Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Act of Hatred, Not Love...

Before I begin this entry, I want to wish my grandson A, a very Happy Birthday!  Grandma loves you!

Getting to sleep about 1:30 am, seems to be a current trend for me, lately. Waking about 6:00 am, I truly did not want to get up. But, I did. Being a topic for another day, I won't discuss any more of the reason I got up early, because I have a much more important issue to write about.

When I lived in Clarkson (today = Mississauga) as a child, the area we lived in was the beginnings of a subdivision, containing the first half (1/2) dozen streets, or so. If you saw it today, you would hardly recognize the area, for it is totally built up, now.

Back then, in the early 1960's, the community was so small that we and other neighbourhood kids played together, argued, made up and carried on in life, almost like a family.

There was no bus service. Farmer's fields surrounded our tiny hamlet; in fact, we had carrots growing in our lawn! Grape vineyards and orchards of fruit trees like cherry, apple, etc., were commonplace. We had to walk about two (2) miles, to visit the doctor's office, collect our mail at the post office or shop at the general store.

One of the families who were our neighbours was a truly large one; they had about 10 children. My brother Glenn, my sister and I each had friends who were part of this family.

Over the years, we have kept in touch with each other, usually attending funerals. E-mail and Facebook (FB) have made it much easier to touch base.

Recently, I heard some disturbing news from one of my friends from this family.

Apparently, one of the fellows from this family is gay and is in a relationship with another man. Being Christian, this news was disturbing to me, for I believe the Bible, God's Word, when it tells me that some things are an abomination to God. Homosexuality, being one.

This is confirmed in Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lay with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination." As well as in Leviticus 20:13, "If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.".

There are other passages, but this is not the issue at hand that I am writing about.

If you know me well, you will know that I don't pull punches where God's Word is concerned. I tell it, like it is. Sin is sin. And, love is love. 

I believe God's Word when it tells me that if my brother is caught in a sin, I should gently let him know (Galations 6:1).  I believe it is loving to tell someone that they are doing something that could lead them to eternity separated from God, that they will spend in hell and not heaven.  Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on this issue.  Again, this is a topic for another day.

You see, even though the Bible tells us that my friend is sinning against God and himself, the reality is that we are all sinners, saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone).

God tells us in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." I've sinned, you've sinned, everyone has sinned. Even those of us who have been saved by God's grace, still fall into sin, from time to time. This is a topic for another day.

It's enough to say that while God hates sin and cannot look upon it, He loves the sinner. God sent His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16), so that we would have a way to salvation and forgiveness for our sin.

So, now that you understand the situation, you will be able to understand how disturbing it is to me what happened to my childhood friend.

As I said, people, whether saved by God's grace or not, have various views about homosexuality. Possibly, because not everyone knows what God's Word says, or possibly because they don't take God seriously. 

Hatred is another issue. It is also sin. Hatred is a form of unforgiveness.

God told us in many passages that we are to forgive others. Ever prayed the Lord's prayer? Matthew and Luke (in the New Testament) say that we ask God to ...forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

In Colossians 3:12-13, we hear God tell us, "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must forgive."

The disturbing issue I am approaching is one of hatred and not love.

An unknown person or persons, threw a firebomb into the bedroom of my friend's home, where he and his partner were sleeping, setting the house ablaze, with them in it. Apparently, this is not the first hateful act that was done to them, for previously, their garage had been set on fire, by an unknown person.

Here is a link, where you can read the story:

While I am relieved that my friend and his partner is okay and got out of the home, safely, it is extremely disturbing that anyone would do this to any other human being.

My friend is heartbroken. I sympathize and wish there was something I could do for them.

However, I am heartboken, too. Not just because these men are gay, but mainly because someone, who was filled with hatred, set out to hurt/kill them. This is sin, too.

Let's face it, there's a difference between disagreeing on a life issue and setting out to hurt/kill someone.

As I said to my friend, "We don't all have to agree in life, and usually don't, but this was uncalled for. No matter what someone's belief is, no one should ever hurt another, especially like this. After all, we all have to answer to God. Again, I am thankful you (and your partner) are okay. Please know, I will continue to pray for you. Have you managed to get sorted around with the powers that be and with living accommodation, etc? It's not easy, but I know you will get through it. If I can help, let me know. Please remember that Jesus loves you and so do I... Blessings... Lynn"

Apparently, there is no indication as to who did this horrible deed. But never fear. As I said to my friend, God knows all. And, may God have mercy on the person(s) who did this despicable act.

While I do not live anywhere near these fellows who might possibly have died and have no knowledge of who may have set fire to their home, I would like to give my opinion.

In my opinion, anyone who is truly Christian, who knows God's Word, and who is trusting in Jesus Christ for their salvation, would not have done this, for a true Christian as such, will not hate.  For, a believer who fits that scenario knows that we need to pray for and help sinners such as these, come to Christ; their eternity depends upon it.  Just as ours does.

In my opinion, there are many people who consider themselves to be Christian (without having the power thereof), who are not truly Christian, who do not know God's Word and what God expects of them; someone such as this might act upon hatred.  The same applies to unbelievers, for they also don't know or care what God expects of them and may be filled with hate towards homosexuals. 

It's anyone's guess who is to blame for this disaster.  Hopefully, they will be caught, soon.

I pray that my friend and his partner will forgive those who tried to hurt/kill them.  This will probably only happen if they come to Christ.

Much prayer is needed for this situation. If you can find it in your heart to do so, please pray for these heartbroken fellows.  Pray for my friend, his partner and those involved in setting the fire, that God will save each person.  Thank you.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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