We May Never “Outgrow” This One: The Adult Pacifier

I don’t know what woke me up at midnight last night. Maybe it was a crazy dream.  My brain was chugging along at a speed non-conductive to sleep and I lay there for what seemed like hours trying to make sense of it all. Loneliness in a world of people…people and their technology…technology and what it’s doing to us…us and our habits…habits that spiral us into a world of addiction…addictions that strain relationships…relationships that are draining…what we do when we’re drained.

I stopped.

I know what I want to do when I’m drained. Not just when I’m drained though – it’s when I’m feeling down and just want a break from reality; it’s when I’m hurting and don’t want to deal with it; it’s when I’m hungry for truth, but I’m too tired to seek.

For me it’s the computer, for many others is their smart phone. Everywhere we turn we see people on their electronic gadgets.

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Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

For the younger generation, I see it as a security blanket – always looking busy on their phone they avoid human contact and potential conversations. I know this because I’ve been in situations where I wished I could whip out a phone and look totally engrossed in my “important” messages. There was a time I even scrolled through my contacts “looking busy” to avoid an awkward encounter with someone.

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I forgot my iphone.

Suddenly it hit me. Smart phones are the adult version of a baby pacifier. I rolled over, flipped my light on, and scribbled the title of this post on the back of a list. Now before you go rebutting this midnight epiphany, hear me out.

A mayo clinic article offers pros and cons for the use of baby pacifiers. Here are a few of them…

Pros –

  • A pacifier might soothe a fussy baby. Some babies are happiest when they’re sucking on something.
  • A pacifier offers temporary distraction. A pacifier might come in handy during shots, blood tests or other procedures.
  • A pacifier might help your baby fall asleep. If your baby has trouble settling down, a pacifier might do the trick.
  • A pacifier might ease discomfort during flights.

Cons –

  • Early pacifier use might interfere with breast-feeding.
  • Your baby might become dependent on the pacifier. If your baby uses a pacifier to sleep, you might face frequent middle-of-the-night crying spells when the pacifier falls out of your baby’s mouth.

Now tell me if these pros and cons don’t apply to smart phones…

Pros –

  • A smart phone might soothe a fussy child/adult. Some people are happiest when they’ve got their phone in hand.
  • A smart phone offers temporary distraction. A phone might come in handy during awkward conversations, lunch dates, onslaughts of boredom, or other procedures.
  • A smart phone might help you fall asleep. If you’re having trouble settling down, a Pandora station might do the trick.
  • A smart phone might ease discomfort during flights. We all know sitting in close proximity to complete strangers is discomforting, as is having to listen to babies cry or people talking.

Cons –

  • Early smart phone use might interfere with, get this,  real life and  face-to-face human interaction.
  • You might become dependent on your smart phone. If you use a phone to sleep, you might face frequent middle-of-the-night crying spells when the phone falls out of your hand.

Just kidding about the last one, but how many people do you know who are completely dependent on and inseparable from their phone? Why, 12% of people admit to using their smart phones in the shower!

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One survey showed the average American young person actually spends 7 hours and 38 minutes EVERY DAY on media.

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The study also states, “The heaviest media users had a greater association with behavioral problems and lower grades: 47 percent of those who consumed an astounding 16 hours of media per day had grades of mostly Cs or lower. In comparison, just 23 percent of those who consumed media three hours or less had such grades. The heaviest media users were also more likely to report boredom, sadness or trouble at school.” (emphasis mine)

SmartphoneSmart phone usage is starting at younger and younger ages. Case in point, my 2 year old nephew. He doesn’t need a pacifier, he’s got his own ipod touch. He can navigate his i touch better than I can. Seeing his tiny little fingers swiping the screen and taping away is mind-boggling to me.

He’s a supper smart kid, but I wonder what all this constant media input with do to him as he gets older. This early in the game, we don’t really know the advantages and disadvantages of a child being raised with so much technology fed into their little brains.

Frankly, we don’t even know yet what it’s doing to us. Should we be concerned about the astronomical amount of time we spend on our phones and computers? What is it doing to our brains, or our relationships, or our life?

