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Robert P. George is Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He is also a McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.  He gave a compelling speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast last week in Washington, DC.  While he addressed Catholics his message serves as a warning and exhortation for evangelicals as well as we see our values constantly clash with what is more and more being seen as the cultural norm.

The question that Dr. George asks is relevant to all followers of Jesus – are we ashamed of the Gospel?

You can read his remarks below:

The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over. The days of comfortable Catholicism are past. It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel. A price is demanded and must be paid. There are costs of discipleship—heavy costs, costs that are burdensome and painful to bear.

Of course, one can still safely identify oneself as a “Catholic,” and even be seen going to mass. That is because the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that we have come to call “political correctness” do not assume that identifying as “Catholic” or going to mass necessarily means that one actually believes what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life.

And if one in fact does not believe what the Church teaches, or, for now at least, even if one does believe those teachings but is prepared to be completely silent about them, one is safe—one can still be a comfortable Catholic. In other words, a tame Catholic, a Catholic who is ashamed of the Gospel—or who is willing to act publicly as if he or she were ashamed—is still socially acceptable. But a Catholic who makes it clear that he or she is not ashamed is in for a rough go—he or she must be prepared to take risks and make sacrifices. “If,” Jesus said, “anyone wants to be my disciple, let him take up his cross and follow me.” We American Catholics, having become comfortable, had forgotten, or ignored, that timeless Gospel truth. There will be no ignoring it now.

The question each of us today must face is this: Am I ashamed of the Gospel? And that question opens others: Am I prepared to pay the price that will be demanded if I refuse to be ashamed, if, in other words, I am prepared to give public witness to the massively politically incorrect truths of the Gospel, truths that the mandarins of an elite culture shaped by the dogmas of expressive individualism and me-generation liberalism do not wish to hear spoken? Or, put more simply, am I willing, or am I, in the end, unwilling, to take up my cross and follow Christ?

Powerful forces and currents in our society press us to be ashamed of the Gospel—ashamed of the good, ashamed of our faith’s teachings on the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions, ashamed of our faith’s teachings on marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. These forces insist that the Church’s teachings are out of date, retrograde, insensitive, uncompassionate, illiberal, bigoted—even hateful. These currents bring pressure on all of us—and on young Catholics in particular—to yield to this insistence. They threaten us with consequences if we refuse to call what is good evil, and what is evil good. They command us to conform our thinking to their orthodoxy, or else say nothing at all.

Do you believe, as I believe, that every member of the human family, irrespective of age or size or stage of development or condition of dependency, is the bearer of inherent dignity and an equal right to life? Do you hold that the precious child in the womb, as a creature made in the very image and likeness of God, deserves respect and protection? Then, powerful people and institutions say, you are a misogynist—a hater of women, someone who poses a threat to people’s privacy, an enemy of women’s “reproductive freedom.” You ought to be ashamed!

Do you believe, as I believe, that the core social function of marriage is to unite a man and woman as husband and wife to be mother and father to children born of their union? Do you hold, as I hold, that the norms that shape marriage as a truly conjugal partnership are grounded in its procreative nature—its singular aptness for the project of child-rearing? Do you understand marriage as the uniquely comprehensive type of bond—comprehensive in that it unites spouses in a bodily way and not merely at the level of hearts and minds—that is oriented to and would naturally be fulfilled by their conceiving and rearing children together? Then these same forces say you are a homophobe, a bigot, someone who doesn’t believe in equality. You even represent a threat to people’s safety. You ought to be ashamed!

But, of course, what you believe, if you believe these things, is a crucial part of the Gospel. You believe the truth—in its fullness—about the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage and sexual morality as proclaimed by the Church—our only secure source of understanding the Gospel message. So when you are invited to distance yourself from these teachings or go silent about them, when you are threatened with opprobrium or the loss of professional opportunities or social standing if you do not, you are being pressured to be ashamed of the Gospel—which means to give up faith in the Lordship of Christ and hope in the triumph of goodness, righteousness, and love in and through Him.

