The Mayor of Houston, Texas and her City Attorneys issue subpoenas ordered several Pastors to send in copies of their sermons to the mayors office for review, plus certain emails. I am not sure what set this off, some had suggested previous legal action by these Pastors against the City of Houston pertaining to the HERO Law (Human Equal Rights Law), a law that would give special rights to those who practice deviant sexual relations.
I understand the Constitutional aspects of the issue, but I also understand the Biblical response that those who name the Name of Christ ought to be displaying. What did Jesus say about how we should react towards those who hate us, despise us, mistreat us, or even persecute us? I've read many hateful comments aimed at the Mayor of Houston, and the Holy Spirit told me to rebuke the people for piling evil upon evil, when God said to "overcome evil with good!"
I'm going to let God's Word speak for itself, this is how Jesus would respond!
Matthew 5 : 9-11 - " Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…
Luke 6:35 - "Love your enemies! Do good to them."
Luke 6:27 - "But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,"
Matt. 5:44 - "But I say to you, love your enemies and bless the one who curses you, and do what is beautiful to the one who hates you, and pray over those who take you by force and persecute you."
1 Peter 3:9 - "And you should not repay a person evil for evil, neither insults for insults; but to the contrary of these things, give blessings, for you are called to this, that you would inherit blessing."
Romans 12:14 - "Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse."
Talk about counter-culture! This is not only counter culture but counter natural human nature itself!
If even half the professing so-called Church-going Christians would obey God's Word, and Do what it say's and not just listen to it and agree with it, our society would be transformed by the Power of God. Those who walk in the Spirit of God have the power within them to overcome the natural impulses of their flesh, and rise above it to respond in a Christ-like fashion.
We are supposed to be the Salt and Light in this culture, and I wonder sometimes is most of the saltiness is gone from the American Church? In Luke 10:3 God say's to us “Go; behold, I am sending you as sheep among wolves.”. We all know that wolves eat sheep, but Christ was a lamb sent too us for us, that we might see His example, and follow it.
Matt 10:16 -......... be therefore crafty as snakes and innocent as doves.”
In other words we are too be subtle, prudent, yet simple people. Innocent and above reproach. We are living in perilous times. Let your response to the Mayor of Houston be filled with the Grace of our Lord, so that we may not appear as a bunch of hateful Bible thumpers, but as people who love God and show forth his love even in the face of opposition. We can respectfully disagree with her without being rude, and abusive. We must let our light shine forth among men so they will know we are true children of God.
Jesus would call her to repent and believe the Gospel, and we should do the same, but we are too speak it in love, not in condemnation. Homosexuality is no worse a sin or abomination than adulterery, fornication, lying, stealing, etc, We all sinned many times over, but there is a difference because who are in Christ have been freely justified by faith, and God no longer holds our sins against us.
The potential of the rapture occurring in the near future is NO excuse to be lazy, or not to obey the Word of God. We are not people who just hear the Word of the Lord, but act upon it, live it out on a daily basis as we walk humbly before our God. In closing let me share one more verse of Scripture with you I hope will bless you and cause you to be all the more filled with the Grace of God.
Philippians 2:15 - "so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world."