Speaking Truth in the Comments


I don’t usually read this kind of drivel. I’m not even sure why it popped up in my newsfeed. I think some friend of a Facebook friend liked it, so there is was, squished right between cute baby pictures and heart warming anecdotes.

This article. I’m not really going to recommend you read it. I can give it to you in the short version.

Two homosexual men are raising three kids together.
People are either extremely disgusted, outraged and offended, OR they are enamored, moved to tears, and over joyed at their courage to stand for what’s right.

The story isn’t really much of a story at all. What grabbed my attention was the comment section. It was heart-breaking.

"I would think God would be more than happy that those three children are getting to grow up in a loving home with two loving dads. But whatever.. the bible thrubbers will say what that say and continue to propagate their hateful lashing out at anything that does not fit into their pretty little boxes of right and wrong in their eyes."

"We all have opinions and that's what they are opinions but theses three kids Are healthy, happy and truly loved. That alone is a TRUE BLESSING!”

"Okay so I'm a Christian and the comments I see on here are sad. You sin everyday but do we criticize you and your lifestyle? I'm Not married but I do have a son but my boyfriend plan on on getting married. Our lord and savior Jesus Christ judges not you. They probably repent and worship the lord. But if they don't... Who are you to judge.”

"For all you weak Christians. God gave us a book so we would know the judgment of God. It's called the bible. The bible tells us of God's judgment before we are judged... Now if you have a problem with this. Stop claiming to be a Christian...just shut up if you're not going to stand up for the word of God.”

“Look like a happy, intelligent, family...Keep up the good work, God is obviously BLESSING you.”

"God created a world of marvelous diversity and variance. There is SO much that's different, rare and amazing to know and explore. It's STUPID to believe, there's only ONE healthy sexual orientation. We ALL have one, just as we all have blood.”

They just kept coming. Line after line of deception, and sin.

I’m reminded of the verses in 1 Peter 2:7-8.
"Unto you therefore which believe he [Jesus] is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
All of these people are stumbling at the Word. 

There are those who outright live in disobedience. They don’t care about what the Bible says or who God is. The name of Jesus is just a rock in the way that needs to be dug up and rooted out of our culture. “Love” is the new god, and their version of love looks a lot like sin.

Then their are people who claim to be Christians, but they are far from Christ-like. They too stumble at the word. It’s simply a rock they can hurl at others, proving that they are somehow “holy”.  They lie about God. They don’t care what His Word says. They spew hate because it puffs their own ego. They don’t know what true love looks like because they don’t really know Jesus. All they know is condemnation and guilt and finger-pointing.

As I scrolled through the comments I wanted with all my heart to DO something. I wanted to defend my faith, to speak truth, to SHOUT about how GOD’S WORD IS TRUE!

Then I came to this comment. This is the one I responded too. I know nothing about the women who said it. I don’t know her heart or her mind or her soul. I simply know her name. Louise.

She wrote,

"GOD IS LOVE!! full-stop. period!!! i can just imagine some of your sin that GOD is right now judging you on! Let he who has no sin cast the first stone--- God is writing your sins in the sand as I type! It is so funny how we use GOD to spread hate---GOD IS LOVE in ALL it's forms!!!”

This is what I said.

"God is love, but you can't just stop at the period. "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." (1 John 4:8-9) God showed his love for us by sending Jesus to take the punishment for our sin. The sin of adultery, homosexuality, hate, bigotry, racism, selfishness, pride, all of it. THAT is the love of God. That he would willingly sacrifice his own life so I could live, no-good sinner that I am. God does love gay people. He loved them enough to die for them, and scripture teaches us that we can know that love ONLY if we turn from our sins and believe in Jesus. When you simply stop at the period you miss the most important part of the message. God is not love in all forms. He is love through Jesus.”

I don’t know if she’ll ever read it. If she does, I don’t know that she’ll care.

But it’s still the Truth. And in a world full of lies, its Good News.

Now if only they would hear. If only they would see. If only they would believe. 

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