That is so gay

Matt Westerhold
May 13, 2012

Excerpt from "Between the Lines" column in today's Sunday Register, May 13, 2012: And when they reach for the Bible and thump it out, I will think to myself the Jesus I know would never deny a person their full humanity, or treat them differently.

The Jesus I know and love would never say what you just said, but I do not know what Jesus would say in response to you.

And your words.  

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Phil Packer

 The word gay has picked up two extra meanings in my lifetime:

gay~happy, plus...                                                                                                                                                                   gay~homosexual, plus...                                                                                                                                                         gay~lame, bogus, uncool

Jesus is too busy healing fools to mess with semantics.

SAHM

AMEN! Original meaning trumps all!

Lightening McQueen

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Marcus M

Hey Matt where is the coverage of Nuesse's appeal being denied by the supreme court?  It was in the only real area newspaper, The Morning Journal, which I proudly subscribe to on Saturday....  If it was in your print edition I would not see it, wouldn't waste my money on this rag...

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Matt Westerhold

Thanks Marcus. That story was in the print edition last week. I'm not sure why it didn't get placed online at sanduskyregister.com. I'll see if I can track it down and post it. 

hilltop

So, what did Jesus Christ say about the Old Testament Law?

Matt 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." Jesus didn't "erase" God's Law. 

In John 8: 1-11, another story of Jesus, this time being confronted with sin . . . .

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Notice Jesus' admonition, "Go now and leave your life of sin."

We are all confronted and tempted by sin. Our human weakness does separate us from true rightousness, therefore separating us from God. Hence the sacrifice of Christ and the grace it bestows on us.

However, because of grace, we can't walk around teaching that sin is O.K. We don't have that right, and we should never lead others into sin.

Mark 9:42 Jesus states, "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck." 

While we are commanded to love, judgement is reserved for the Christ. By the Grace of Almighty God we are washed clean from our sin.

However, we must all understand that God will not be mocked.

6079 Smith W

@ hilltop:

"Adultery"?

To our modern mores, it's a pretty petty offense.

To the ancient Hebrews, adultery would be today's moral equivalence of child s*xual molestation.

Would Jesus forgive that?

Moral equivalencies must be considered.

 

hilltop

Well 6079 Smith W, I have yet to see the "Jesus Christ List of Forgiveness Exemptions."

Sin is sin, and only He can forgive. Personally, we are commanded to forgive those who have sinned against us. As Christians, we have been commanded to love. Judgement is His business. Repentance is ours.

As a side note to your comment, and something to consider, child abuse stops at the womb. It's O.K. to kill 'em before their born, but it's not O.K. to love 'em while they live.

I don't advocate any crimes against children, but abortion tops them all.