Homosexual marriage has been approved by the Supreme Court, and Christians are in an uproar. Every time there’s a disaster, certain religious leaders blame it on homosexuality. Some compare what is goingIMG_0432 on in the United States to Sodom and Gomorrah. They warn that if homosexuality continues, God will destroy us like he did these two cities.

But is homosexuality really why Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed?

Most people begin the tale at the angels visiting Lot in Sodom. However, the story begins before then, with a meeting between the Lord and Abraham. Begin reading at Genesis 18:20 to get the full story. God warned Abraham that He planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the wickedness. However, Abraham tried to intercede for them. In Genesis 18:32, Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten [righteous people] are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

Did you get that?

God could not find ten righteous people in Sodom or Gomorrah, so he destroyed them. When the story first begins, God was going to annihilate the towns because of wickedness. In the end, He sent disaster upon these cities because of his followers. Or lack thereof. It’s like God destroying Jacksonville, Florida because there aren’t ten true Christians.

Okay, homosexuals might not be living God’s word, but how many Christians actually are? The divorce fifty-shades-of-grey-trilogyrate among church goers is equal to that of non-church goers, porn addiction among men and women (yes erotica is porn) is rampant in the church. There are children born out of wedlock, fornication, drug addiction, and the list goes on.

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Christians need to face the facts. Homosexual marriage is the outcome of Christians not behaving like Christians. – K. Bain

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We are quick to point to the wrongs in the outside world when the decay of morals in this country begins with the church. People attend on Sunday and leave Jesus to keep their seat warm until the next week.work

We tell our children to believe in Jesus, then don’t show them how. We can’t expect our kids to be truthful if we call in sick to work when we really just want a day off.
You want to save this country? Stop blaming outside forces and look in the mirror. We, as Christians, must live a Christian life. The best way to do this is to read your Bible, and then do, or not do, what God says.

Our actions are speaking louder to God than any homosexual decision by the Supreme Court. And until Christians realize they are the problem, there will never be a solution.

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I’ve never given much thought to the Confederate flag except to say, “You lost. Get over it.” That was until my minister spoke a bit about it because of the tragedy in North Carolina. He asked everyone in the building with the Confederate flag to remove it from their car. He said that as a Christian, you shouldn’t africanslaves-1want to display something that to so many people see as a memory of hatred.

While some Southerners see the flag as their heritage, most black people are reminded of a time of slavery and segregation. And that is not a symbol that we, as Christians, should be advertising. Our goal should be to promote the glory of Jesus Christ.

John 13:35 states, By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. You cannot be promoting the word of God if you do not love. And if you continue to have symbols of hate, then you cannot possibly love the people your symbol hates.

I assure you, most people who fly the flag are not racist. You see the flag as a symbol of your heritage. Just how familiar are you with this heritage?

Confederate flagThe flag we call the Confederate flag today is actually the Confederate Navy Jack. So unless you had a forefather in the Confederate Navy, this is not your heritage. To the left is the original Confederate flag.

 

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Maybe we’ve been brainwashed by 130 years of Yankee history, but Southern identity now has more to do with food, accents, manners, music than the Confederate past. It’s something that’s open to both races, a variety of ethnic groups and people who move here. – John Sheldon Reed

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The Confederate flag of today has become the symbol of Southern pride. However, this particular flag has a unique history of its own.

After the Civil War, the use of the Confederate Navy Jack flag virtually disappeared until 1948 when a group called the Dixiecrats began to use it. The Dixiecrats were democrats who left the party because of its stance on desegregation and civil rights.

In the 1950’s, the “current” Confederate flag was taken up by the Ku Klux Klan or KKK and is still used by this group today.

Your Confederate flag has been used by these two groups to promote hatred longer than the Confederacy existed. So answer me one question. When you say it’s about your heritage, exactly which heritage are you promoting?

Symbols can be dangerous, especially if you’re a Christian. We need consider what we are advertising. It’s not for me to decide if your “symbol” is showing the Christian image you want to portray. That is a decision between you and the Lord. Pray about it and listen for an answer. Even if it’s not the one you want to hear.

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