As a pastor, I’m privileged to be a part of great moments in the lives of people. But I also get a front row seat to the pain of life. Much of it caused by people trying to break God’s laws. Instead, they end up breaking themselves against them.
Today we face an all-out assault on the sacred. We are trying to re-define life, sexuality, marriage and gender and we don’t have the jurisdiction to do so. Essence is in the hand of the Creator, not the created. “Aren’t you being judgmental?” some may ask. Yes, I am. We should judge rightly. Why? Not everything is the same! Some things are better than others. Some decisions bring life, some bring death, and smart people can tell the difference! Aren’t you bigoted? I’m bigoted against the sin that kills, steals and destroys people so insidiously it often does so with the victim as its accomplice. I see a steady stream of victims every week, not to mention my own failings.
One of the most dangerous parts of being human is our tendency to resist God’s design for life and our capacity to justify it. We tell ourselves we are liberated as we ignore the shackles on our souls and the destruction this brings to our homes and cities.
Since the garden, we have wanted what we cannot have. God so graciously gives us so many wonderful gifts, and he guards and preserves them with sacredness. When we subdue the guard, we run into a flaming sword. We fight with our rebel hearts trying to be the god of all instead of living under the Sovereign as his delegates. We want not only to name the animals, we want to name everything. In the process, we desacralize humanity, sexuality, family, and worship, calling evil good and good evil. Thinking we are gods we have crafted our wax wings and flown too close to the sun, we are now in free-fall cursing God for the gravity that once held us secure but now is our enemy.
In Christ’s church, all sinners are welcome, but we are not welcome to stay the way we are. Jesus loves us the way we are, but he loves us too much to keep us the way we are. He is too wise to be fooled by our attempts to baptize and rationalize our sins. He came to give us life to the fullest, and he is fierce in his hatred against anything that would look to steal destiny and purpose from his beloved.
How then should we live? The church must live out her purpose. She must run to the altar get some fire and then run to the darkness to stand between the living and the dead. Sin breaks things, it causes problems. We must hear from God, align our own lives by His leading then minister in the places of brokenness with the mercy and truth of God.
If the church does that, she will always have a voice.