April 21, 2013

Letter: Did God get it wrong?

On a mountainside Jesus sat down to teach his disciples how to live. Through parables and straight talk, he walked them through what was expected of them, even though he knew they would fail again and again. That’s the way of Christianity; we try, we fail, we ask for forgiveness and guidance, and try again.

In those lessons Jesus said that one day many people will stand before him and say, “Lord, Lord …” and he will answer, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:22, 23) I always wondered what would prompt him to say that, but as I read what is going on in the world today I am beginning to understand.

So many people begin their statements with the proclamation “I am a Christian,” but then accept what Jesus taught against. I can’t find anywhere in his teaching where murder is acceptable; yet many contend that abortion, which stops a beating heart, is just a lifestyle choice. A Florida Planned Parenthood spokesperson suggested that state legislators allow doctors to perform “post-birth abortions.” In plain English she was asking legal permission to deny care to babies that survive abortions.

After decades of trying, gays and lesbians have convinced much of the population, including some preachers and theologians, that God made them that way, and psychiatrists agree. Those who don’t affirm homosexuality as a “normal” lifestyle worthy of marriage are judged to be hateful, bigoted Bible-thumpers who want to deny them happiness and equality. Interestingly, psychiatrists also say that pedophiles are “born that way,” but they are locked up just as sodomites once were. Will someone demand happiness and legal equality for them? If marriage is based on “who you love and who loves you back” (Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.), are polygamy and incest next? As marriage is being redefined, there is no logical stopping point.

What we’re facing today is a growing number of people who think God got it wrong, so they invent new rules. Our nation is coming apart at the seams morally, culturally and spiritually. I think Paul knew what was coming when he wrote to Timothy: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3)

Ina Fay Manly



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