We are a people who seek fulfillment. We need purpose in our lives. We need something or someone to live for. And this is what I’m afraid of… that we are trying to find that fulfillment through our social media, or iphones, our Facebook accounts and blogs.

Every day I’m drawn to my computer by this unseen force. When I analyze it I realize I’m trying to find something there. Something inside me thinks cyberspace will give me what I want to make me happy, that something amazing and good will pop up in my Inbox that will change my life and give me new direction and meaning.

Blog comments, e-mails from friends, “likes”, and pingbacks give me a high and I have to keep coming back for more. I have to keep doing more to get more. I’m a social media addict.

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Do smartphones make us happy?

This one isn’t much different than other addictions though. It leaves me feeling empty, lonely, and disappointed. What I’m really looking for is not there and never will be. While Smartphones are pretty incredible devices, they don’t necessarily make us smart. In fact, they might even dumb us down. They might just make us miss the little opportunities in life that make for big changes. Staring at a screen won’t allow us to see the beautiful things in life that are right beside us. Constantly engaging our minds with news, gossip, and media input could dim our awareness of bigger ideas and and thoughts that would transform our world.

We’ve all heard, or had, the baby that cries uncontrollably in the airplane, grocery store, or at home. After doing everything we can and still not knowing what he wants, we pop a pacifier in his mouth to give him something to take his mind off what the real issue is.

You really think this is helping?

You really think this is helping?

Have you ever reached for your iphone or computer because you just need to escape? I know I have. It’s a welcome break and keeps “the voices in my head from stealing my peace.” (Control – JJ Heller)

But is this healthy behavior? Does our obsession with phones and social media pacify us and keep us from going deeper, from seeking reality? From discovering what life is really about?

I can bet you it’s not about how many followers you have on Vine, or how many “friends” you have on Facebook, or how many “likes” you get on a post. It’s about knowing Who made you and why He made you. It’s about the people God puts around you and how you interact with them. (Yeah, I know, it’s always easier to get along with your phone.) It’s about loving, being kind, and always growing, seeking and finding, praying and waiting, inhaling, exhaling, praising God.

So I challenge you as I challenge myself, let’s hang up the electronics. For a day, for a week, for a month if you can. Let’s look strangers in the eye and give them a genuine smile. Let’s be open to random conversations or chatting in the waiting room. Let’s breath in some fresh air, sing a song, take a walk and thank God for His amazing creation WITHOUT, and this is the key, without instagraming the moment, or thinking of the next Facebook status, or planning your next blog post.

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Ah! That’s a tough one isn’t it?

Now please excuse me while I shut my computer down for the rest of the weekend. :D

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Tornado 5/20/13

The rain was pouring down yesterday. Listening to the thunder rumble from one horizon to the next, fading as it went, I thought of the rescue workers in Moore, Oklahoma – just 45 minutes from here. I love to hear the rain splashing down on the sod, once suffering from a severe Oklahoma drought, now green with promise; yet, I think perhaps the sky was raining down tears for the people who lost homes and loved ones.

May 20, 2013 hosted one of the most devastating tornadoes Oklahoma has ever seen. One newscaster, while watching live footage from a helicopter, even suggested it was the worst tornado in the history of the world. A one and 1/2 mile wide swath of destruction – on the ground for over 45 minutes, traveling 17 miles – from Newcastle to Draper Lake, and leaving crumbling piles of debris, fire, death and heart ache in it’s wake.

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We gathered in the living room and watched News Channel 4 as they followed the tornado from beginning to end. Our brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece live in that area and we were anxiously awaiting news from them. Jesse picked the children up from the baby sitter and headed to their storm shelter. (Click here for a cute story about that. :) Only 1/2 a mile away, the tornado passed them by.

Thankfully, the fatalities aren’t as many as was originally thought, but 24 people lost their lives and over 300 are injured. My heart goes out to these families, some having lost everything.

Today, the sun is shining and the sky is a deep Colorado blue, reminding us that dark, stormy days don’t last forever. I don’t know why things like this happen, but I have to trust that there is a reason. I pray the people affected by this tornado will be warmed by the sunbeams and be comforted in knowing that God is still in control and He watches out for those who love Him.

