2017-05-13 It grieves my heart
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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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Citrus Heights, CA 95621
May 13, 2017
This is a letter to our friends –
It grieves my heart
We enjoy watching “Survivor” on television. It is a study in human nature. Often such “studies” tempt me to do away with the TV set! Such was the case the other day. We watched as a homosexual couple (two men) were united after a separation. The demonstrated affection was accepted as normal by the participants and the program producers. My heart was grieved,
To begin with – There is a creator God. To the degree we depend upon Him – We are obliged to obey His rules. Have you heard, “If you live in my house, you obey our house rules!” or, “If you ride in our car-pool you don’t smoke!”
Since mankind is in every way dependent upon God, each of us is obliged in every way to obey His rules. Fortunately He is a loving, gracious, tolerant, and forgiving God. Were that not so I would long since been turned into a frog! (Apologies to the frogs.) His stated goal for each of us is for us to learn to love Him and to love one another.
The best definition I have for “Love” – Unselfishly willing the very best for the loved one. [John 3:16] Brotherly love and Christian care are Godly attributes. They produce positive results. Homosexual affection is selfish. It produces discord and chaos. Such results grieve the heart of the One who loves them most.
Beyond wanting to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates, I am grieved over the way our society is “teaching”, as in this “Survivor” program. How many young people will believe homosexuality is normal and acceptable as a result of this episode?
I have heard the counter, “Yes, but God loves the homosexual.” God also loves the murderer, the bank robber, the wife beater, and the child molester, but we do not tell the viewer these things are normal and acceptable. We need a fixed standard by which to measure right and wrong. Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it – even human nature. We need to warn those violating those rules else we are giving tacit consent.
I have learned from personal experience. When we obey God’s rules the results are positive. When we step outside His rules there is discord and chaos.
Those in rebellion will strike back in an effort to justify their actions. I respond in love for them, “Take it up with the One who loves you more than I do and who made the rules to help us learn to love Him and others unselfishly.”
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