#lovewins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dear Readers,

It is out of sincere Love that we pen this letter to you. But why you may ask? Unless you’ve been totally detached from society, you now know that on Friday, June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that same-sex marriage could no longer be banned by states. Immediately after this anticipated decision, social media outlets blew up with many emotional posts. Some people were hurt, angry, sad, and grieved. Some people were happy, joyful, supportive, and showered the world with #lovewins.

As a ministry, our hearts were heavy; but probably not for the reason you would immediately expect. Yes, we believe the Holy Bible is God’s Word, and wholeheartedly believe that it is not just a “story.” We also believe that the Bible is clear on marriage being between husband and wife, and that’s what we teach. Now before you unsubscribe, kick us to the curb, or rebuke us, hear us out (however, it is your choice what you decide to do).

Our hearts were heavy from the negative responses which came from both sides; those who follow God’s Word, and those who do not; those who supported the Supreme Court decision and those who did not. Cognitively and purposefully, as a ministry, we don’t find ourselves jumping head first into political debates, we choose to be wise and respond as the Holy Spirit leads. Which brings us to why we write this letter; after seeing so much chaos, we could no longer be silent. We wanted to offer some encouragement to both sides.

To our fellow Bible-believing, God-loving, Christians, think hard on the scripture found in John 3:16, “for God so loved the world.” Every single one of us who are now followers of Christ, were once a part of the world. That means we were all in need of the Savior. Why is it that we quickly forget that the world still needs the Savior today? How is it that last Friday, many Christians began using the Holy Bible as a whip instead of a starting point to open discussion? Why is it that so many of us gave the Supreme Court so much authority over our emotions and actions, when we proclaim that God sits on the throne? Don’t get us wrong; we put our trust in the Father and His word, not the law, because we understand that societal laws will change, but our God won’t. This means that as Christians we can’t keep allowing what the world does to keep us in an emotional panic. Also, the passing of societal decrees doesn’t give us any right to treat others adversely because they may not hold to our same stance on issues.

Why is it that we quickly forgot the words found in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “there is nothing new under the sun?” Why is it that we quickly forgot the words found in Proverbs 14:34 “righteousness exalts a nation?”

Do you have to be in support of something that contradicts your spiritual beliefs? NO! But are you held responsible for modeling the response of Christ? YES! So fellow Christians, we have a question for you…before this Supreme Court decision, when was the last time you posted something on your social media sites regarding your spiritual beliefs about same-sex marriage? When was the last time you prayed for your nation, or for those hurting, seeking, or questioning? When was the last time you extended grace more than you extended your judgment? When was the last time you prayed before you went to cast your vote or are you a straight-party voter who tunes out the other side? When was the last time you wrote your Congressman and expressed your heartfelt thoughts on why you feel the way you do?

Rhetorical? Sure, but each of us should examine our hearts.

Too many of us want to be "cause Christians." It’s important that we don’t just show up when it’s popular, but to be the light at all times! Once we as Christians realize that we can love the person and hate the sin, then we are able to be more effective! On Friday, we witnessed Christians acting like the world instead of acting like Jesus; yet we expect the LGBTQ community to feel free to come worship with us when we invite them.

To the supporters, those shouting how happy they are that marriage equality is for all, we encourage you also to not be so boastful. We understand you feel as though you are now free, but are you? Lawmakers still control these types of decisions and at any moment they can change their minds. As we stated above, that’s why we put our trust in God, not the lawmakers. We know you may not share the same biblical beliefs as the majority of Christians, but we hope that you understand the value of respect; and we believe that this is a great place to start on common ground. We recognize that you feel or have felt suppressed for so long and according to many of the posts we’ve read, many blame Christians and the church for keeping them from “loving whom they want to love.” Let us be the first to say on behalf of Christians, if you have felt that type of vibe from us as a universal whole, we apologize. Not for what we believe to be biblical truth, but for the way we have alienated you and made you to feel less than loved.

We’d like to invite you to understand the historical context of Christianity; our belief system is tied to the Word of God, it models our behavior daily. Does that mean that we as Christians get it right all the time? NO. However, we are striving daily to follow what we believe to be God’s Holy and Divine Word.

Yes, Christians have gotten divorced in traditional marriages. No, we don’t think it’s okay. Yes, Christians lie, steal, some curse, some fornicate, some cheat etc. No, we don’t think it’s okay. Yes, we see how that can seem hypocritical; yes, we see why many of you are saying, “you’ll never go to church because it’s full of fake people.” We hear you. The thing we ask you to try to understand is that a Christian and non-believer are still in need of the same thing…love! We believe that Love is found in Christ, in His grace, in His forgiveness, in His strength, in His way and not our own!

So as you support, we are not trying to make you believe like we believe. Biblically, all we have been called to do is plant a seed. We are not trying to ask you to automatically respond to the “Christian belief system,” but we are asking you to recognize the difference as not a matter of hate, but a matter of us striving to follow the word of God as close as possible as we understand it today.

Each of us has a moral responsibility to respect each other. Christians, it is not your moral duty to shove the word of God down someone’s throat, as that behavior is unacceptable. Just like you wouldn’t feed a newborn baby a steak, learn to be gentle with the spiritual food you desire to feed others.

A beautiful illustration of this is found in John 8:31 where the law of Moses would have it that the woman caught in adultery was to be stoned. Jesus stooped down and began to write on the ground, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” The passage goes on to say that those who were judging her were convicted by their own conscience and began leaving one by one…the eldest (older folk) first. Jesus stays and has a one-on-one conversation with the adulteress woman and the conversation went like this: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Jesus loved her enough to call out the sin, didn’t condemn her, BUT He did instruct her to “sin no more.”  He showed her respect!

It’s also not acceptable to poke fun at those on either side. Some people are posting pictures that mock Jesus. Some people are posting profile pictures with a cross to counteract the rainbow picture. In all of our doings we need to examine our hearts to make sure we are authentic and not just trendy. We shouldn’t be disrespectful on either side.

Can we agree to start with the common ground of respect? That’s all we are asking.

Historically, people have been hurting for far too long and we can’t expect that decades of damage can be overturned with a few Facebook posts, a few tweets, or a few pictures on Instagram…it’s bigger than that!

Christians, let’s not get so high and mighty that we forget the words found in 1 Corinthians 6:11 “and such were some of you.”

In the end, #lovewins because Jesus Christ died on the cross for ALL, not some, of our sins! Jesus Christ was buried for ALL, not some, of our sins! Jesus Christ rose again for ALL, not some, of our sins!

If we could but remember that #Love covers a multitude of sins…perhaps we’d be able to change the way we minister to the hurting, lost, and dying world…as such were some of you!

Sin is not celebrated, it’s covered!

Written with #love,


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4 comments

  1. Good morning, ladies!

    I share the same heartfelt sentiments as you and want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Thank you for allowing the Spirit to speak through you by loving and respecting believers and non-believers, alike. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your ministry. I am blessed to call you my sisters.

    Love you!

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    1. Good Morning Tekisha,

      We are so thankful that you were encouraged through this message. It was definitely time to speak up on why we believe what we believe and to pen this letter because we are not a passive ministry. We pray that it is received well by believers, non-believers, supporters, etc.! Thank you for your continued love and support of us and please keep us in your prayers. We're glad to call you sister too!​

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  2. I'm so glad you spoke on this subject. I've seen so many negative comments from both sides, it just hurts my heart to see so much negativity. In Matthew 7:1 says Judge not, that you are judged. Let us love one another instead of judging one another.

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  3. Love wins! #teamSWAP

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