To be a witness to the Gospel today is to make oneself a marked man or woman. It is to expose oneself to scorn and reproach. To unashamedly proclaim the Gospel in its fullness is to place in jeopardy one’s security, one’s personal aspirations and ambitions, the peace and tranquility one enjoys, one’s standing in polite society. One may in consequence of one’s public witness be discriminated against and denied educational opportunities and the prestigious credentials they may offer; one may lose valuable opportunities for employment and professional advancement; one may be excluded from worldly recognition and honors of various sorts; one’s witness may even cost one treasured friendships. It may produce familial discord and even alienation from family members. Yes, there are costs of discipleship—heavy costs.

There was a time, not long ago, when things were quite different. Of course, there have always been anti-Catholic currents in sectors of American society. And at certain times and in certain circumstances and places one paid a price for being a Catholic. But as the nation progressed, anti-Catholicism in many sectors dissipated and one could be a true and faithful Catholic without suffering significantly in terms of lost opportunities or standing in the community. Biblical and natural law beliefs about morality were culturally normative; they were not challenges to cultural norms. But those days are gone. What was once normative is now regarded as heretical—the moral and cultural equivalent of treason. And so, here we are.

You see, for us, as for our faithful Evangelical friends, it is now Good Friday. The memory of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem has faded. Yes, he had been greeted—and not long ago—by throngs of people waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David.” He rode into the Jerusalem of Europe and the Jerusalem of the Americas and was proclaimed Lord and King. But all that is now in the past. Friday has come. The love affair with Jesus and his Gospel and his Church is over. Elite sectors of the cultures of Europe and North America no longer welcome his message. “Away with him,” they shout. “Give us Barabbas!”

So for us there is no avoiding the question: Am I ashamed of the Gospel? Am I unwilling to stand with Christ by proclaiming His truths? Oh, things were easy on Palm Sunday. Standing with Jesus and His truths was the in thing to do. Everybody was shouting “Hosanna.” But now it’s Friday, and the days of acceptable Christianity are over. The days of comfortable Catholicism are past. Jesus is before Pilate. The crowds are shouting “crucify him.” The Lord is being led to Calvary. Jesus is being nailed to the cross.

And where are we? Where are you and I? Are we afraid to be known as his disciples? Are we ashamed of the Gospel?

Will we muster the strength, the courage, the faith to be like Mary the Mother of Jesus, and like John, the apostle whom Jesus loved, and stand faithfully at the foot of the cross? Or will we, like all the other disciples, flee in terror? Fearing to place in jeopardy the wealth we have piled up, the businesses we have built, the professional and social standing we have earned, the security and tranquility we enjoy, the opportunities for worldly advancement we cherish, the connections we have cultivated, the relationships we treasure, will we silently acquiesce to the destruction of innocent human lives or the demolition of marriage? Will we seek to “fit in,” to be accepted, to live comfortably in the new Babylon? If so, our silence will speak. Its words will be the words of Peter, warming himself by the fire: “Jesus the Nazarene? I tell you, I do not know the man.”

Perhaps I should make explicit what you have no doubt perceived as implicit in my remarks. The saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ includes, integrally, the teachings of His church on the profound and inherent dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage as a conjugal bond—a one-flesh union. The question of faith and fidelity that is put to us today is not in the form it was put to Peter—“surely you are you this man’s disciple”—it is, rather, do you stand for the sanctity of human life and the dignity of marriage as the union of husband and wife? These teachings are not the whole Gospel—Christianity requires much more than their affirmation. But they are integral to the Gospel—they are not optional or dispensable. To be an authentic witness to the Gospel is to proclaim these truths among the rest. The Gospel is, as St. John Paul the Great said, a Gospel of Life. And it is a Gospel of family life, too. And it is these integral dimensions of the Gospel that powerful cultural forces and currents today demand that we deny or suppress.

