Friday, May 25, 2012


I was just browsing some religous blogs and ran across this one posted by an Episcopal Minister.
This is his quote on his blog.

Rand Paul, my senator from Kentucky, recently gave a critique of President Obama’s religious views.  In reference to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage, he said, "It did kind of bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference. He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage. And I'm like, what version of the Bible is he reading?"
President Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts that he treats others as he would want to be treated because he's a Christian, and he said that contributed to his support for marriage equality. 
Paul said, "I don't know what version he's getting that from."
Obama got it from the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 7, verse 12.  The Gospel’s writer is quoting Jesus.  The King James Version (KJV) reads, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
The New International Version reads, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
The New Revised Standard Version reads, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
I checked several versions and they all conformed to Obama’s use of the verse.  Whatever version of the Bible the President used, the message was the same.
I have a problem with this, especially coming from a supposed minister of God.
First off, I totally agree with the "Golden Rule" and that it is the same in all versions of the Bible, however, this minister is implying that the homosexual life style is acceptable to Jesus.
Let me explain something that so many are ignoring or overlooking, christians and non-christians alike. Jesus loved EVERYONE but at NO time did He ever condone SIN. Sin is missing the mark or falling short of God's intentions, designs, or desires.  While Jesus loved everyone, He always said "Go and SIN NO MORE".  ALL sexual perversions, whether adultery, fornication, bestiality, homosexuality, etc. fall short of God's desire and design of a man and a woman together in marriage to one another. Anything else is spoken of in God's Word, the Bible, as SIN. These are just as much SIN as Theft, Murder, Lying, Child molestation, etc. and we certainly don't want to tolerate those things in society.
We as Christians are to be like Christ and love everyone, but at the same time, we must say to those who are living in obvious sin to "Go and sin NO MORE".  We are not to express hatred toward individuals but only toward the sin.  However, we as Christians need to examine our own lives and even church doctrines before we point out another's sin because if we point out obvious sin in others and hide, accept, or ignore sin in our own lives or church fellowships, we are being hipocritical and Jesus had some harsh words for hipocrital religious people. Do we ignore or accept "little white lies"; do we accept or ignore cheating on tax returns; do we accept and encourage the charging of usury (interest) in the economic dealings of our nation? Yes, the Bible says charging interest is wrong. Many take a verse in the New Testament out of context to encourage that because they ignore God's law in the Old Testament.
What I'm saying is that we as Christians, God's people, need to repent (re-think), get our own back yards cleaned up, pull the beams out of our own eyes and then God CAN and WILL heal our land. We can then encourage others out of love to GO AND SIN NO MORE.