Would the Real Church in Houston Please Stand Up??
Chances are in our community, when you think of Houston you think of two things: mega-churches and sangers (“sangers,” because they can sang!). Off the top of my head, I can think of a few mega-pastors and several Gospel singers who dwell in the area. This would logically lead to there being a large Christian populace there. Apparently, 53.79 percent of Houston identifies as Christian so why then, does the city have an openly lesbian mayor who is turning her sights to attacking the Church? Mayor Annise Parker has subpoenaed a group of ministers hand over their sermons that reference “homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker.” All who refuse to comply could be held in contempt of court (TPNN).
I guess that argument “what people do in their bedrooms is their business” just got thrown out the window right about now.
What’s Done in the Dark Gets Yelled in the Light
What’s done in secret always comes out into the light. We often think of this in terms of God exposing someone, but sometimes, people are so happy in their disobedience, that they don’t recognize their blindness and expose themselves.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (II Corinthians 4:3, 4)
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)
Don’t think you can separate the unrepentant from their sins; only Jesus’ blood can do that. But until that time, the sins of a man or woman absolutely affect the other areas of their life, or in this case, the governing of a city. Unrepentant disobedience demands the justice of God and that justice, after grace is expired–and it does expire!–is wrath.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6, see 5-7 for full context)
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience… (Colossians 3:6, see 5-7 for full context)