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Optical Illusions

Last Wednesday, my sister and I traveled down to the city to clean a client’s house – good clients. In fact, I think they pretty much adopted us as their own grandchildren and they kind of spoil us.

We’ve been cleaning for them for several years now and helped them move to two different houses. Of course, every house has had it’s changes, but a lot of the knickknacks remain the same. One such piece is a plaque – yarn needlework on plastic canvas – that sits behind the faucet of the bathroom sink. The red lines puzzled me every time I moved it to clean. What did it mean? Was it Hebrew or another language? To be honest, it looked like clutter and I couldn’t understand the significance of it being moved with such care from home to home.

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I was thinking along the same lines this time around as I moved it to clean behind the sink, but my mind didn’t dwell on it long. I raced on to other thoughts as I grabbed a rag and headed for the shower door.

New rag, last step…polishing off the faucets. I looked at the reflection of the back of the faucet through the mirror to make sure I got every last spot (ALL cleaning clients check spots like that right? :)…and I stopped. What on earth was reflecting the Name JESUS in the faucet??? There it was clear as day. I looked at the plaque, the only possible source in sight, and still saw red lines.  Staring hard at the faucet through the mirror, though, there was no doubt that it wasn’t just red lines after all, and it wasn’t some foreign language either. It just took a different angle to see the word.

Wait a minute! There, I had it. For a split second JESUS came into focus then faded again into red lines. But that was all it took. Now that I knew JESUS was there, that is what I looked for and I could see it.

Never again will I look at the plaque in the same way I did for all those years. It was enlightening really. I felt like a new realm was opened to me in a very relate-able way.

Can You See It?

I haven’t been “seeing” Jesus lately. Life has been looking like a bunch of red lines that don’t make any sense to me. I’d chuck them right out the window if I could, but I can’t, and those red lines just keep staring me in the face taunting me with their meaning, or lack there of.

I clean around it a lot – avoid it, move on to other thoughts…because it frustrates me. I don’t need more clutter on my counter, but that’s what it feels like. I want to see the meaning… but I’m at the wrong angle.

My focus gets off and the more I stare at the red lines the more I just see red lines and the less sense it makes. It’s depressing. And the more depressed I get about it the bigger the red lines get.

Adjust the Angle

Here’s the thing though… I know JESUS is there. Not just the word JESUS, but the Man, the Savior, the Messiah Yahshua Jesus. And I know that my focus, or my perspective, is part of the problem.

I admit it, my perspective gets off a lot. Somehow the life-sized problems balloon into monsters that feed on discouragement and hopelessness and, if I’m not active about shifting my focus back to my bigger-than-life God, it can be devastating.

I’ve learned this lesson before, but, like many of my posts imply, life lessons aren’t often learned once and for all. Sometimes it takes going over the same lesson over and over again, year after year. I think they get easier though – just a little bit – because you know what got you through the first time. I know now that I have to adjust the angle of my internal lens and I know doing that takes thankfulness. Counting the little things in life I am grateful for and building on it until my “thankful count” far out weights my problems. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

But I Don’t Want to Be Thankful

Yep, it’s true. Sometimes I just want to grovel in my unhappiness. Life is unfair and I can’t possibly deal with it anymore. This is where diligence comes in. I have the power to change my attitudes with my thoughts, but I must be diligent to shun the bad thoughts and immerse myself in good thoughts.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

If I do this, I know my unthankful attitude will go away eventually.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

But let’s be honest here – this is a lot of work!  It’s making constant decisions about every thought and making the right choice about which thoughts to think and which ones to scourge out the door. I have to remember…

JESUS is Always There

It is strength to know that JESUS is always there. When I can’t seem to get my focus right, when all I’m seeing is the red lines, He’s still there for me – for us – waiting, patient, even praying for us (John 17:20).

He has given us the spirit “of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7) And He will give us the strength to overcome.

Keep Looking

So I want to encourage you – when you’re having a difficult time seeing JESUS, keep looking. Focus on the good things and He will come into view. And believe me, when you get the focus right, you will never see it the same again.

