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The Kingdom Way – Godly Principles for Responding to Homosexuality + Controversy + Sin In Our Generation

I didn’t want to write this.

Up till now, I have kept my beliefs (fervent as they are) private. Over the past few years, social media has become a marketplace of loud opinions + churlish bickering, and I’ve preferred to stay well away from the mess.

It disturbs my heart to see the righteous indignation + hostile aggression on both sides (who, ironically, profess similarly to advocate love), and the thought of adding my voice to that cacophony is, honestly, abhorrent to my soul.

But here’s the game-changer: The Lord has increased the burden in my heart. He has been telling me how He wants His ambassadors to respond in these last days, and it is a message I must put down in writing.

I am a firm believer that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” but I think that good men need wisdom to do the things so that we bring light + peace, not more chaos, into the darkness.

What follows here are guidelines, not a list of Do’s and Don’ts. God always addresses the heart first because when the heart is postured right, the right acts will follow.

The Kingdom of God is this – a Kingdom.

A Kingdom is defined as a people submitted to one ruler and governed by a set of regulations/culture specific to that realm.

Now we know that we (believers) are that people, and we’re submitted to our ruler Jesus Christ. But I think we need to have more conversations about the culture of the realm we are living in.

Principle #1: See With Vision

Jesus came for one purpose: To restore mankind to the fullness of what God created them for.

We need to have sight that cuts through the way things appear to see as God sees. To see things and people as they truly are. Because unless that happens, we cannot see past the sin and into the deep souls; to understand their past and call out their future.

We need to simultaneously have hearts that feel the present pain + eyes that see the future hope. People living in sin often know that they are but haven’t the strength to get out, or they’ve given up because everyone else has given up on them. Usually, they have hidden pain in their hearts that keep them trapped in a vicious cycle.

The world is hurting and doesn’t need us to point out that it is. What it needs from us is Vision. For the children of God to arise and say, “I see where you are now, but I also see who you were meant to be. I’m going to keep calling out your destiny until beauty rises up from the ashes.”

Because you see, faith empowers but fear paralyses. We cannot demand change. We can only inspire it.

Principle #2: Speak With Wisdom

If we could hear the sound of heaven responding to earth today, what would it say? We live in a world that is hungry for God’s answers, though it isn’t aware of its need yet, and I believe that the world needs the children of God to arise and answer its bewildered cries (Romans 8:19).

But we need wisdom.

We don’t rush into the fray, all guns blazing. We’re citizens of a Kingdom, not vagabond hirelings – there are rules of combat, and we must wait for our commander’s orders.

There are times that the Lord gives us a burden for a particular issue, but it could take years before He finally says, “Speak”. Most times, He wants us to first partner with Jesus in intercession. When we intercede with Jesus the great Intercessor, our hearts slowly get aligned with His. As our hearts become postured right, when the time comes to speak, we will do so with the right spirit. Believe me, the years of public silence + secret intercession will not be wasted.

Because on our own, our words hold no power to change lives. But when we speak His words, a great impartation of His love, empowerment, and healing will flow into the hearts and minds of those to whom we speak.

Principle #3: Serve With Compassion

We’re called to serve. Not lord over others with righteous spirituality.

Some good questions to ask ourselves before we post a rant or theologically-sound argument (by the way, God says that if it is not done in love, it counts as nothing in heaven) on Facebook or Twitter:

  • Do these words serve + build, or do they tear down?
  • Is this said out of faith or fear?
  • Will these words convict or condemn? Conviction empowers, condemnation cripples.
  • Am I a being a light or stumbling block?
  • Do my words represent the character of Jesus?
  • Is this said out of love or pride?
  • Is this coming from my flesh or the Spirit?

We will never change anyone’s mind by how much we know or how right we are. We only push them away and create walls that way.

Jesus came to serve. His kindness led many to repentance. Maybe if we began to live like Jesus – serving the sinners by binding up their broken hearts, healing their wounds, setting them free from bondage – we’d see many more entering the Kingdom than we do now.

Principle #4: Stand Without Compromise

I kept this for last because we need to have the right heart to do this last one well.

We must stand firm on the Truth no matter how unpopular or offensive it is to the world. It wasn’t a socially relevant man who saved the world; it was a holy, pure, blameless man. The gospel is offensive because it believes in us + calls us to that higher standard more than we believe in ourselves.

The Bible is the foundation, and all truth that contradicts it is not truth.

A time is coming when the Bride will have to acknowledge Jesus publicly. That is where wedding vows are said, aren’t they, publicly? The day is coming when the Church will be made to stand in public and speak about God. This will happen in 2 ways –

  • Sharing publicly about God through media. This is a social media generation, and so much negativity is going around the world wide web. But we are living in a time where the power of God is going to work in and through us to show the world the glory and the greatness of God.  Then we need to make a choice – acknowledge God publicly, or not?  To do so would welcome mockery, cynicism, rejection from our friends… to not do so is to reject the Bridegroom standing before us at the altar.
  • Persecution, where our allegiance will be tested. Will we choose to publicly acknowledge Jesus, even when it gets dangerous to do so?

Luke 12: 8-11 says, “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

These circumstances sound bleak, but Jesus tells us not to worry. At the right time, Holy Spirit will tell us what to say (Read more about Holy Spirit’s role in preparing the Bride here). He is our guide, teacher, comforter, and helper – He will never leave us nor forsake us.

