Friday, February 25, 2011

Born this Way...or...Not?


I know I said that I was doing a series on being a better bible student, and I will continue those blogs. But, I cannot ignore an issue that’s spreading like wildfire, and I need to speak up about it. A week or two ago, Lady GaGa released the song, “Born this Way”, and performed it for the first time on the Grammy’s. It is currently the number one song in the nation, and it’s definitely no surprise.


Controversy fuels people’s ears as well as their hearts. It’s drawing people in with a catchy tune, and “uplifting” lyrics (“I’m beautiful in my way/ ‘Cause God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track baby/ I was born this way”). The homosexual theme is very prevalent in this song (“No matter gay, straight, or bi/lesbian or transgendered life/I’m on the right track baby/ I was born to survive”). It really distresses me that I’m seeing so many people, even Christians get swept up into this song. I keep hearing people talk about how great it is on Facebook, and everywhere else.

I’m getting highly irritated with other Christians. I cannot stand the fact that so many are just getting swept in by this craze, and forgetting all about being the “called out” and the example they’re supposed to set, and throwing all their morals away just to be “in” with the culture. I do admit that Lady GaGa is a very talented young woman. She definitely has a great voice, and very much musically inclined. But, that being said, she is being so intent on being immodest and throwing all good morals out the window. And, the homosexual agenda is high on her list.
Young ladies, you have to understand that while she is the hot and popular thing right now, she is not someone that Christians need to be emulating or supporting. She is pushing homosexuality (and an incredibly distorted view of sexuality in general) like crazy. In the song she says that God makes no mistakes. This is true, but not in the way she thinks it is.

We all know that God is the epitome of good. He is all things that are good, and pure. Since God is all things good and pure, He knows better than we what is right and what is wrong. In the bible God makes the point in many places that homosexuality is wrong. 1st Corinthians 6:9, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals…”. And we also read in Romans 1:16-17 another verse that refers to homosexuality: “That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” (NLT)


We see from these verses as well as other places in the bible that God DOES see homosexuality as WRONG. But, some might argue, what about the so called “gay-gene”? Is there such a thing? If such a thing does exist then that means that one cannot help it. I remember in my psychology class that I took at a previous school, my textbook said that many scientific studies have been done on whether it’s genetic or not. And, from what studies have been done, my textbook said that it all leads to one conclusion: environmental and social factors; meaning that something other than genetics makes them that way. For instance, I’ve seen a lot of cases where a male becomes gay for a lack of a real father figure in their lives. There’s no older man there to be an example for them. That can be one example. Another example is that a girl was hurt by other men so much in her life that she is totally turned off by them.


Also, there are many articles on the internet that can explain how homosexuality is more of a choice as a result of environmental issues and other things. Of all the reading I’ve done, all the articles say the same thing: there is no gay gene. Do a little research of your own and see what people say.

If this isn’t enough to prove that homosexuality shouldn’t be practiced, I want to bring up some other points. First off, Hollywood is not telling the truth about homosexuality. They glamorize it, and make it out to look appealing and completely normal. First off, did you know that domestic violence is HIGHER among homosexual couples? A certain website that I found showed statistics from the Dept. of Justice showed the rates of the amount of domestic violence, and the evidence was pretty sad. For women involved in lesbian relationships, the percentage of the violence was about 39%. Women in heterosexual relationships were very low by comparison at about 23% (1). For homosexual men the rate of domestic violence is 23% and the rate for heterosexual men is 7% (1).


Also, those in homosexual relationships are even more likely to get STDs (1). Even in what’s considered a “steady” relationship (1). Marriages/relationships also don’t last as long and the people in the relationships are more likely to cheat on their spouses than those in a heterosexual marriage (1). It is said that the reason for this is because many homosexuals for some reason are taught that marriage is mostly about sex. So, therefore, it can become an obsession and it can be hard for them to stay faithful. Married heterosexual women are about 85% percent more likely to be faithful, and heterosexual men are 75.5% more likely to stay faithful than homosexual men (1). With Homosexual men, the rate of staying faithful is 4.5 %.


Also, a person CAN come out of the homosexual lifestyle. I’ve heard numerous stories of those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ, and have overcome this sin. If this is not proof that one is not “born this way” I’d honestly like to know what is. If someone was born a certain way, than how can someone, no matter how much they would want to, change?


God knows more than we do what is right. We just need to trust Him that He knows what He’s doing (Prov. 3:5). I know that I’ve said this before, but, I honestly think that the main reason that God does not want us to sin is because He loves us and doesn’t want us to get hurt. We see above the bad things that can result from these kinds of relationships. It is so important that we just try to understand that God knows better than us. If we can’t accept what God wants, and understand that He knows better than us, then we are rejecting Him and His word. Plain and simple.


