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Al Mohler Speaks: America Has Chosen a President

I’ve been experiencing a whirlwind of emotions in the last twenty-four hours. Even before Karl Rove said it around lunchtime, it was obvious who our next President would be. I listened to the speeches of both McCain and Obama, then went to bed. I went right to sleep. Why? Well, I was tired! And, I know Who is ultimately in charge.

This morning I have struggled to articulate my own feelings about the situation, which is why I want to encourage you to read Al Mohler’s post from today. Mohler is a master wordsmith and I could never say it quite the way He did, so read…

America Has Chosen a President.

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  • http://www.waynejohn.com Wayne John

    I’m sorry, I want to add that if I were gay, perhaps I’d want to get married someday. Yet even if I love the lord as much as you, and pray each day like you, praise him each day like you, and he loves me back as equally as he would love you, I would be less a person because He made me to be attracted to the same sex?

    He makes everyone in his image, and no one is exempt from that. So how exactly is it that he makes people gay, but states their marriage is wrong?

    I’m really confused by this argument and hope you might clear it up for me a little.

    Wayne John’s last blog post..Sprucing things up a bit

    • Brandon

      @Wayne John -

      You ask questions that a lot of people struggle with when it comes to Christianity. Some of what you say, I would not argue with at all. All people are made in the image of God. There is inherent dignity in every life. He does love every person regardless of their lifestyle choices. But there seems to be a misunderstanding of the nature of sin.

      The Bible is very clear that homosexual behavior is sin. When we give into a lust or affection for someone of the same gender, we’re violating clear biblical commandments. Because of this, I don’t think you could ever win an argument that someone was “made gay.” We’re all born with a disposition toward sin, but that disposition is never an excuse from our responsibility to live according to God’s commands.

      Further, the Bible is also clear that the only way we are allowed to say that we love God is if we obey His commandments. It isn’t enough to say it, or to feel it, our obedience is what proves our love for God.

      It really boils down to this: the Bible tells us homosexual behavior is sin and cannot be justified before a sinless and holy God. You either believe the Bible to be God’s Word or not. But if you don’t, then what is our standard of morality? At what point do we find an irreducible minimum standard of righteousness? For me, the Bible happens to be God’s own perfect revelation of Himself and His will, and our sinful choices don’t change absolute truth.

      As for why I believe marriage should legally be reserved for one man and one woman, it goes back to that issue of an “irreducible standard” of what marriage is. If marriage can be something other than between one man and one woman, or if marriage’s definition is entirely up to our individual beliefs and preferences, then why have something called “marriage” at all? It ceases to lose its meaning altogether.

      I also understand that this is a volatile time right now. On the heels of a major national election, our emotions are all up because of our various viewpoints. Ultimately, I don’t want to bully anyone or discriminate against a person’s basic human or civil rights. However, I do have the freedom as one citizen (who finds his identity as a Christian) to voice my own concerns and convictions. Granted, I also have an assignment to love my neighbor as myself regardless of our differences over any moral or political issue.

      Thanks for asking the questions. I don’t know that we’ll come to agreement on these things in this life, but above all, I hope the readers of this blog seek a relationship with Jesus and desire to live under His Lordship to prepare for the life to come.