As I look out into this world and see how people live—I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m a little jealous. Here’s this person who lives their life the way they want to. They don’t worry about what other people believe. They don’t concern themselves so much with the morality of their decisions. As long as they’re not hurting anyone else, they can do whatever they want.
And then there’s me. The decisions I make are important because they reflect the attitude of my heart. How I treat others matters because each person is a precious soul. I want to protect the things God wants to protect. I am concerned that people believe in Jesus as their Savior. And you probably feel much the same way.
And I think the reason I sometimes feel jealous is because right now God and his word and those who follow it are getting pushed to the edge. The courts weighed in on the issue of gay marriage 3 years ago. But the court of human opinion decided in favor of it long before. And here we are, holding our Bibles and saying it’s wrong because God says it’s wrong. The court of human opinion says that it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not. And here we are holding our Bibles. The court of human opinion says it’s foolish to believe that there is one guiding truth that governs the entire universe. And here we are…on trial.
We are on trial, but it’s really for our own good. I know it doesn’t feel that way. Believe me, when I read in the newspaper how some people call our church body bigoted and homophobic—it doesn’t feel good. But being on trial before the world is really a good thing for us because it teaches us perseverance. The Holy Spirit wants you and me to learn perseverance through the trial of life. This trial completes our faith and it leads us to eternal life. James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
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