, the Roman's. They wanted to legally put him to death, but they couldn't do it.
This is an ironic example of the law at work, and above all, a misusing of the law. The Jews figured that if Jesus were tried under a different law, he could be killed, and they would not be accountable for it, because they did what was right.
But the law never did give such a leeway. The law of the land might've ensured their ceremonial cleanliness, but what would God say about that? These people don't even make an effort to try and see what God has to say about Jesus' "crime". All the cared about was that the law was fulfilled, and it wasn't broken.
Way to go Jerusalem.
This says something about bending the rules, in court, in church, or in any context really. Would God create a law that you could subvert? Even if you did, do you think you've beaten God?
- Twitter really isn't so bad.
|So I've found a way to continue thought blogging in spite of not having enough to fill a post. It's called twitter, and you can find me here. Unfortunately this means you'll have to register, since I've protected it. I think it's only because someone protected their's first, so maybe in future I'll un-protect it, but for now, I think some discretion is advised, especially when I'm complaining about work!|
Seeya there ;)
On Sunday, my pastor talked about the singing session and told his analogy of the battlefield. His thought was artillery fire, but I disagree, hence this post.
I'm going to borrow a game analogy, but it's not WoW. The bard class (which WoW has decided not to incorporate, for reasons I can guess) is a support class.
From the DnD site -
A bard's music (or poetry) literally makes magic. With it, he can
counter most sound-based effects, inspire his allies, and even bend
others to his will. To get the most out of his bardic music abilities,
however, he has to keep buying ranks of Perform throughout his career.
Music, even nowadays in modern warfare, is more a question of morale than anything else. It's primary function is to boost our spirits, cause us to fight, cause us to think of home, to strive towards something greater. It's greatest active offensive ability is to demoralize the opposing force, and while it has some use, it can never be your sole offensive ability.
Even though music is a powerful tool, it is limited by two things, it's effectiveness almost solely as a support class weapon, the second is how good your skill is (or, having you been buying ranks in Perform?). If you feel your role is in this class, your effectiveness cannot stagnate. As you grow you must do what you can to be better, or more efficient, or in interacting with your other musicians and leaders.
But, as with Bard's in DnD, you must sharpen your swords and your wits; load your guns and your mind; and tune yourself to the force as well, but we'll get into that some other time
- The most ludicrous statement in a CD I've ever seen - Worship is not for the weak. What utter crap. Worship is for everyone, including the weak, if not especially so.
Chocolate, Love, hm.---
Happy Valentine's Day
-Du Sen and Lina are not together, if you were wondering