Proud and Unloving
College football player, Michael Sam recently came out and publicly made known that he practices homosexuality. Immediately it seemed like everyone – from the major sports and news media outlets, to friends and former coaches, to some of the highest government officials of our once godly and God-fearing nation – came out and expressed how “ proud ” they were of this “bold” and courageous young man… And all I could think about was how incredibly sad I was for this hard-working young man, who appears (at least according to the reports I heard and read) to have no one in the world who really loves him; how sorrowful it must be for this young man, to be so vehemently and violently hated, by so many in his young life… Please permit me to explain…
As loving parents, when our children are just beginning to learn and grow, we incessantly warn them of the impending and deadly danger inherent in certain courses of action, don’t we? We endlessly repeat, reiterate, re-introduce and reinforce the admonitions that they are not to play near or chase a ball into traffic; that they are not to talk to strangers; they are not to play with household poisons, electrical sockets, or matches because of the potential, ever-present, and inevitable life threatening danger inherent in those practices. And we do this out of genuine, true, and heartfelt love because we don’t want to see them endlessly and needlessly suffer, don’t we? That’s what the highest level of true love does, doesn’t it? Yes… period.
And so, I would lovingly ask, “What is the inevitable, unchangeable, and eternal end result, of a life lived while choosing to indulge in the abominable sin (according to God; please see: www.clevelandcoc.com/?page_id=170) of homosexuality?” God answers that question clearly, concisely, and unmistakably in His eternal and “forever firmly fixed in heaven” word (See Ps. 19:7-11, 119:89 ESV). His unchanging and unalterable answer is:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination (Lev. 18:22). If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination… (Lev. 20:13). Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10). But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev 21:8).
This is God’s answer. It is forever. It will neither change, be altered, suspended or circumvented. And no earthly government, court, leader, or group of powerful people will ever be able to even edit it one iota – ever. And so, if anyone truly loves such homosexuals as Michael Sam, what will they do? Warn him of the eternal outcome of choosing to continue in his sin, and let him know he has a choice!
But what do these apparently unloving coaches, politicians, and professional sports reporters and players do instead? They spread their hateful and spiteful encouragement and acceptance of his self-destructive course of choice, instead of expressing to him the love of God which demands choosing a change of course because God doesn’t want to see him eternally suffer the consequences of his sin.
They tell him how proud they are of him… proud of him for continuing to defy and resist the almighty God of heaven and earth – something no one has ever continually done and won, but have always been destroyed for doing in the process.
They say what a wonderful thing his abhorrent-to-God sin is; but God says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good, evil… Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Prov. 5:20-21).
They say how proud they are of him; but God says of them: Professing to be wise, they became fools… Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie… For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; …who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them (excerpted from Romans 1:22-32).
God’s unchangeable truth is both forever firmly fixed in heaven (Ps. 119:89), and has been divinely dictated and placed in plain and simple black and white in all of our holy bibles (II Tim. 3:16-17) for our inevitable and infinite benefit. It is straight from the heart of an all-knowing God and Father who lovingly warns us all about the eternal outcome of continuing to commit such heinous and horrific sins against Him and His holy statutes – and it is there in plain sight for all honest men and women to read and heed for themselves. And Michael Sam, Jason Collins, and any of the other possible professional sports homosexual athletes around, please pay careful, honest, and complete attention – because your eternal life or death destination depends on it: You can watch the sales of your jerseys spiralingly skyrocket; you can appear on the cover of every major magazine from now until judgment day; you can even enjoy the endearing support of every godless high government official imaginable, “but what will you do in the end” (Jer. 5:31), when God’s unalterable word and unavoidable judgment comes completely to pass, causing the impenitent of the abhorrent to eternally perish (Lk. 9:25-26)?
Please understand that despite the uncaring and unloving masses you have perhaps surrounded yourselves with who couldn’t care less about your eternal soul, there are those that do truly love you enough to want to see you saved; who do truly love you enough to tell you the truth; and do truly love you enough to extend to you God’s love and grace – so that you can at least have the opportunity to accept it by repenting and be washed and forever changed (Acts 2:38; I Cor. 6:9-11). For more on this real love, please see www.clevelandcoc.com/?page_id=2856.