Friday, July 17, 2015

Can I love God and my same sex partner at the same time?? The truth about same-sex marriage...

Many of us have gone (some still going) through countless emotions as it relates to the decisions that are being made all across America, but in order for us to remain in a place of love, peace and tranquility, we have to understand that we don't belong to this world. Like many of you, I became outraged at the fact the house passed a constitutional law regarding same sex marriage. I was like how could they knowing what the word of God says.  As I went through my emotional moments, God had to remind me that this world does not belong to me. (1 Peter 2:11-12 “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrive)The Message Bible.  The laws and policies that are passed by way of the house are in favor of “all people” as it is the constitution not Christianity.  When they go into their chambers to deliberate and debate what is what; they are not debating scriptures.  They are not researching Christianity to see what God has to say about anything.  Why? Because the purpose of them passing a law is to please people, not to please God!  So in turn, I was an error of being upset at the world for simply doing what it does. I would like to expound and say that differences do not give us the right to hate people or their decisions; we hate what God hate which is sin, but not the person.  At no given time should we display hatred toward others for their life and relationship decisions. Remember, we are Christ followers and the only way people will know and understand the God we brag and boast about all the time is how we treat one another – not how much we shout, jump; hop and holla.

(photo credit to Kel of Kel B Pics Photography)

This world is ran and orchestrated by its prince, the devil, so we can't expect as believers for the decisions and politics to line up with our faith, beliefs or understanding. In doing so we only set ourselves up for failure, disappointment and frustration when we (Christians) don’t get our way. If the truth be told, the world’s way is not our way.  Yes, we live in this world, but we are not of this world (John 17:16). Yes, we obey the laws of the land, but we do not have to compromise our morals, values or beliefs for the sake of obedience.  Our stance is our stance and its uncompromised regardless how many laws are passed!  In fact, when it comes to a point where obeying the land causes you to compromise God; an immediate barrier/line should be drawn. 

(photo credit to Kel of Kel B Pics Photography)

During my studies in the book of John Chapter 15 it makes it very clear that the world hated Jesus and the Father first, so in knowing that truth, if the world hated Him it will also hate you.  If the world ostracized Him it will also ostracize you. I think if we keep that in the forefront of our minds, the less disappointed and discouraged we will become because we understand that the world does not belong to us, this is just a dwelling place until we cross over into our promised place. Heaven belongs to us and there we shall rule and reign and be able to make decisions that are in line with the Word of God. If this is you and you are struggling with emotions of anger, hatred and bitterness or whatever because of the world’s system …..I encourage you to release it and let it go understanding that this is not your battle and this is not your home...the decisions and laws will never be suitable for believers or live up to our standards and it's ok because we are just visitors in a foreign land!!!! 1 Chronicles 29:15 “We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope” The Message Bible.

There will come a time where we won't have access to the word (bibles etc) and it began when prayer was taken out of our schools.  What is going on today is just an extension to what is to come as prophecy is fulfilled. We won't be able to display our love for Christ through free worship etc John 4:21; John 16.  The only way we will be able to sustain is to hide the word of God in our heart (Psalms 119:11). That is why studying the word daily is so crucial; Deut 11:18. We have to go

beyond reading a scripture per day, and become more intentional about getting the word in you (rooted and grounded). So in my conclusion, during our stay here in this foreign land; love what God loves and hate what God hates.  Allow the love of God to explode through your loins by how you treat others regardless of how different they are and even if you don’t agree with their decisions or lifestyle.  It isn’t about winning people over to like and appease you, but it’s all about winning people over to love our God, our Creator and our Father.  The best gift you can give even when you feel someone doesn’t deserve it is to simply love them by displaying God’s love through you.

Love you sis,
Treal Ravenel

(photo credit to Kel of Kel B Pics Photography)

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