Commentary By: Gordon King
I can’t help but feel the pain of those suffering in the world, those lost and without hope, those whose mind is twisted and depraved. It grieves my heart to think of what is destined for such people, to think of what they believe to be the truth yet is nothing more than sugar-coated lies and deceptions.
And even though we tell them the truth, even though they can see it with their own eyes, they continue to believe untruths to the beat of a different drummer, to the demise of their very being. They seek what they believe is good, they seek the pleasures which they believe will make them happy, yet in the end will bring upon them death and destruction!
How do we as believers in Jesus Christ respond to such people? With hatred and shame, or with love and an open heart?
It isn’t always easy being a Christian, especially in the world today. It’s not always so cut and dry these days, having one side to stand on, yet showing love and sympathy for those deviating from God’s word. Yet it must be done. We as believers in Jesus Christ are to love everyone, even our enemies, to bless those that curse us, and to pray for our enemies.
However, that does not mean that we support their sinful lifestyles, nor does it mean that we engage in those activities ourselves. On the contrary, we love those who rebel against God Almighty, yet we hate the sin! We hate what God has told us is ungodly, yet we are to love those who are lost, just as God first loved us as sinners.
Trying to figure out the world these days seems to be a futile task, with transsexuals, homosexuals, transvestites, and people who are just not sure what they are! With the government telling schools that they must allow anyone to use any bathroom depending upon what sex they feel that they are that day. With society now telling us that if you are not in agreement with any of these things then you are a hater!
I do not remember any time in my life when these things were an issue, or when very young children were telling their parents that they are the opposite sex from what they were born, and parents beginning treatments for sex changes of their children at an early age. However, now things are very different, these things are now commonplace, they are becoming societal norms, and if you are in disagreement with them then you are seen as a hater! Here we are, believers in Jesus Christ in a world gone mad!
Why do we all of the sudden see these things taking place? Why is it that these things seem to have come full force to the forefront? Could it be that we are approaching a time of no return? That what is about to happen in this world will forever change the lives of billions of people worldwide? I believe that it is.
I believe that we are quickly approaching the return of Jesus Christ to this planet, that the end of all things as we know it is coming to a close. I believe that all of these things taking place are signs of the closeness of Christ’s return to earth!
So the question is, do we love those who are lost and wandering down the wrong paths, or do we hate them? Do we continue to share the love of God with them or do we condemn them for the error of their ways? Ours is not to condemn but to share the love of God with a hurting world. Ours is not to judge, for that is reserved for Jesus Christ Himself!
We all have sinned, we all fall short of the glory of God, yet God still loved us, He forgave us of our sins, washed us clean, and continues to cleanse us of all unrighteousness!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!