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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Guestpost - This Isn't Time to Gloat, But to Pray by Dwayne Taylor

As Christians, this is not a time to gloat over the Amendment One that just passed in North Carolina. It is time to pray!

We need to understand that many of the people who voted against the amendment are Christians who are just deceived. They have loved ones--homosexual friends, family and co-workers who have played a major influence on their thoughts and decisions.

"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." (Mark 13:22 NKJV)

While these individuals do not intend to operate like false prophets and deceivers, they do based on their sphere of influence on those who love them. This is why we must pray. Many of the people who voted against the amendment are deceived because their love for their homosexual loved ones have blinded and deceived them. But our love for God MUST to be greater.

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." (Matthew 10:34-37 NKJV) 

Inadvertently, through blind love, these people are creating a path of separation from God for their loved ones, and in some cases, themselves. We need to pray that their hearts will be turned to the righteousness of God. That the voice and love of God will over take the deception that now resides within them. Pray that the lost will be saved and that the blind will see. Pray that tough love will win over fleshly love and pray that the heart of the deceived and of the sinner will be transformed by the Holy Spirit to receive and accept the true word of God.

"Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. " (James 5:19, 20 NKJV)

"As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." (Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV)

So many opponents to Amendment One have used the term haters against the ones who are for the Amendment. This, for the most part, is a bullying manipulation tactic used by children to get their way. But there are cases where Christians have failed miserably in showing the love of God and are just as guilty, using bullying tactics to make their points. 

Additionally, those against Amendment One call people who are in favor of it uneducated, backward, and unable to adapt to today's changing standards. Here is the truth, God Himself and His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)

God isn't interested in changing with the times. He is the Father of time. God isn't interested in changing to make people happy. He's interested in changing people to save them.  

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." (I Corinthians 6:9 NKJV).  

Does this mean that people who do any of these things are going to hell? Not if these people repent and ask for God's forgiveness. True repentance doesn't mean to repent, do it again, and keep repenting. That is taking advantage of God's goodness. True repentance means to turn away from it and do one's best not to keep repeating it. That is why a homosexual lifestyle is so hard. These people have to make a lifestyle change. True repentance means loving God and wanting to please God over the sin itself.

We are called to stand for God's word but this battle shouldn't be fought with anger but with love and prayer. Not with acceptance of the sin, but for repentance of the sinner. Not with pride and arrogance, and defamation of people's characters, but with prayer, prayer, prayer!


Great points, Dwayne. Those who want to show compassion aren't our enemies, they're just misguided. Deceived, as you say. This is a time for prayer.

Amen! Sin is sin. But it is difficult when someone we love is living this lifestyle. I agree we must stand for the truth while loving these people into the kingdom of God. Wouldn't it be great to be known as "lovers" instead of "haters?" :)

Thank you Dwayne for sharing your word of exhortation to pray. Even though I live in New York State, in any season, with God all things are possible. Thank you for reminding me to not to grow weary living out and sharing the love of Christ to a hurt and confused world.