Friends, I pride myself on being transparent. I lead with that statement because your girl is fed up. One of the best rules we follow in the business world is to never respond to an email while angry, because you will inevitably type something you will regret. Well, that rule doesn’t apply here and I’ll tell you why. Not all anger is equal. Human ire fuels a careless and flippant tongue (James 1:19-20). However, there is such a thing as righteous anger. Ephesians 4:25-26 tells us, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” The amount of false doctrine being tossed around and the complete lack of truth shared about God and His word has me quite righteously angry.
Over the last few years, it seems everyone has God’s character pegged. All of the sudden, everyone is a Bible scholar and knows exactly how God would respond in every single situation today. With the rise of every divisive topic, every new satanic agenda pushed, amateur “theologians” surmise Jesus’ view on the topic. A HuffPost article from 2012 claims that Jesus never even spoke on homosexuality. An opinion piece from 2019 details the reasons why Jesus is non-binary. The author claims, “the Gospels show us a Jesus whose range of emotional expression mirrors the feminine aspects of the Old Testament God” because He cried over Lazarus’ body and knew how yeast works in dough. Hitting on another polarizing topic of this generation, a 2015 HuffPost article explains why Jesus would say Black Lives Matter instead of saying all lives matter. Check out this excerpt, “As Christians we should recognize the language of black lives matter. After all, Jesus did not say “blessed is everyone,” but “blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20). He did not say “as you do it unto everyone, you do it unto me,” but “as you do it unto the least” (Matthew 25:40). Jesus did not say “love everyone,” but “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).” You think the writer realizes that he just classified black individuals as poor, the least and enemies?! Not sure he thought that one all the way through. Now, with the “leaked” Roe v. Wade document, Jesus’ stance on abortion is front and center once again. This 2020 opinion piece, which falsely claims that Jesus is inherently pro-choice because He gave us free will, serves as a rally cry among pro-choice “Christians.”
Is anyone else’s blood boiling?! Tell me it’s not just me, friends. I simply cannot be the only one who’s stomach rolls when the masses constantly peddle the “Jesus is love” argument to justify their sin. Society is attempting to humanize Jesus. They’ve turned Him into a demigod, equating Him to a spirit guide oozing love and rainbows like a human CareBear. My favorite Biblically based online boutique, Conviction Co., has a hilariously accurate sticker that reads, ‘I can do all things through a verse taken out of context.’ Isn’t that the motto of the church today?! Proper Biblical context and holy sanctification has fallen by the wayside in name of false love and acceptance. Every single Bible believing Christian should be equally devastated and furious over how the church is responding to today’s culture. They’ve responded by participating! God forbid we admonish sin and possibly step on a toe.
I can hear it now. ‘So, you’re telling me that you know exactly who God is, Erica?’ Why, yes. Yes, I am. Every single Christian should know exactly who God (capital G) is because He tells us over and over again in the Holy Bible. He doesn’t leave us guessing where He would land on social issues. Christians don’t worship a dead, mythological being who gave us fortune cookies mantras to go on. We serve a living God who, when invited, actively moves in our lives. Furthermore, He breathed life into a written Word to serve as a physical, spiritual weapon. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’ and Hebrews 4:12 tells us ‘the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.’ So, because I am His child (2 Corinthians 6:18) and I am His friend (John 15:15), I am outraged at His constant mischaracterization. I wouldn’t stand for anyone spreading lies about my parents or my friends, so I simply cannot be quiet when they do it to my Heavenly Father.
Friend, the biggest lie the enemy is selling right now is that loving someone means agreeing with them. That is simply not true. Loving someone means caring enough about them to tell them what they need to hear, even if they’re not going to like it. We cannot protect someone’s feelings with our silence and call it love. My Pastor has given an analogy since I was a child and it will always ring true. He says, ‘If you’re driving toward a bridge that’s out, and I’m standing there waving a flashlight warning you, I’m not your enemy, I am your best friend!’ I can’t stand the thought of anyone saying, ‘if you knew, why didn’t you tell me?!’ I share information out of immensely deep love and respect for Jesus and for YOU.
So, please hear me, friends. Yes, God gave us free will. He never forces us to choose to follow His son. In the garden of Eden, He instructed Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of food and evil, but He didn’t keep them from making their own choice. He told them what would happen if they chose to defy Him and they proceeded anyway. God operates in a state of informed consent, not mandates. The free gift of eternal salvation wouldn’t be a gift if He forced us to take it. However, giving us choices doesn’t make Him pro-choice! He is a holy God who calls us to holiness. He calls us, those who love Him, to obey His commandments (John 14:15). We are expressly told not to kill (Exodus 20:13). Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. It is murder, which is a clear contradiction to Scripture.
The world focuses on Jesus’ love out of context because if they looked at the fullness of His love, they’d be forced to acknowledge their sin and change their ways. He IS love, but He is also just (1 John 1:9), He is holy and calls us to holiness (1 Peter 1:16), He is pure and calls us to purity (1 John 3:3). Homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22) and we are all one in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28). John 14:6-7 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
I want to leave you with the most important part of Jesus’ character. The love that is spoken of so freely produces the grace and mercy that will keep us from spending eternity in hell, should we choose to follow Him. Everyone knows John 3:16. God sacrificed His son for our sins knowing that He’d never force us to follow Him. He gave up His son to simply give us an opportunity of eternal life. There is no greater love than that. The best part is that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Sin is the great equalizer. Romans 3:23 says we’ve ALL sinned and come short of the glory of God. But 1 John 1:9 says He is faithful to cleanse of us all sin if we only confess! Everyone can repent and turn from sin and come to eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9-10 tells us how to receive Him. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Jesus loves you and wants to spend eternity with you, friend. And so do I.
Until next time,