Pride Offends God


It is Pride month in my hometown, and the city is gearing up for the celebration of the annual Pride parade this weekend.

As a Christian, I have been so distressed by the prideful flaunting of a behavior and lifestyle that is condemned by God. Make no mistake — the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Now, you can argue that it doesn’t say that, but you would only be deceiving yourself. How have we, as a society, become so degraded?

I blame the culture in which we live — movies, music, television and social media that force-feed the LGBTQ agenda down our throats every day. The evening newscast leads with an update of this week’s Pride activities which include a fun zone for the children. Do not doubt that the little ones are specifically targeted for a reason.

Christians who have gay friends have chosen to be conformed to the world on this divisive issue. To what degree can we compromise the Word of God, and still call ourselves Christian?

Though love covers a multitude of sins we must understand that love is an action – not a feeling. It is corrective — not permissive — as when a parent disciplines a child.

People will say, “Oh, you’re just being judgmental.” Some will go so far as to call me hateful, bigoted, or homophobic. The only thing I fear is for the person’s soul.

As for being judgmental where does the Bible say not to judge? Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24).

Did our Lord judge the Pharisees? Did he judge the woman at the well? Did he not cast judgment on sinners … telling them to sin no more?

That kind of judgment, or correction proceeds out of love — an earnest desire that a person repent of their sins, and turn towards the living and true God.

It is human pride that denies, or rejects the LORD. There are seven things that the LORD hates — seven sins that He finds detestable. One of these is haughty eyes, or pride.

The Bible teaches that homosexuality is an abomination, but so is pride. I live in a community that celebrates gay pride. Broadcast media, government officials and local churches participate in the flamboyant parade and ostentatious activities. It grieves my soul.

It grieves my soul, but where is the safe place for me to go? Where is the community room at the local library where I can listen to soothing music, blow bubbles and play with crayons? If it’s good enough for university co-eds …

I am a Christian, and the community doesn’t care how I feel. Christians are not covered under the umbrella of political correctness. In fact, the politically correct thing to do is deliberately offend Christians.

The TV news that covers every angle of gay pride doesn’t care if I’m offended. Folks, we live in a secular world. People are not seeking after God.

In his pride the wicked man does not seek the LORD; in all his thoughts there is no room for God (Psalm 10:4).

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their homosexual culture. The earth was flooded, in part, due to man’s sexual immorality. And I’ve only heard Rabbis teach this, but the tribe of Benjamin was nearly exterminated for the sin of homosexuality.

The story is recorded in chapter 20 of Judges when the tribes of Israel went to war against the tribe of Benjamin. In one day, 25,000 men of Benjamin were slain. Afterwards, Israel grieved over Benjamin’s loss, and to ensure the survival of the lineage they married the surviving widows and maidens.

What was Benjamin’s terrible sin?

In chapter 19 of Judges we read of a Levite who was traveling through the land of Benjamin (Gibeah) with his concubine. (The story is similar to the Sodomites who demanded that Lot turn over the two angels whom the LORD sent in judgment.) Some wretched men of Gibeah wanted to sodomize the Levite, but took his concubine instead.

It is one of the most sordid narratives in the Bible, and it will leave you feeling sick. All of Israel was so enraged by the act that it sought to kill every man of the tribe of Benjamin.

Sexual immorality is a grievous sin that is hated by God.

Make no mistake, heterosexual immorality is just as grievous. A couple sought to join a local church, and were asked by the pastor if they were married.

“No,” replied the young woman. “We live as a married couple, but we’ve never had a ceremony.”

“Well,” said the pastor, “if you want to join this church you’ll have to change your living arrangement.”

“Oh,” protested the woman. “I thought you were a loving church.”

How has this manner of thinking entered the body of Christ? It’s a combination of social influences, cultural attitudes and ignorance of the Bible.

I don’t mean to sound mean-spirited, but this is what speaking out of love sounds like. How has society been so degraded that speaking the truth is considered by some to be hate-speech?

To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13).

Imagine, the Bible is hate-speech. It leaves me, well … speechless.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

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One thought on “Pride Offends God

  1. I recently heard a great sermon on Matthew 7:1-6. Verse 1 is probably one of the most abused Bible verses by unbelievers and uninformed alike, when they try to defend various immoral lifestyles. When they quote, “Judge not lest you be judged”, what they mean is, “You can’t tell me what I’m doing is morally wrong because I can say the same thing about you” — which is a total distortion of Scripture. It rejects the idea that our Creator holds us all to the same standard, the same truth.

    Central to understanding this and related passages is the meaning of the word, “judge”. We are supposed to know right from wrong, identify right from wrong and size up people and situations accordingly. It isn’t up to us to condemn people. Their sin already condemns them. But it is our responsibility to condemn that sin — to discern it and bring it to light. And that kind of judgement is particularly appropriate within the body of Christ.

    When we see the secular world flaunting their unrighteousness, we don’t need to condemn them. But we must speak the truth by condemning their sin. Love warns people that they are headed for destruction. It doesn’t remain silent when it sees people self-destructing.

    Your point is well-taken, that love is not a feeling. That idiotic saying we hear a lot: “Love is love is love is love” isn’t talking about love at all. It’s a lie from the pit of hell.

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