Before I ‘roll into’ this BLOG I first off want to warn all of the readers that this is not going to be ‘pretty.’ My intent of this specific BLOG is to address a horrific epidemic that is plaguing our nation and more so our world. Honestly, it is meant to be righteously offensive (Hebrews 4:12). The issue ties to a key word and that is ‘Rationalization.’ So with that said…read on:
This morning I’m driving into work and was listening to ‘Through the Bible’ with the late Dr J. Vernon McGee. He has been walking his listeners through the Book of Acts and today discussed about Paul’s encounter with the sorcerer Bar-Jesus on the island of Paphos (i.e., modern day Cyprus). Acts, Chapt. 13 goes on to state the following:
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Paphos (Cyprus). 5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas (Bar-Jesus) the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, [a] filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, 10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? 11 Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.
Notice in this passage of scripture (vs.10) the words “deceit and fraud”…don’t worry we’ll get back to them…
After listening to Dr. McGee my thoughts turned to the current debate over Chick Filet’s announcement about their support for ‘traditional’ marriage/families and stating that they do not support the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender agenda of homosexual ‘marriage.’ Regardless of where your stand on this issue, you have to give credit to Dan Cathy, President/CEO of Chick Filet. In a society where so called leaders just wet their finger, stick it up in the air to see which direction the pop culture wind is blowing (and then follow that wind for their own selfish/justifiable gain), you know definitively where Chick Filet stands. And so with Chick Filets’ announcement the finger pointing and name calling began…from the Jim Henson Company (of the ‘Muppets’, ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Sid the Science Kid’) severing ties with Chick Filet on projects for children and thus throwing their support to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Then the mayor of Boston telling Chick Filet, “You’re not welcome to open new stores in Boston!” All I can say is WOW! All of this for taking a stand for ‘traditional’ marriage…the historically accurate and ‘true’ definition of marriage as in Genesis 2:20-24?
Folks, this entire ‘debate’ truthfully comes down to the reality that we have become what I like to call a ‘Rationalization Nation.’ Here is what the homosexual issue comes down to:
“I have known of people who used to live the homosexual lifestyle and are no longer homosexuals, but I have never met a black person, who is black, and is now no longer black.”
Do you catch what I am saying here? The evil one, Satan, is all about deceit and fraud (I told you we’d get back to those words) and thus has caused us to buy into the lie that homosexuals are ‘born homosexual’ and thus should be characterized as a people group. Really? Then what is next, “Pedophiles are born pedophiles? Drug addicts are born drug addicts? Polygamists are born Polygamists? Porn addicts are born Porn addicts?” and thus they too should be given the status of a ‘people group?’ NO! and all the more emphatically, NO! As said this is all about us being a ‘rationalization nation’ and thus rationalizing deviant behavior!
PLEASE do not take me here as saying that we should ever hate any of these people, but what we should hate is the rationalized behavior…SIN (a word not used at all anymore) in their lives…and the sorrowful, foolish choices being made. You see the SIN also going on here is not only affecting these people but also affecting our society as a whole…listen now: “SIN IS NEVER ABOUT JUST ME, IT IS ABOUT WE!” SIN starts out as a pebble dropping in a pond and then its concentric rings spread out larger and larger and larger touching everything! In light of this discussion and other areas where we are experiencing FRAUD and DECEIT, can anyone really say that we in the U.S. are living ‘peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness?’ (1Timothy 2:4) Is a ‘PEACEFUL AND QUIET AND GODLY AND HOLY’ lifestyle being promoted anywhere?
If you are a believer in Christ, don’t be afraid or ashamed to taking a LOVING and FIRM stand! Like Paul with the sorcerer Bar-Jesus and Dan Cathy/Chick Filet, may we “have nothing to do with (or participate in) the fruitless deeds of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
Press On! (Philippians 3:14)