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Why Contentment Should Be Easy

So I admit it, this year has been challenging. I started 2012 off with the Life Lessons I had learned from the previous year. They were good lessons and, for a few months, I felt like I had them under my belt. That be content thing? Oh yeah. Why wouldn’t you be content when you know nothing but Christ fulfills in this life?

Well, days went by, turning to months, and ending again with another December. The lessons fade along with the memories of mundane tasks performed on a daily basis. All around me there are people who have what I would like and yet take it for granted – aren’t as thankful as they should be… rather like I am with my blessings.

That’s when things get dangerous – when we start looking around and comparing what we’ve got (or want) with what others have. Suddenly, our life takes on a dull tone. One of my journalized notes gets to the root of it –

It’s rather late – I should be asleep already, but things are bothering me. Snuggled under a down comforter, my journal on my lap, I rant about life. One thing after another surfaces like the bubbles from an uncorked champagne bottle.

Life isn’t going my way.

But I already know that. The thing is, even though I know that, I still expect it to! Somewhere inside me, I think I can change my little world into a model utopia and live happily ever after. Isn’t that how it is in the stories we grew up on, the movies we watch? Yeah, there’s always a climax – a bit of an adrenaline rush heart ache to keep us interested – but it resolves in an hour or two leaving the memory to evaporate like star dust in the midnight sky.

As I scribble away, I know where the problem lies. It isn’t what I have or have not, ’cause I know that’s not what makes people happy.  I’ve been comparing my life to their life. In fact, I’m guilt of comparing myself to who I want to be.

What’s crazy is, I know better!

I know the wife of a fabulous husband and mother of a boat load of children isn’t always happy.

I know the “adorable couple” still has struggles like everyone else.

I know the lady down the street who just bought a great home for herself and has a well-paying job isn’t always smelling roses.

And that guy who travels the world and always does the things I want to do? Well, I know he’s just running away from it all like I want to.

I know that the best job, the best husband, the best location, weather, clothes, family, children, etc., will never make us happy.

You know why I know? Because I have it great! I am so blessed. I mean, how many people don’t get to snuggle under a down comforter in a warm house after a hot dinner and rant about their lot in life?

The gifts that many of us have been given are ultimately undeserved—we do not get to
choose if we are born into circumstances that allow us to live in a warm home, eat nutritious
meals, have access to clean water, and receive the chance to pursue an education or a vocation.
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I ended the entry with 2 Corinthians 10:12 –

“But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

So true! Enough of that comparing stuff now!

Last night I opened my Bible to Hebrews 13 and started reading where I had left off the night before. Verses 5 and 6 stopped me in my tracks.

Let your conversation (or conduct) be without covetousness ; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Wow! That’s why we should be content! Because our God and Father told us, I will never leave you or forsake you. What a powerful promise!

Essentially, He’s saying, “Don’t desire what other people have, or even talk about it, My lambs. I’ve got you covered. What else could you possibly need when you have My protection and guidance?”

I was shamed out of my disgusting, comparing discontent. With a God like that, contentment should be easy. And it is, if we don’t allow self to get in the way, if we don’t let our minds wander to compare the goods of others, if we constantly immerse our thoughts with the Word of God.

With an attitude of thankfulness and contentment, we may shout with boldness and confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me!”

That should be reward enough.

So is it Okay to Vote for the Devil?

As election day comes upon us, once again I look on in complete puzzlement. I hear it is the “Christian’s duty” to vote for one of the two candidates. “The lesser of the two evils” is the line echoed over and over, as if it were quoted straight from the Word of God.

But I can’t find that in my Bible.

Instead, I read in Exodus 23:2, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil”.

Strangely, not many Christians argue about the fact that both Obama and Romney are evil. How can they? Both candidates support murder, homosexuality, idolatry, and other abominations that God, in His Holy Word, refuses to leave unpunished.

The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Psalms 34:16

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 3 John 1:11

Why do we think that voting for the lesser of two evils is okay? If the devil himself was a candidate this year, I am convinced he would appear as the lesser evil compared to Obama and Romney, “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”. 2 Corinthians 11:14

Does that make it okay?