These forces tell us that our defeat in the causes of marriage and human life are inevitable. They warn us that we are on the “wrong side of history.” They insist that we will be judged by future generations the way we today judge those who championed racial injustice in the Jim Crow south. But history does not have sides. It is an impersonal and contingent sequence of events, events that are determined in decisive ways by human deliberation, judgment, choice, and action. The future of marriage and of countless human lives can and will be determined by our judgments and choices—our willingness or unwillingness to bear faithful witness, our acts of courage or cowardice. Nor is history, or future generations, a judge invested with god-like powers to decide, much less dictate, who was right and who was wrong. The idea of a “judgment of history” is secularism’s vain, meaningless, hopeless, and pathetic attempt to devise a substitute for what the great Abrahamic traditions of faith know is the final judgment of Almighty God. History is not God. God is God. History is not our judge. God is our judge.

One day we will give an account of all we have done and failed to do. Let no one suppose that we will make this accounting to some impersonal sequence of events possessing no more power to judge than a golden calf or a carved and painted totem pole. It is before God—the God of truth, the Lord of history—that we will stand. And as we tremble in His presence it will be no use for any of us to claim that we did everything in our power to put ourselves on “the right side of history.”

One thing alone will matter: Was I a faithful witness to the Gospel? Did I do everything in my power to place myself on the side of truth? The one whose only begotten Son tells us that he, and he alone, is “the way, the truth, and the life” will want to know from each of us whether we sought the truth with a pure and sincere heart, whether we sought to live by the truth authentically and with integrity, and—let me say this with maximum clarity—whether we stood up for the truth, speaking it out loud and in public, bearing the costs of discipleship that are inevitably imposed on faithful witnesses to truth by cultures that turn away from God and his law. Or were we ashamed of the Gospel?

The Gospel is true. The whole Gospel is true. Its teachings about life and marriage are true—even its hardest sayings, such as Christ’s clear teaching about the indissolubility of what God has united and about the adulterous nature of any sexual relation outside that bond.

If we deny truths of the Gospel, we really are like Peter, avowing that “I do not know the man.” If we go silent about them, we really are like the other apostles, fleeing in fear. But when we proclaim the truths of the Gospel, we really do stand at the foot of the cross with Mary the Mother of Jesus and John the disciple whom Jesus loved. We show by our faithfulness that we are not ashamed of the Gospel. We prove that we are truly Jesus’s disciples, willing to take up his cross and follow him—even to Calvary.

And we bear witness by our fidelity to the greatest truth of all, namely, that the story does not end at Golgotha. Evil and death do not triumph. Yes, it is Good Friday, but the one who became like us in all things but sin conquers death to redeem us from our transgressions and give us a full share in eternal life—the divine life of the most blessed Trinity. The cross cannot defeat him. The sepulcher cannot hold him. His heavenly Father will not abandon him. The psalm that begins in despair, Eloi, Eloi lama sabachtani, ends in hope and joy. Easter is coming. The crucified Christ will be raised from the dead. The chains of sin will be broken. “Oh death, where is thy victory? Oh death, where is thy sting?”

I grew up as a Catholic in a Protestant culture. The Protestants of my boyhood were what we today call Evangelicals. In those days, the religious differences between us seemed vast, though today the personal and spiritual bonds we have formed in bearing common witness to marriage and the sanctity of human life have relativized, though, of course, not eliminated, those differences. We now know that Evangelical Protestants are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ—separated from us in certain ways, to be sure, but bound together with us nevertheless in spiritual fellowship. Growing up, I admired the strength of their faith, and their willingness openly to profess it. And I loved their hymns. One of the most familiar ones contains a vital message for us Catholics today. You will recognize the first verse:

On a hill faraway, stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
I love that old cross, where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

And the chorus goes:
I will cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down.
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Yes, there’s the story. Christ must endure the sufferings of Good Friday to fulfill his salvific mission. But Easter is coming. And we, who cherish his cross, and are willing to bear his suffering and shame, will share in his glorious resurrection. We who cling to that old rugged cross will exchange it someday for a crown.

