You Might Need A Homeless Friend

After much discussion with several of my Christian friends concerning my previous post

(What If The Apostle Paul Was Gay)

, I realized, that my understanding might differ significantly from theirs because I actually have, and always have had, friendships/relationship with people who are gay.  When you take real human beings out of the equation, it’s very hard to speak into a situation which intimately involves real human beings.

All too often, we want to address people issues on an intellectual level without actually involving real life people in the equation.


What If The Apostle Paul Were Gay

In recent debates, I have found myself going toe to toe with my fellow Christian concerning their view, or more precisely, their approach on the homosexuality issue.  In response, I’ve written the following:

Christians don’t have the privilege of hate.  Sure, we fall back on that, “hate the sin, love the sinner!” thing.  But that’s part of the problem.  We want to qualify our token love for people so we can focus the bulk of our energy on why we hate sin.  In fact, all too often, we make the definition of sin our end game.

Recent discussion on homosexuality and the comments of Phil Robertson have revealed to many that I don’t take a traditional-churchy stand on the issue.  I believe my stand is Biblical, but my approach is different.  For many, the end game of the topic is simply the definition of sin.  I think many Christians consider gay people a lost cause.  Instead of first approaching lost people who need the healing and salvation which is found in our gospel… we jump straight to the sin.  We say, “I don’t agree.”  We say, “Our values must be protected.”  We say, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.”  Problem is, we aren’t loving the sinner.  We expect unredeemed people to understand a spiritually discerned truth.  We argue and debate on the issue with people who have no real basis of even understanding our Truth.


Rapture Believing Fundies

Rapture:  F

rom the Latin ‘rapturo’

Is it in the Bible?  Yes.  It is how Jerome translated the Greek word harpazo.  Harpzo means ‘caught up’.

The most direct usage is from:

1 Thessalonians 4:17 (ESV)

Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Some Christians debate on the timing of this harpazo event.

Most Christians debate on whether there is, or is not such a thing as the harpzo.

Believe it or not, most folks in the church don’t believe in this event.  They claim that a guy named John Darby invented it in 1830.

They believe that the tribulation events described in the Bible happened historically and were wrapped up by 70 AD.  In that time period, under the persecution of the Romans, an unmatched tribulation occurred.


For The Preachers Who Have It All Figured Out

Sometimes when you talk to people with no outward display of faith, they respond with offense, claiming that their religious life is a private thing.  Sometimes they express an indignant attitude.  It’s as if you asked them about their herpes or why they are on the registered sex offender list.

“How dare you ask me if I have faith!  It’s a private thing!  It’s none of your business!”

I can understand that.  If you have no real system of faith, then faith is the most uncomfortable thing to talk about.

Over the years, I’ve come up against this kind of response in ways that I don’t really understand.