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What Are We Losing to Gain?

In recent weeks I have been challenged to think about the losses in life. Some of my friends are losing the battle to old age and sickness, while others, including myself, have been faced with the loss of friendships. Still others I know are facing the disintegration of family structure that has developed a loss of connectedness. 

The ultimate loss is the death of close family members or friends who have gone on to the unseen world either to be with the Lord, or waiting for the day God judges all humans. Loss is a part of life. 

Some Christian families are facing some of the most heart-wrenching experiences with their families. I am thinking specifically about when children come out and say they are gay. I have heard it said by some Christian leaders that when that happens the parents typically shift their emphasis to a pro-gay stand. 

It is a challenge for parents who love their children, regardless of whether they are gay or not. Yet, the Bible says that the last days will be days of great turmoil. Confusion will rule the land, and internal strife will be the norm. 

Matthew 10:34-39 

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turna man against his father,a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

These verses help us to understand that family turmoil will be normal and that Jesus didn’t come to smooth over all the ruffled feathers. He says he came to divide even the closest of relationships with uncompromising truth. Many today will compromise the truth because relationships are more important than His truth. That is why so many parents will side with a gay son or daughter and shift their allegiance in favor of the homosexual lifestyle over the truth of God’s Word. 

First of all, Jesus does not compromise; the sword gives us that indication. He came to divide those who follow Him without compromise from those who follow with compromise. Those enemies will be painful because they are the children of homes where the values taught are no longer of any value or are regarded as irrelevant to the next generation. The love parents will have for these relationships will set the precedent, ruling against God and in favor of compromising the truth. 

God is clear, however, that to love Him over all relationships is the standard He sets and He will not compromise truth for love of family. Sounds stern doesn’t it? 

This is not the message many churches give to the families that struggle with the idea that their son or daughter is gay. Finding your life in compromise by supporting the gay agenda is not what God says is a worthwhile attitude.  He does not condone people who take only some truth, but reject the majority of truth that confronts attitudes that do not prioritize God’s ways in all situations. 

So what do I say about all of this? 

Simple: God does not compromise truth. Truth must triumph over emotion/feelings, and it must set the course for the believer’s foundation on all issues we face in life, including having to face loved ones with a ‘no compromise’ position on the gay issue. Sin is being softened by our emotional response, and by doing so it is easier to accept. 

As Christians that is not our course of action. Family members do not set the course for what we accept or believe, God does that, and we comply. Compromise will be the optimum word and excuse in the last days to accept God, but only in part. This compromise places our knowing God in jeopardy as Matthew 7 points out.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day,‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

Our compromise with God places us at risk for that last statement: “I never knew you!”

People who serve God in part, know in part, believe in part, and live out truth in part, are compromising their knowledge of God because of it.  

39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”  

What are you losing to gain? 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 


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