And then comes the next verse, and how perfectly it captures the attitude we must adopt, the stance we must take, the witness we must give, in these times of trial if we are to be true disciples of Jesus:

\To the old rugged cross, I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear,
Till he calls me someday, to my home far away,
Where forever his glory I’ll share.

Yes.

And I’ll cherish that old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down.
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Yes, for us Catholics and all who seek to be faithful, it’s Good Friday. We are no longer acceptable. We can no longer be comfortable. It is for us a time of trial, a time of testing by adversity. But lest we fail the test, as perhaps many will do, let us remember that Easter is coming. Jesus will vanquish sin and death. We will experience fear, just as the apostles did—that is inevitable. Like Jesus himself in Gethsemane, we would prefer not to drink this cup. We would much rather be acceptable Christians, comfortable Catholics. But our trust in him, our hope in his resurrection, our faith in the sovereignty of his heavenly Father can conquer fear. By the grace of Almighty God, Easter is indeed coming. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel. Never be ashamed of the Gospel.

32 comments
  1. It comes down to how you interpret the Bible, and there are many interpretations out there. Jesus never talked about homosexuality or abortion. He sure didn’t say live begins at conception.

      1. By definition God knew everyone at the instant he created the world. Time would have no meaning to God. Once again, I could argue that abortion is just part of God’s plan. You can say I am wrong, but you have no evidence to prove otherwise and it comes down with how you want to interpret scripture. The majority of fertilized eggs don’t make it past the first trimester. With medical science causing less miscarriages than any other time in human history, I could argue that abortion is God’s way of evening things out.

      2. I personally am against abortion. There are no winners when it comes to abortion. I think money and energy would be much better spent educating people and providing good, reliable contraception to anyone. You won’t need an abortion if you avoid getting pregnant in the first place.

    1. Also – try

      Mark 10:6-8

      6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] 8 and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

      1. The Bible also promoted slavery. It was used to justify slavery in this country for years. I have heard people say that God chose the time to change people’s minds on that.

        Prove to me that God is not behind all this recent acceptance of same-sex marriage. As we were apparently not ready to end slavery until Lincoln, now it is time to accept same-sex marriage. You can’t prove it, which goes back to my point that it all comes down to how you interpret the Bible.

      2. Actually that would be incorrect. The Old Testament speaks of rules for servants (along the lines of indentured servants) where people would sell themselves into servitude for money (like a loan) or protection (like welfare) for a set period of time and in a Jubilee year all debts and bonds were forgiven. Perhaps a better understanding of Hebrew would clear this up for you. The word(s) that have been translated as “slave” in translations like the King James are not accurate translations of the Hebrew word.

        As for actual slavery, the Jews were the slaves throughout points in Biblical history and in the New Testament, Jews were slaves to Rome as were early Christians. Notice that the Masters were not the Jews or the Christians. The New Testament speaks to how those Christians, who were slaves were to behave.

        God does explicitly speak as to what he expects regarding sexuality and life and His word is very clear as to how He views it.

        Rather than debating with others, I would suggest that you study God’s message revealed to us through the Bible as well as pray for His guidance in understanding His revelations

      3. You do not own indentured saves for live and then own their children. You may want to go back and read:

        However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

        But there are exceptions to even the above rule.

        If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

      4. As I said – the English translation is wrong for the word(s) – continuing to use the English doesn’t make your case for you- You will need to consult a Rabbi or learn Hebrew to get the true meaning of the words and a sociological understanding of what the passages are saying in the proper context.

        From the Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) you will notice many words actually have no direct translation so to understand – one must understand God’s eternal language of Hebrew. The deeper the understanding of the Hebrew the more intimate the understanding of the message God is relaying to us. There are multple layers of meaning in the Hebrew. For a beginner level understanding of what I mean – investigate the book – Buried Treasure: Hidden Wisdom from the Hebrew Language – by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

        Vayikra 25:44-46

        44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the Goyim that are round about you; of them shall ye buy eved and amah.
        45 Moreover of the bnei hatoshavim that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their mishpachot that are among you, which they fathered in your land; and they shall be your possession.
        46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your banim after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen forever; but over your brethren, the Bnei Yisroel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigor.

