Don't Abandon Outrageous Yet Important Truths
- Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"Homosexuality is a perversion." Don't shy away from the vital truth that homosexuality is a distortion of God's plan for human sexuality. Mix tender love with hard truth whenever you deal with this volatile subject by emphasizing God's love for all people, even though He detests the sins that hurt them. Point out what the Bible says about homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments. Help them understand the importance of sexuality the way God designed it, and recognize that homosexuality is neither normal, nor healthy. Explain that no scientific tests have conclusively proved that people are born gay, and that even if some genetic predisposition were discovered, every human being inherits some tendencies toward sin. Help them realize that, just as an alcoholic is responsible for his or her actions even if predisposed toward alcoholism, so a homosexual is as well. Tell them stories of people who have successfully been healed from homosexual relationships and gone on to fruitful lives as heterosexuals.
"Husbands are to be the leaders of their families." Emphasize that submission is mutual because husbands and wives alike should submit every aspect of their lives to God first. Explain that God has created men and women to be equal, yet play different roles that complement each other in His design for creation. Help them understand that submission is based on God-given roles, not on inherent worth. Help them realize that submission is a voluntary decision of a faithful person who is committed to live in ways that please God and work best in marriage. A faithful husband steps up to his responsibilities to lead the family and love his wife sacrificially (and never exploiting her), while a faithful wife chooses to submit to her husband out of love and respect for God, because He has given her husband the position of head of the family. But a wife is free to refuse to submit if her husband asks her to do something that is contrary to God's Word. Explain that submission is a way of expressing love and working together for healthy marriage that draws upon each spouse's strengths.
"Evolution is a myth." Help people understand that evolution seeks to explain the process - not the timetable - for the origin of life. Help them recognize that the theory of evolution requires major changes between species (macroevolution, such as a monkey becoming a human being) - not just minor variations within species (microevolution, such as the development of a leg). Explain that while the evidence for microevolution if plentiful, the evidence for macroevolution is nonexistent. Help them realize that it actually takes more faith to believe that the incredibly complex life in our universe resulted from random chance than it does to believe in the biblical truth of divine design. Point out that the theory of evolution has no scientific explanation for important questions such as: "How did protein molecules assemble from amino acids?", "Since a living cell could not have evolved but requires all of its parts to be operational at once, how do you explain its origin?" and "Why is there no fossil evidence to unicellular creatures evolving into complex plants and animals?".
"America is a Christian nation." Encourage people to study the ideas and influences that shaped our Founding Fathers' thinking so they can recognize that the Bible played a crucial role in the formation of our government. Help people recognize the biblical principles so clearly and abundantly expressed in our nation's foundational documents, such as the Bill of Rights and many others. Explain that the concept of the separation of church and state originated for the purpose of protecting the church from the state - not to protect the state from the church. Help them learn how early government leaders wanted to ensure that the government did not corrupt the church, and that they were comfortable with the church's values guiding the government.
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