On a motorcycle ride down the Gulf Coast this morning, I was pondering the national news events of the past week. Here is the conclusion I came to for me.
I am a Christian who believes the Bible is the very Word of God. I believe it is my place to humble myself and allow the Bible to show me what God has revealed to me about Him. If I go to Scripture to attempt to validate what I have already chosen to believe, I put myself in the place of God. So here is what I gleaned for me today.
The Bible teaches each person will give an account for himself or herself before God one day. That means, I need to do my best to surrender to the will of God for my life, seeking to know what it is and then have the power to carry it out. That means my primary task is to make certain I am right with God. That I have peace with Him. That I deal with my own junk and make things right as quickly as possible. I need to be in such a surrendered state that His Spirit’s fruit is the dominant traits in my life. That means when you see me and I am in a right frame of mind, my life should be dominated by love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Bible tells me to live at peace with all people as much as it is possible from my side. It also tells me to keep Christ in His rightful place in my life and be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within me. I am taught to love God, love my neighbors, and even love my enemies.
When I read that paragraph and stay focused on what is my responsibility before God, what I will answer for, it dawns on me, I don’t need to have an opinion on anything homosexual because, that isn’t my battle to fight. I’m not gay. I’m not doing weddings, it is outside of my circle of responsibility. My place is to treat people with love and respect no matter who they are or what they profess themselves to be.
Though I live in the south, I was born in the north. I have no allegiance to the confederate flag and therefore it is outside my circle of responsibility. Only those who have that flag flying in their yard need to make a choice what they will do. Only those who feel they are gay need to deal with what their responsibility is toward God. All of us have our own host of issues to deal with.
I have enough on my own plate to take care of without worrying about what everyone else in the world is doing. The only thing God may want to know from me on the Gay issue is how did I treat people He brought into my life who are gay. He may ask if I was a peacemaker or a pot-stirrer.
I know for me personally, I have no peace when I think somehow I am responsible for world events. I believe firmly two things. There is a God to whom I will answer and I am not Him.
I agree, taking care of myself is more than enough!