        Shemot 21:7-11
        7 And if an ish sell his bat to be an amah (maidservant), she shall not go out as the avadim [go free].
        8 If she please not her adon, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed [i.e., let her freedom be purchased]; to sell her unto an am nochri (foreign people) he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
        9 And if he have betrothed her unto his ben, he shall deal with her according to the mishpat habanot (rights of [free] daughters; i.e., those rights of verse 10).
        10 If he take him another, her food, her covering of clothing, and her onah (conjugal rights) shall he not deprive.
        11 And if he does not perform these three unto her, then shall she go out free without kesef.

        And – “Please note the “another wife”. Sort of puts holes in your one man- one woman marriage.” – still doesn’t mention that it is ok for 2 men or 3 men or 2 woman or 3 woman to “marry”

        Again your Theology is lacking. There are things that God places as his ideal – perfect will for things – like one man / one woman marriage (for evidence as to how going against the ideal causes problems – read the account of Abraham, Jacob, David as to the problems society has encountered since because of multiple wives – (Ishmael & Isaac ring any bells?)

        Multiple wives in not expressly forbidden though it is not God’s ideal. Homosexual / sodomite relations are expressly forbidden by God so are not to be embraced

      5. So by your argument, only a Rabbi can “translate” the Bible. Where does that leave Christians then? Where is this 4000 year old Hebrew Thesaurus that tells us what these words mean, or are we to just take their word for it?

        As I read what you put, it’s still slavery, which is immoral no matter what language.

      6. It isn’t slavery – your continuation to call it that doesn’t change it to be so when the Hebrew clearly states otherwise.

        Slavery is horrible and God doesn’t condone it in His word.

        And while a Rabbi will help you with the deeper wisdom of the Old Testament, anyone can learn and study Hebrew – If one really wants to understand the Old Testament, one needs to read it in the Hebrew. There are themes and concepts – subtleties of meaning in the Hebrew that do not directly translate to English (or any other languages) There are root word bonds and repeated bonds or reverses of Hebrew words that impart even more meaning into the message of the Bible.

        Whether you take up the challenge to actually understand the Bible is up to you but it behooves you to know what you are talking about fully if you want to make claims about what’s in it.

      7. Owning someone and their descendants is slavery, no matter how you spin it.

        “They shall be your possession.” No matter how well you treat them, you own them. You are even allowed to beat them as long as they can get up within three days. Have you ever been beaten where you were bed-ridden for three days? That would be one bad beating.

      8. Fine – don’t learn it yourself – remain in your own ignorance. Accept what one Rabbi (who you obviously had to google to find) has to say rather than thousands of years of Jewish history and the actual Hebrew words to prove the contrary.

        As previously indicated – Paul speaks to slavery not because the Jews were practicing it but because the Jews and recent Christian converts were slaves to Romans.

      9. I am sorry. I am not Jewish. I never was. The link I gave was what came up using Google. If nothing else it shows that not all Rabbi agree with you which is my point.
        I admit that I would find it very interesting to sit down with a Rabbi sometime.

      10. I replied with a very detailed response – I am hoping it hasn’t showed up because the moderator is taking a break – if that is not the case I am less than thrilled with the moderator…..

      11. When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
        Please note the “another wife”. Sort of puts holes in your one man- one woman marriage.

    2. In Genesis God did not create eggs or seeds, etc. He created adult beings of all things from trees, flowers, cows, people – and there was no need for the word conception. Abortion – homosexuality – God knew that sin was in the world, the result of individual desire and pride and this is why none of us can blame Him for our sin. He made humans to think, to be free to choose right or wrong. This is not so with other creations. It is so easy for people to look or imagine an excuse to what they do but none of it will fly! We always have the freedom to choose.

