I am alive and surgery went well, so thanks to all who prayed. I am making a fast recovery and feel blessed and healed by God. With my downtime, I am reading and preparing for the next semester of learning while enjoying the quiet.
I have been feeling directionless lately. I think many have that feeling from time to time, so I do not consider it out of the ordinary. I started rereading my Spiritual Formation book and getting back to basics. It is so easy for Christians to get caught up living the secular life that the spiritual life is not supported like it should be. I am relearning my meditation and devotional practices and expect to return more focused and centered in God.
One of the things I get lost on is what to write. I have plenty of ideas about what I should say, but I am not sure what the motivations for those are. John Shore wrote a new book in which he supports homosexuality in the church. There is supposed to be a great chapter at the end of the book that takes scripture and supports his position, but I have seen similar support from other fronts and they are scripturally lacking. I wouldn’t mind the push for a more compassionate treatment to those who are homosexual if it was not paired with the attempt to make Christianity support that sexual orientation. It doesn’t and will not unless you try and change scripture and add current moral viewpoints into your interpretations.
I do not want to attack or make every post about homosexuality in the church since there are so many things that the church actually needs to address, but I feel like I need to defend the position that changing scripture to make people feel good is not what Christianity is about. I do have compassion for those who are struggling with acceptance, but saying it is not sinful is not doing them any service. Why lead them astray so the physical life seems better to them but risk the spiritual life which continues on after death? That is not love.
I guess I will start writing more about the things that just move me as I am researching other areas. I still feel pushed to write about salvation and what it is, but these other distractions need to be addressed to. It is out of love that I am concerned about the eternal life and I would rather that people would deny their physical wants if they are contrary to what God wants for people.
Being a Christian and accepting Jesus is not about making our lives better or about giving us moral direction in how we live our lives. Being saved means that we lay down our old life. We lay down those old wants and desires and we live the life that God has given us. We are to live the life that God leads us to live. This means that there will be times when we are not allowed to do what we want or what we desire doing. This is the hardest things for those who are Christians to accept, but it is the most basic of principles. We are actually leading people astray when we pervert the Word of God and tell people that they can do whatever feels good and natural to them.