Rowling attacks religious body

Members of the lesbian and gay community and their supporters rejoiced Wednesday when J.K. Rowling, the writer of the “Harry Potter” books took on a Baptist church in the U.S. because of its opposition to homosexuality and accused it of bigotry and “hate speech.”

On May 26, Rowling “tweeted” in response to the church’s opposition to homosexuality that the opposition to homosexuality by Westboro Baptist Church was the produce of their “tiny bigoted minds” and “your thick sloping skulls.”

“Huffington Post” reported, “This isn’t the first time she’s used her Twitter handle to pass out wisdom and shut down the bigoted.”

The following day, Rowling tweeted, “I don’t care about WBC. I think it’s important that scared gay kids who aren’t out yet see hate speech challenged.”

Rowling’s first tweet was designed as an “ad hominem” attack, labeling the church’s members as having “bigoted minds” and “thick sloping skulls.” Her second tweet attacked the church in an only slightly veiled accusation of the church pushing “hate speech.”

It is clear that Rowling as well as others who defend the sinful act of homosexuality as condemned in the Bible intend to level their attacks at religious bodies by accusing them of bigotry and “hate speech.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a likely Republican candidate for president, warned Wednesday that the homosexual community and its supporters are likely to use the “hate speech” label to condemn churches and their members.

“If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater,” Rubio said.

Rubio said that after the homosexual community was through attacking members of churches it would begin launching an attack of the “mainstream teachings of Christianity” as hate speech. From Rowling’s inconsiderate attack, it would appear Rubio is correct.

When Folks Don’t Think

It’s amazing what happens when people don’t think.

I heard folks say, “Let’s get all the bishops together in a region and elect a ‘presiding bishop.’” And folks said, “Man, that’s a great idea.”

Then, I heard folks say, “Let’s get all the presiding bishops together and have a conclave.” And folks said, “Man, that’s a great idea.”

Then, I heard folks say, “Let’s get the conclave together and have them elect a pope.” And folks said, “Man, that’s a great idea.”

Sure, it sounds great, but is it?

Then, I read what Paul said: “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe,” (1 Corinthians 1:21). Then, I thought, “Man, that presiding bishop, conclave and pope, those are not great ideas! I just wasn’t thinking.”

It is truly amazing when people don’t think.

The Lord Jesus

The Lord Jesus did not die so his disciples would hang a sign on their meeting places saying, “Lost souls not welcome here.”

The Lord Jesus did not die so his disciples would create distinctions between the rich and the poor, those with possessions and those without them, or those that are “haves” and the “have not’s.”

The Lord Jesus did not die so some people would benefit by the truth while others never hear it.

In fact, the Lord Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11)

The Lord Jesus died to make sure the truth became available to ALL (Matthew 28:18-20).

The Lord Jesus died so that every person would benefit from hearing the truth and to give everyone the option of obeying it (Ezekiel 34:16; 1 Timothy 1:15).

My Introduction to Sunday’s Sermon “Ye Have Heard” Matthew 5:21ff

  1. Jesus said, “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:20).
    1. One commenter on this verse said the force of the Lord’s statement was, “Your righteousness must overflow like a river out of its bank and then MORE.”
    2. A river doesn’t overflow its banks by carrying its regular flow of water. The flow rate must be MULTIPLIED.
  2. We will only have the righteousness that exceeds when we get out of our comfort zones and start conforming our thinking to that of our Savior.
    1. “IMPOSSIBLE,” some may say. “IMPERATIVE,” Jesus said. The alternative is that we give up heaven!
    2. The reason why many people might say this is impossible is because they’ve never tried. The writer G.K. Chesterton said “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
  3. The Problem? Human beings tend to give up and quit when faced with doing difficult things.

The Solution? Mold our thinking and make it the same as our LORD!

We’ve Wandered

Years ago, our family owned a cat. Anyone who has owned a cat knows they sometimes wander.

Our cat stayed with us until it was a little more than one-year old, then it started to dart very quickly from a too-long-open door. Once, the poor kitty stayed more than six months from home.

When she returned, we cleaned her, had a veterinarian’s help fixing her up and she stayed at home long enough to recover, but escaped into the beckoning call of cat fellowship again. We never saw her after that.

People can be like cats. People can wander away from the word of God and never come back. Just look at some of the ways people have wandered from God’s law in history.

God’s law concerning adultery was strict. Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22 said that if any of Israel were found guilty of adultery they should be put to death. Yet, the Jews wandered from that law. They looked for ways in which the law could be set aside. One Jewish scholar posited that a man could divorce his wife for burning his bread.

Now, more than half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many of the reasons for divorce that are used now are not reasons at all: “irreconcilable differences,” is one of my favorites. One couple that used it said the divorce centered around an argument of who would care for the children on Christmas Day. The judge found out the man and his wife were Jewish.

There was one divorce in which the judge refused to enter a decision for either side because the two kept arguing about who would get the food left in the refrigerator.

This kind of insanity shows how far people have wandered away!

Murder was another law the Jews tried to escape. The Jews believed that if they were not charged directly with murder, then there was no violation of God’s command in Exodus 20:13. Just look what they did to Jesus. Oh, it wasn’t them who killed Jesus. They convinced the Romans to do the deed and thereby escaped guilt. Of course, that is until Peter told them on the Day of Pentecost, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ–this Jesus whom you crucified,” (Acts 2:36 NASB). Peter said, “whom you crucified.”

People today kill for whatever reason they wish, and then they leave up to a defense lawyer the job of finding a reason for exoneration or to escape punishment. In one case in Maury County, Tennessee some years ago, a man killed his wife and daughter and severely wounded his son because he was angry. In court, the defense pleaded with the jury that it not sentence their client to death because he had been a drunk. They didn’t tell the jury he was drunk when he killed his family, but that he had been a drunk. In other words, the murders of two people and the wounding of another was society’s fault because he suffered from an illness and was not responsible.

Oh, how far we have wandered away from what God wants! Indeed, the prophet Isaiah was absolutely right when he wrote, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way,” (Isaiah 53:6a).

The only thing we can do is to return to the shepherd and bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25) and that is Jesus. We must change the direction we’ve taken and must go back to the Bible to find out what the Good Shepherd wants us to do. One person recently said, “To find out what a religious denomination is, go to a library. To find out about the church Jesus built, go to the Bible.” That’s very true.

Go back to the Bible. Find out there what the truth is and then obey it.