In yesterday's sermon we read two sentences in Luke's gospel that have stuck with me like a late night banana split. This two sentence, twenty-four word collection of truth invites us to ponder how little things change when it comes to us humans. In Luke 19:42 Jesus looks over the city and laments, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that makes for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes." Because we continue to not know what makes for peace we continue to use defective means to establish it.
Take for example the latest dust up out of Indiana. That state had the audacity to pass a Religious Freedom Act which means that people of faith who own a business can exercise their freedom to deny business to customers when it violates their religious convictions. There is no discrimination involved, just the freedom of having convictions which are based on religious beliefs. However, for our truthless and toothless culture having religious convictions is “discriminatory.” Apparently you can have any conviction you want as long as it is not attached to a religious belief.
Beloved, take a few steps back and see the big picture and you will easily see that the moral fiber of our country is eroding to the point that the only people who are allowed to act on their “convictions” are gays and lesbians. The gay and lesbian community has become a trojan horse that everybody rolls out to advance their cause, grab headlines or as a litmus test for their agenda. We’ve believed the lie that you can legislate morality which means we believe that you can take an external law and change the internal condition of a persons heart. That, my friends, is not what makes for peace. Never has been, never will be. As the Bible told us yesterday, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” If the sinful lifestyle (yes, it is a sin) of the gay and lesbian community is so “okay” then why do we need so many laws to govern it?
Jesus came into our world, lived a sinless life, sacrificed Himself for our sins (all of them) and rose on the third day so we could have peace. Any other attempt to make peace is worthy of our tears.
Five days and counting,