  • KimberlyJuly 1, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    Sam,

    This is such a Spirit-Filled word in season. Thanks for your candor and grace in speaking truth. These words were GOD words. May we gain true Vision to see the way God sees. Praise God for using you to Speak up, dear sis. Continue to let Him use you.ReplyCancel

  • Rene DJuly 1, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    Oh how all of this is So true!! I find that I am more and more sad as the recent events come upon the world. Someone asked “why are Christians being so quiet about what’s going on in the world today” … I stand firm in my beliefs (and cry for the world), yet I try to walk in love hoping to win more people over to Christ. Now is the time for all us Christians to take a stand, yet do it in love 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AndreaJuly 1, 2015 - 11:43 pm

    all about standing up for our faith – ‘specially these days…ReplyCancel

  • ChristinaJuly 2, 2015 - 4:30 am

    Samantha, thank you for your post on this topic! We need the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit to help us.ReplyCancel

  • ShelleyJuly 2, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Such a great message! Thank you for sharing this and for the wonderful reminders!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaJuly 2, 2015 - 10:14 am

    we must not give up!ReplyCancel

  • EmeraldJuly 2, 2015 - 11:12 am

    Completely agree! Loved this!ReplyCancel

  • AngieJuly 2, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    I have similar stirrings growing in my own heart. Believers should be responding in love and truth – but most importantly we should be responding, not sitting idly by! Believers ought to be sickened by the current state of the world, of the prevalent celebration of sin, the outright mockery of God’s creation. Keep speaking the truth in love, dear sister!ReplyCancel

  • VictoriaJuly 2, 2015 - 5:09 pm

    Sam, I’ve been reading quite a bunch of post on the issue the past week. This is by far the one that has build me up the most! specially the “see with vision” is one that I have not come across in any post (nor my own thoughts!). Thanks for sharing. I love how you confront with tenderness.
    Big hug from BCN
    /V.ReplyCancel

  • T AustinJuly 2, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    I love how your message is still about love. At the end of the day, we are not called to judge one another based on our beliefs. We are called to love each other through it all.ReplyCancel

  • GinaJuly 2, 2015 - 9:41 pm

    Beautifully written. As Christians we certainly don’t have to agree with other’s beliefs or actions, but we are called to love the person and show Christ’s love to all. Thanks for writing this!ReplyCancel

  • MelanieJuly 2, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    Very wise words. Thank you for this post.ReplyCancel

  • HannahJuly 2, 2015 - 10:04 pm

    Hi there, please don’t read this as me attacking your point of view, but…aren’t there a lot of things that are written in the bible that modern Christians don’t adhere to? For example, eating pork and shellfish? I know that the Bible is supposed to be the unadulterated word of God, but it seems very clear that it was written by people and reflects the time in which they lived. I want to reignite my personal relationship with Jesus but find it very difficult when the party line seems so contrary to the progress of certain humans’ rights.ReplyCancel

  • Clare SpeerJuly 3, 2015 - 3:27 am

    You handled this post and this wisdom with such grace and “tastefully” – blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi @ penguinsinpink.comJuly 3, 2015 - 7:06 am

    Samantha, This is beautifully written. As Christians we need to stand up for our beliefs but do so with love, tact, respect, and the Holy Spirit. I loved how your post embodied all of that.ReplyCancel

  • MarieJuly 3, 2015 - 8:17 am

    We do need to stand up, stand strong and faithfully represent Christ. And we need to do so with Love, just like Christ did.

    Keep standing

    @spreadingJOYReplyCancel

  • Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com)July 3, 2015 - 9:03 am

    What a wonderfully thought out collection of thoughts and beliefs… Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂 – Jerusha, THeDisneyChef.comReplyCancel

  • ChariJuly 4, 2015 - 4:15 am

    I have many different thoughts on this subject and thank you so much for this spirit filled perspective! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • ChariJuly 4, 2015 - 4:17 am

    I have many different thoughts on this subject and thank you so much for this spirit filled perspective! God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • TerriJuly 6, 2015 - 10:12 am

    I to have kept my comments to my self on this topic, because I know Jesus would not bring anyone down, of course he don’t like the sin but he does love the personReplyCancel

  • AndiJuly 6, 2015 - 5:43 pm

    and pray pray pray for salvation!ReplyCancel

  • You know, as a passionate Christian, the recent events have had me struggling to write my feelings. I wrote an intensely passionate and researched post about LGBTQ issues right before the SCOTUS decision, but it didn’t gel, I couldn’t explain it, but it was like God was saying, No. Not that anything I was saying wrong, but that He didn’t want me to say it. Now I have this relatively polished piece, but God put a different approach on my heart. What pushed me to change? What drew me to Christ? Tell that story. So I did. I agree we need to stand up for our faith and it is becoming increasingly dangerous to do so, but for me, I felt like my purpose was to invite those feeling lost to come with me. God will convict them of their sins if they accept His invitation. He might use me to do that, but a lot of people have said good, right, meaningful Biblical responses, but none of them could tell my story.ReplyCancel

  • LauraJuly 7, 2015 - 10:56 am

    While our views are not the same on this topic, I do appreciate your encouragement to put love before pride and to always attempt to build people up rather than tear them down. Amen to that!ReplyCancel

  • JenJuly 7, 2015 - 11:24 am

    I truly appreciate your call for balance on recent issues. Yes, stand firm in the faith, but let’s not bulldoze over others in our rush to do so. Let’s not remain silent, but speak truth graciously. I don’t believe it has to be either/or as the world would have us think.
    Jen 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DanielleNovember 5, 2015 - 10:05 pm

    I really appreciated this blog post! Balance in our response to things we have a problem with isn’t something that is often found! I want to share this in my weekly series called “Roll Out The Red Carpet Thursday” – I share bloggers’ amazing posts that I’ve found during the week. I hope that’ ok! Have a wonderful day! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • FaithMay 17, 2016 - 9:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. This is incredibly Scriptural – truth in love. I appreciate the encouragement to public silence and private intercession until God tells us to speak.ReplyCancel

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