It seems there has been a lot of dust stirred up by a recent lengthy article in the Chattanooga paper. I do not want to comment on the motivation behind such an article. Nor do I want to assess whether it was fairly written. I do want to express how much I hurt for the father in the story. Being a father of two boys myself, I cannot imagine the pain he felt at the premature loss of his son. The only one who could understand is someone who has lost a child in death. I know One who certainly understands his pain.
My issue is that I believe we have missed the greater truth. I know love was used several times in the article as well as the reader's responses to the article. Isn't the greatest love we may show toward another human being is directing them to the One who holds the keys to life's greatest question? How do I secure life beyond this brief existence on earth. That was the essence of the greatest expression of love in all man's history.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Sure God loves gays, lesbians and the transgendered. He loved them enough to die for them.
Sure God loves greedy TV evangelists, gluttonous preachers and self righteous church goers. He loved them enough to die for them.
All the rhetoric about lifestyle is a distraction from the real issue. The reality is: "The man who is born of woman is of a few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away." Job 14: 1 - 2
"For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." James 4:14
As long as we allow the media to distract the church from our real calling, which is to point people to Christ, we will continually be chasing after the wind. We are not free to define or redefine the meaning of sin. Our job is not curse the darkness, but to allow the light of Christ within us to dispel it.