And we are sleeping….

I’ve wrestled whether to blog on the events of late.  My head has been so conflicted over everything  What Christ has commanded of me, what the world wants from me, and how to somehow find my place in the sand over all of it.  Questioning myself and what I believe and wondering if it lines up with what Christ wants of me.  Where does love, compassion and acceptance say, “Don’t cross this line.”  Where does Christ say-not that line?

And in this I was reminded of a song by Casting Crowns.

“While You Were Sleeping”

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

In that song, the part of “while you were sleeping” and “will we be sleeping” just keeps leaping out to me.  And the more I grapple with it all, I see more clearly that the events of late are nothing new….from the moment Christ took that last breath on the cross….we have been sleeping.  Complacent in his forgiveness.  Not recognizing the gravity of which it was given.  It isn’t one group, one issue, one sin that should have us wondering what has happened….it’s the entirety of it all.  Whether it’s how we take snippets of scripture in the Old Testament to throw stones at our brother and sister in Christ, or how we take snippets of the New Testament to put a blanket of love over everything….it’s not just one group, or two groups…it’s all of us.  It’s you.  It’s me.  We closed our eyes and we slept.  And then we opened our eyes and are trying to put the worms back in the can.  You simply cannot do it.  Impossible.

I read a leading female Christian author say that the decision regarding marriage rights was the line we crossed….I disagree.  That line was crossed well before now.  Christ’s grace and mercy have just been more than we deserve…not just as a nation…but as a world of believers.  America isn’t any more blessed than another country when it comes to Christ.  We certainly aren’t as persecuted as most other nations as a body of believers.  Something tells me that Christ grieves much more deeply each time a newborn is aborted…much more so than seeing a couple take the words of “marriage” and apply it to what doesn’t match the Biblical definition of marriage.  If you truly believe that marriage is Biblically defined, then you know beyond any doubt that while the government may recognize it, Christ does not.  And that’s ok.  It’s ok for a couple to have the same civil rights…..it doesn’t threaten the church and the words in the Bible…not if you believe that God’s word is  sovereign.  We were told that sin would be rampant amongst us….my suitcase is filled with sin in my daily life.  I can’t begin to sit and judge the sin of another….but I can say that I don’t agree with something and it doesn’t cloud my love and compassion for a person.  Learning to disagree with love is one of the greatest things we can do as a Christian.  Sadly, what I have seen recently are a lot of Christians disagreeing in hate and spite.  Christianity has been easy in America…..far too easy.  Maybe as it becomes a tad more difficult, we will fully appreciate and grasp what the cross gave us.  All of us…in the same amounts.  One of us did not get more than the person next to us.  We tend to appreciate what we have to work the hardest for…..maybe  all the events of the past 2000 years are leading us to something that doesn’t come without hardships….something that matters more than money, retirement, material things….being right all the time.  Something worth dying for.  He died for us…..and if you read the last page in the Bible….God wins.  The battle I read was not a pretty thing…not easy….Satan wants to win and he will try very hard….but in the end, God wins.

I saw recently where someone in the LGBT community said marriage is not the same as “Holy Matrimony.”  That’s where I am going to stand in agreement.  It’s not the same.  The New Testament and the death of Christ released us from the law of the Old Testament….but it did not change “Holy Matrimony.”  The government cannot change that either.  So, to those I love in the LGBT community, please know I love you and I want you to be able to care for those you love when they are sick or when they die that you are recognized as the person that they loved….I do…and if our government says you can “Marry”, then I pray you have better marriage survival rates than we do as heterosexuals.  We, even in the Christian community, have done a pitiful job of holding up the sanctity of marriage….but with that said, I know with every fiber in my body that my Lord, my Christ, your Christ says it’s not a “Holy Matrimony.”  For that, I will not apologize.  My suitcase of sin is full, so I won’t begin to judge the sin in the life of another….God clearly said it’s not my job.

I realize that this blog post will likely bring some folks to delete me or such on social media….and if you feel the need to speak harshly in a comment…just know it will not be approved.  Now, excuse me while I go work on my sin of pride.  Or maybe today is laziness.  I have plenty to choose from….

We attend a church that has issued a statement that they will not perform the unions between same-sex couples.  I stand behind that decision, because I believe that the Bible is black and white on this issue…of what Christ and the church believe.  The church and the law of the government are not the same….and that is America.  And that’s ok.  So, let’s love our neighbor as ourself….and as my grandmother alway said….you can catch a lot more flies with honey than you can vinegar.  May our words be as sweet as honey….filled with grace…..and may we disagree in love.