My best friend in college died of AIDS in 2001. Though it was not discussed or acknowledged at the time, he was a homosexual.
This was in 1969 – way before the media pressure that was to come to legitimize homosexuality.
I wasn’t a Christian in my college years. I became a Christian shortly after graduating. I married; he remained single. Glen went his way and I went mine.
We lost track of one another. Several times over the years I tried to search for him. Then Facebook came along. I knew where his hometown was and that he had brothers. I searched and tried to make contact.
Finally, I did. His brother and I began to communicate on Facebook that led eventually to a lengthy phone conversation. The family fears came to fruition regarding Glen. He suffered long and died of HIV.
Glen was one of the most brilliant, astute, kind individuals I have ever known in my life. We spent hours discussing politics, the Vietnam War, the Nixon administration, etc., and many other things in the several years of close friendship. He often came to my hometown and spent time with me and my family. He was a great guy and loved by all of my family.
He wasn’t a Christian, nor was I. We both prided ourselves on being agnostics.
Many years have since passed. The controversies of the late 60s and early 70s were significant. But so are today’s.
Glen was a compassionate liberal. We agreed on many things back then. Today we wouldn’t so much I’m quite sure. I knew his politics because he had influenced me back in our days at Michigan State University.
I was walking in darkness during those years. I began to go to church with a gal that I met in my early years of teaching. The Truth of the Bible penetrated my heart, soul and mind. Though a liberal, though agnostic, my veil of darkness was removed and I had eyes and a mind that could see in a way that I never had before. As the song goes “Once I was blind, but now I can see. The light of the world is Jesus!”
Indeed, it is true.
A critic wrote today: Again, you base your views on a totally fictitious book. Your Bible is not a credible source. There is no independent corroboration of any of its
stories. Many of those stories are obviously false, or at best, not so good
metaphors. Yet you would condemn thousands of people based on it.
America is not chosen by your imaginary God, nor can this non-entity destroy
Why can’t you do as Paul suggests and cast off your childish ways and become
thinking, rational adults.
What this person cannot accept through his refusal to open his heart, mind and soul to Jesus Christ, is that he will remain blind to God’s Truth made very plain in the Bible he ridicules.
The following verses get to the essence of this reality:
I Corinthians 1:18. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
I Corinthians 1:25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
I Corinthians 2:12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
One thing that I lament regarding my friend Glen is this. I lost track of him and didn’t continue in close friendship with him. I was Glen’s best friend. He was my best friend. If there was anyone he may have opened up to – to hear words like those written above it would have been me.
There are those reading this that are – perhaps – at a similar place that Glen was. Yet, you refuse to trust in Christ as Lord and Savior.
Christians are not haters. However, Christians should not be compromisers. As Christians compromise God’s holy standard, they misrepresent God’s standard. That brings confusion to those around us. That is shameful. It ought not to be! Yet, humans are so often timid and afraid to speak truth.
Adultery is not of God – it degrades His Name and people are damaged, hurt and destroyed. Homosexuality is also not God’s will. It degrades God’s Name and people are damaged, hurt, and destroyed.
Christians are to be standard bearers and to point people to Christ and the cross – to salvation. Some detest this. “Faithful Christians are routinely mocked and called narrow-minded and bigoted for believing that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Unfortunately, many professing Christians buckle under this intense cultural pressure and say either that there are many ways to God or that people who have not heard the gospel may somehow be saved by Christ.
Those who truly believe in the Word of God, however, cannot waver on the exclusivity of Christ (John 14:6). In fact, we must be clear that the Lord is furious at sinners who do not repent of their sin and run to Jesus for salvation. …”
[Taken from Tabletalk, Ligonier Ministries, August 14, 2012]
Each of us are far from perfect. We are sinners in need of a Savior. It’s not politically correct to talk like that, but it is the truth.
Our remedy is not found in inclusivity or pedophilia, homosexuality, adultery or pornography. These all lead to destruction. Our remedy has always been and will always be found in Christ and Christ alone!
Not because I say it but because God says it. Will you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?