When will we take a stand for righteousness?

Christians seem to think that the lesser of two evils will result in less evil as the years go by, but history rebuts that theory. Make no doubt about it, voting for the lesser of two evils has allowed the evil we have today.

What was thought of as the wisest choice is really foolishness.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:7

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

We, as Christians and creations of the Creator, have a Higher Power to answer to – Yahweh, the Lord Almighty. Do you think the lesser of two evils is good enough for Him? Do you think He’ll “be okay” with us choosing the lesser of two evils?

If you are familiar with your Holy Bible, then the answer is a resounding NO!

For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16

Here is the conclusion of the matter –  Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

We have a choice to make. It may not be an easy choice but we can only serve one god. We can follow after righteousness, or we can follow after evil. We can’t do both.

Which god will you serve?

A Christ-follower’s View of Homosexuality Today

It’s everywhere now.

In the news, magazines, clothing styles, websites, blogs, WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, schools, downtown, uptown…like I said, everywhere.

Anyone opposed to it is painted as a hate monger…or worse. Some people will skirt around the topic any way they can, even if it means a detour to Timbuktu and back. Why jump into that fire if you can avoid it?

In order to be accepted, you have to accept it.

Only “close-minded bigots” will refuse to embrace it.

Big companies back it with millions in spite of boycotts that arise from it. Other big companies get bashed for merely choosing not to condone it.

It’s unavoidable… it’s an in-your-face kind of everywhere.

It’s homosexuality.

So why is it in-your-face everywhere? Why do they care if someone doesn’t accept their lifestyle? Why do they get so angry when Chick-Fil-A voices a different opinion? Or when anyone, for that matter, disagrees with them? Why is the 1-3% population of homosexuals taking up all this space?

Let’s take a brief look at history…

The first account of homosexuals is found in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 19. The city of Sodom was so full of sin that The Lord sent angels to destroy it. However, there was one man God intended to save for the following reason, that he was “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.) 2 Peter 2:7

The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

“My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

“Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

The angels took Lot, his wife and two daughters from Sodom and the story continues…

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a painting by John Martin

By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Early the next morning Abraham (Lot’s uncle) got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.

So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

You may have wondered where the terms sodomite and sodomy came from. Now you know.

You also may wonder why God punished Sodom in this way. We find that answer in 2 Peter 2:6 – “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly.” And in Jude 1:7, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

Followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, are often persecuted because they believe what the Bible says – that homosexuality is sin and will be punished. Christians didn’t make that up just to be snobby and close-minded and “better than thou”. God made this up. God, the creator of the universe, the earth and every person on it, said “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Lev 18:22)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Some argue that you can’t control your “sexual tendencies”, that people are born that way, but the Bible refutes that point. All sin can be overcome by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus took our sin on to the cross with Him. Because of His sacrifice, all of us can become new men and women. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) We no longer have to be tied down by our sins – whether it be homosexuality, adultery, coveting, or selfishness. Seeking God, repenting and turning from our evil ways will ensure eternal life with Christ in glory.

The Bible says we have no excuse not to believe in Him. He has revealed Himself in all of His creation. Rejecting God has serious consequences, which includes being turned over to a reprobate mind to do unclean and vile things. Read the verses below for a full list, but one of them is homosexuality.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:18-32

And this is why, as followers of Christ, we can not accept and condone the homosexual lifestyle and agenda. It’s not because we hate homosexuals. It’s because we love God and we love His creation. We know that God saved us from our despicable sins and that He can save homosexuals from theirs as well. We don’t want to see them rejecting the God who made us and them and suffering from it.

Everyone wants to feel accepted and, clearly, homosexuals are no different. Our deep longings for acceptance can ultimately only be filled by our Creator. But when we reject God, we look for acceptance elsewhere. The more people we can get to “see things our way” the less guilt we feel in our sin. We have an accomplice in our crime, so to speak.

Homosexuals want their lifestyle acceptable to all, but God won’t accept it. To Jesus, Who is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), it is still an abomination and always will be. He wants His people to be free of sin, not basking in it. He wants salvation for all people. And those who want salvation find it in Him and in Him alone.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16