My dad. Looking back he did a lot of the messy work in regards to raising a sassy, overbearing, dramatic daughter. That might be (and hopefully is) an overkill, but I was never easy to raise. Tantrums quickly escalated into violent charades, each of which ended with sitting down on the couch and discussing it over. Of course, you can rightfully assume that my dad didn’t just turn a blind eye. He loved me and would therefore tenderly instruct me on where I went wrong, how my behavior was inexcusable and how he was telling me all of this because he loves me. On the flip side, he would be charged with emotional neglect had he never addressed deep issues in my character and excused such behavior by chalking it up to love.
God is also a Father. And a father instructs. Thankfully, I do not have to go down some detrimental pathway before God soon intercedes and with that soft fatherly voice whispers “You’re in the wrong and drifting away. Humble yourself and come back to me.” That sounds like love, doesn’t it? And that sounds even more like a good fatherly figure. I think I made my point.
If God is a perfect father, two things are then certain…he loves his children unconditionally and he also instructs them when they drift away. In regards to the gay movement and the recent Supreme Court ruling, Christians have nailed the unconditional love part. But that unconditional love has turned into passivity and looking the other way. “Acceptance” has become a buzzword in this regard. Such behavior reveals both a misconception of love and God. Love is not passive and love is never, ever, ever blind. Love sees sin for sin and addresses it with unconditional love. What would Jesus do? Just remember that God is a father after all, and we, as Christians, are reflections of Him on earth.
Finally, the gay movement is detrimental to Christianity not only because it undermines marriage, but because it threatens the power of the church. If the church accepts everything, it will stand for nothing. By distorting the nature of love, evil succeeds in misrepresenting God as passive, while permanently muting the church’s voice. The church cannot shine if it is hiding, it cannot change history if it is silent in hopes of loving everyone through meek acceptance. At the end of the day, Satan’s greatest tactic is to make you passive by your very own biblical convictions.
Its time to remember that love instructs and a Father teaches.