      1. Medical science defines pregnancy as beginning when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. Otherwise, God aborts a whole lot of babies each year.

  2. I agree with the writer- believing Catholics and believing Protestants have more in common with each other they might have with the Christian community in general and we are being attacked for our beliefs, non-stop. And we should remember the Christians around the world have it worse than we do. I attended the National Day of Prayer with my Catholic friend on May 1st. We both are religiously and politically involved. We have some great conversations.

    1. There are many atrocities that have been done in the name of religion, on all sides. You can’t get more tragic than what is going on with Meriam Yehya Ilbrahim. How many people were killed as heretics in the history of Christianity over the centuries? We thankfully live in a country where we no longer follow such brutality. Many people from Europe came to America to avoid religious persecution.

      1. Atheists killed more people in the 20th century than all of the people killed in religious strife before that. Mao was the biggest mass murderer of all time. You know the facts. why you have to take every opportunity to twist history is beyond me, except progressives believe that the end justifies the means and that means lying, cheating, and stealing are O.K.

      2. Bad people do bad things. There is no book that tells atheists to kill. The Bible, the Koran, and the Torah all give specific instructions on capital punishment.
        Stalin & Mao killed for power. Religious radicals kill because their religion tells them to, or at least that is how they justify it.

      3. There are a bunch of books telling atheists to kill. Try reading the Marxists. What do you think they meant and still mean when they say revolution? To paraphrase Marx “the first step on the road to communism is atheism.”…..They are all for killing.

      4. I have never heard anyone refer to anything Marx wrote as being the moral authority of all of mankind. I don’t follow Marx. I don’t know anyone who does.

        Marx is one person (who never claimed to be God) who is talking about revolution. They are not revolting because of atheism. He calls for revolution because of his perception of society’s ills, including the perception of a corrupt church which I assume added to his distrust of religion.

        I know of no atheist in America today who wants communism or advocates for killing anyone. Perhaps you can name one. You are making an issue where one doesn’t exist. I can point out, right here on this blog, where recently an Iowa pastor wrote of making Biblical laws that called for killing homosexuals and adulterers because of his religious beliefs.

      5. Do you remember the Beatles song about evolution and not revolution? What do you think they were talking about? Remember the Hippies, where do you think they went? Don’t you know that the diversity taught in schools today is Marxism? If you don’t read anything you wouldn’t know what is going on. You have heard of post-Christian society or post-modern society?

      6. So any one who disagrees with you is a Marxist? You seem to see a conspiracy theory around ever burning bush. I don’t.

        You seem to want a theocracy. Do you think homosexuals should be stoned?

  3. The best and only way to serve God is to pick up that Cross and the ONLY way to find the courage and strength to do this is by prayer, in conversation with Him. I was the average “chicken” in years past, being concerned too often with being polite. Now, I understand the definition of polite does not mean failure to tell the truth because I have learned that using His words rather than too much personal experience, will always be polite and carry more weight than most personal comments. It was frightening in the beginning, because I was wrapped up in personal concern, embarrassment. No longer. Every time you overcome that fear when sticking your neck out for Him – you become stronger and over time much better at standing for Him. Honestly, it seems selfish because you end up feeling better when you do!

    1. Your “truth” is based on faith. All you have to do is look at all the denominations and various Bible versions to see that most people do not agree with what “truth” is.

  4. Just curious… What is the criteria for having a comment go into the “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by Caffeinated Thoughts” mode?

  5. Bruce Van, there are two chapters in Leviticus that speak of homosexuality. Leviticus 18 it says “thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind it is an abomination.” In Leviticus “if a man also lie with a man as he lies with a woman both have committed an abomination…” Romans 1:25-27 also addresses homosexuality. One of the reasons Sodom was destroyed was that homosexuality was rampant.

    1. It also says you should stone people for many, many things. You can’t pick and chose. Eating lobster was considered an abomination. A woman could be stoned for not being a virgin. A woman had to marry her rapist. The list goes on and on.

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