By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
The “coming out” of homosexuals. If you pay attention to the news, it seems that there is a “coming out” of a homosexual every few months. Sometimes it is an athlete, sometimes it is an actor or actress, sometimes it is a politician. Average citizens who “come out” don’t make the news. Those who “come out,” do so for at least two reasons: 1) They are tired of hiding it. 2) They are convinced that homosexuality is acceptable, and want to get others to accept it.
Points for Christians and homosexuals to consider. Bible-believing Christians object to homosexuality because the Bible, which is the Word of God, says it is wrong. Homosexuals should not be mistreated verbally or physically. But they should not expect everyone else, especially Bible-believing Christians, to accept homosexuality as “normal.” Christians have an infallible moral standard, the Bible, by which to govern their lives, so they can’t accept homosexuality as “normal,” or as “acceptable.”
Many Christians need to have their own “coming out.” But what was just said above is not the main point of this posting. My main point is that there are many Christians who need to “come out” as Christians. They need to quit hiding the fact that they believe the Bible is the Word of God. They need to quit hiding the fact that they believe in the Bible’s doctrines and its moral absolutes. They need to quit blending in with the crowd of non-Christians. They need to quit going along to get along.
This does not mean that Christians need to be offensive about their faith. We should be gracious, loving, and kind to those who don’t accept Bible-believing Christianity. We certainly don’t want to be like those whom we have seen on the news that claim to be Christians while they hold up offensive signs of protest at homosexual events, or at the funerals of soldiers. But, still, many Christians need to “come out” as Christians.
Suggestions about how to “come out” as Christians. How can this be done? Here are some suggestions: 1) If you eat with non-Christians, say a silent and brief prayer of thanks for your food. In other words don’t hide your gratitude for your food. It is sometimes good to ask them if you can say thanks for their food, too. 2) Talk about some blessing(s) you get from church attendance, and from reading the Bible. 3) If a non-Christian tells you of an illness or of another personal problem, tell them you will pray for them. They might like it if you pray for them right then, so long as it is done in a thoughtful way. 4) When moral and doctrinal issues are discussed, say what the Bible says about the subject. 5) Invite them to church services or Bible studies. 6) Give them Gospel literature or a Bible. Remember, no matter what we do to make it known that we are Christians, we should gracious, loving, and kind.
BIblical statements about not hiding our Christianity. Here are two statements about this subject, given without any commentary from me.
Psalm 1 (From the King James Version)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Second Corinthians chapter 6, verses 14 – 18 (From the King James Version.)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 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. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The quotes from the Bible given above were taken from this website: www.biblegatewat.com.
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