Christians, Let’s Stand Like A Rock

Posted in Family, Leadership by Benham Brothers | June 30th, 2015

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With the Supreme Court decision on gay “marriage,” many Christian leaders find themselves at a crossroads: Stand on biblical truth and face persecution, or sit on the sidelines free from the pressure.

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” This issue is a matter of principle, so there’s no reason why Christian leaders should even consider swimming with the current – but several are.

Thankfully, many leaders are standing like a rock, but others are sitting neutral, waiting for the cultural wind to shift their direction. (Silence is approval, by the way.) Still others, unfortunately, have already jumped in and started to swim with the cultural tide.

Leaders like Tony Campolo and others are now “reconciling” the Bible with homosexual practice, which was unheard of for the last 2,000 years. But, evidently, they now have “new eyes” to see the Scripture and finally have “peace in their heart” that God welcomes this lifestyle.

When we started hearing about leaders having this “fresh set of eyes” to view God’s Word on the issue, three Scriptures came to mind. In each of these passages, God’s Word was made clear to His people, but because they were stubborn, He left them to their own evil desires.

These scriptures reveal that God will allow us to swim with the current if we want when:

1) Our hearts are hard.

 2) Our hands are greedy.

 3) Our heroes are men.

Scripture also shows that we will suffer the consequences of disobeying God’s plan.

Let’s take a deeper look at these points.

1) Our hearts are hard: When Jesus was asked if it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife, he restated and reaffirmed Scripture in its original intent.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate” (Matthew 19:5-6).

Jesus was then asked why Moses allowed divorce, to which He responded, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way” (Matthew 19:8).

God never wanted divorce, but the people did, so because of their hard hearts they got it.

2) Our hands are greedy: When Balaam, an ancient man known for his supernatural powers, was offered a great sum of money by the king of Moab to curse the Israelites, he asked God if he could go with the king.

God responded, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:12).

But Balaam was offered even more money, and greater recognition among the king’s dignitaries. So he asked God again.

This time God responded, “… Rise up and go with them …” (Numbers 22:20).

God’s command was clear the first time. He said “no.” But when Balaam insisted, God allowed him his request, because his hands were greedy.

3) Our heroes are men: Israel spent the first 400 years in the Promised Land without a king. God was the only true King of Israel. There was to be no king but Him. Yet the Israelites wanted to be like all the other nations, so they demanded a new king – a man.

“Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5b).

Samuel, the prophet, warned them not to reject God in this matter, but they wouldn’t listen. So God said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king” (1 Samuel 8:22).

God was to be the only king in Israel, yet because their heroes were men they chose a man to replace God.

Do you see how this works today? When God has already spoken clearly in His Word about a matter, we do not need to go back to Him to try and get what our foolish hearts desire. We do not need to look at Scripture with “a fresh set of eyes,” but always through the fresh wind of God’s Holy Spirit.

We don’t doubt some of these Christian leaders today – and more upcoming – are seeing something brand new in the Bible they’ve never seen before in relation to the homosexual lifestyle. But it’s not God’s Word. It’s their hard hearts, greedy hands or the fact that their heroes are men and not God.

We’ve done our best to train our kids to obey us the first time we speak, because that is when they are safest. Walking through a parking lot not long ago, a car was approaching our 5-year-olds, and when we said to them, “Stop walking!” they immediately stopped. This kept them from getting hurt, or even killed.

Listening to God the first time brings safety, which leads to life. But asking again, or negotiating His standards on the issues will only lead to brokenness and hurt.

We pray our spiritual leaders have the strength of resolve to stand like a rock when the easiest thing to do would be to swim with the current!

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