Do we ever stop? Does membership in a church, or kneeling at the front of a church or auditorium and praying the sinners prayer somehow change our relationship to Christian morality? Why does Jesus Christ save us? These are some of the questions that come into my mind as I ponder this verse.
Talking to first century Christians living in pagan Rome, the city of Corinth specifically, Paul says we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. All Christians know that this applies to us today as much as it did to the Corinthian Christians two thousand years ago.
Paul adds that we must perfect holiness IN THE FEAR OF GOD.
I’ve always been uncomfortable using the spiritually charged and imprecise language of public relations and political campaigns. I, however, started my “professional career” in ministry persuading a group of ministers and laymen to do just that for the purpose of defeating the sodomite movement in Maine. I was young, and I didn’t fully understand what I was doing at the time.
Many years ago it became clear to me. When I realized it I stopped using the phrase “sexual orientation” in my argumentation. I replaced it with sodomy and sodomite, much to the consternation of nearly all my professional Christian friends. They didn’t want to be Fred Phelpsed by the media. Phelps was the much maligned Pastor who became famous for his public signwaves at soldier funerals. His signature sign was “God Hates Fags.”
I (don’t) hate to say it. But, He does … hate …. fags. God is going to send them to hell. That’s what Christianity has taught from the beginning. Fred wasn’t the problem. American Christianity’s decision to ignore scripture in order to win favor with the world through the use of public relations techniques is the problem.
Our multi-generational unwillingness to be politically martyred for telling the truth has produced a wicked generation. I played a short interview from the CHRISTIAN Broadcasting Network on my LIVEstream show yesterday. While the interview with Franklin Graham was about sodomy and sodomites neither Biblical word passed the lips of either the interviewer or interviewee. Graham, in fact, went out of his way to sound more loving than Jesus Christ himself. That is, to me, dangerous ground to be treading.
Why in the world would we expect a ferociously carnal man like Donald Trump to understand the depths of loathing God feels toward sodomy if even Franklin Graham must refer to them as “gay?”
Why must Franklin Graham do this? He’s not a politician. He’s America’s Christian evangelist. I’m proud of him for drawing a line in the sand during the interview over the issue of tax exempt status. We have no hope of winning this profoundly diabolical battle, however, unless we fear God enough to be honest about what we’re talking about here. Graham got it in clearly during the interview. He spoke accurately of God’s judgment.
His rhetoric was weak because tax exempt status is the least of everyone’s civic worries when it comes to sodomy. The word itself is about the judgment of a polis, a political system …. a city called …….. Sodom. This issue is NOT simply about individuals or orientations. It is about God himself destroying in real time, here in this world not the next, entire cities. That would be the men and women who created and maintained a political system that produced unhinged male gangs that suddenly sprang up to demand violent sex with male angels.
The real violence in America today is not the threat of civil war or masked thugs in the street threatening Trump supporters. No, the profoundly wicked and evil violence is taking place every single day in your local workplace, public school, library and online. Christians are entirely complicit in this. Christians are teaching and living it. American Christians might as well be demanding violent sex with angels. They are either actively participating in, or allowing, the sodomitic rape of their children’s and grandchildren’s minds and innocence.
And Franklin Graham, along with all America’s priests and ministers, are worried about their tax status and “religious liberty” — whatever the hell that is. Unbelievably Western Christian leadership is the group most dedicated to protecting the “right” of Muslims to pray in schools while Jesus Christ Himself is banned from the building. It’s beyond illegal for students and faculty to pray, or even THINK about Jesus Christ, while they are on the clock. This same institution is setting aside time during the school day, and rooms in the building, for Islamic prayer.
Go figure. I guess that’s Hellary’s definition of equality and diversity.
Will we ever wake up? Or are we destined to go the way of Sodom and Gomorrah — unhinged male gangs demaning violent sex with God. Regardless of what happens to the Divided States of America I know the source of my national pride and patriotism. Jesus Christ is my only source … for everything. I love my nation. If it doesn’t repent of national sins like baby murder, sodomy, the global debt-based monetary system and war mongering then it will get what it deserves. Justice. God’s justice.
And that don’t look nothing like Judge Judy’s little “J” justice. We’re talking heavenly raindrops of fire baby.