Ladies, what are we thinking? Homosexuality is all the rage nowadays, I know. But even if we just get enjoyment out of something about it, we’re contributing to the spread of it. Stop watching movies, reading, books, watching shows and listening to songs that are pushing this!!!! How do you think God feels when you get enjoyment out of a lifestyle God condemns? The more we allow ourselves to get immersed in unrighteousness, the more numb (or supportive) we’ll become of it. It may not seem like it, but by getting pleasure out of these things (even if you’re not doing it) you’re encouraging the spread of sin, and making others think you support this lifestyle. Romans 1:32 says that when one shows pleasure and encouragement of a sin (homosexuality is listed as one of the sins in some previous verses), they are “worthy of death”. We need to stop thinking about ourselves, and look at the bigger picture of God’s plan. God’s cause is more important than our own selfish interests and desires. God will not go easy on you in the end if you choose to reject what He says (Romans 2:8).


Girls, again I ask, what are we thinking? How on earth are we supposed to be good Christian examples to the rest of the world when we’re showing the world we support this lifestyle? Our voices aren’t getting drowned out. No, I think it’s just the opposite. Too many of us I think, are standing back and condoning everything that’s going on. So, therefore, one by one, we become quieter and quieter by our own choice. The more we stay quiet and get enjoyment of everything going on, the more we’ll find ourselves drifting away from truth. How do you think God is feeling right now when He looks down on our nation? I’m sure it hurts Him to know that so many who are supposed to be His are encouraging this. We need to wake up and stand up for what is right!

I know in this article I may have seemed harsh at some points, but, you have to understand that I care. That’s why I wrote this. I really find it so sad that so many Christians are just standing back and watching this all go down. It’s not right. We need to find our voices again. We need to show the love of Jesus Christ to those that need it. Homosexuals are no exception. Remember not to treat them like they’re worse than anyone else. We also need to be careful not to turn them away because we’re being cruel or hateful to them. I’m a huge believer that the love of God is what will win people over more than anything else. Never forget that being a Christian takes sacrifice. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you. I’m very certain that you can sacrifice getting swept up into culture’s lies created by Satan...no matter how "cool" it is.


I know this article is long, but I appreciate you sticking with me, and hearing what I have to say.
I hope you will strive to do God’s will. God bless!
Love,
Chelsea

-------


1-http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04C02 (Family Research Council)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Becoming a Better Bible Student Part 1


Currently in college, I am taking a class on how to be a better bible student. This class has been incredibly insightful so far, and it was definitely not was I was expecting. I definitely do see today that Christian teens and those in my age group don’t study enough, or don’t study at all. Therefore, this results in ignorance of God’s word, and young people not living for God the way that they’re supposed to.


To open up, one must remember that the bible is God’s Holy word. He inspired the writers of the bible to relay to us what he wants (2nd Timothy 3:16). Knowing this, we should hold it in the highest regard and WANT to study it. The bible is from God, and it’s His message to us about Him, and what He wants from us. Why shouldn’t we want to study it? The truth is, you will never know absolutely everything there is to know about the bible. I’ve heard even older bible students say that after so many years, they still have so much to learn. I find this too, even though I haven’t been studying for as long as they have. I’ve been studying my whole life, basically, and I keep finding out new things over and over again.


I just want to share some tips I’ve learned on being a better bible student. First off, the biggest thing is your attitude. To really get the most out of what God’s trying to tell you, your attitude must be correct. I see this so much. I see young people constantly having improper attitudes toward study and understanding of the bible.
First off, we cannot simply just go in to reading it to vindicate ourselves. When we go in to try to find anything to justify anything we’re involved in, you may not get the entire picture of what God wants, or miss the mark completely. For instance, (I know some might bash me for this, but it’s the truth) some might say that only belief in God is necessary to be saved. They go into the bible, and they find John 3:16. One then might assume it’s all you had to do. But, they fail to look at anything else. For instance, in James, it talks about faith and works (James 2:14-26). It talks about how faith and works go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. Simply saying you believe isn’t enough, because as it says in verse 19, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!” (emp. added). Wow, even the demons believe. That doesn’t mean that they do what God wants, though. For a Christian, that belief should encourage them to actually act on that faith and do as God commands.

You have to look at all the evidence side by side. No, these verses do not contradict one another. You have to put them together. The word of God all fits together perfectly. So what you get is that faith as well as doing as doing what God commands is absolutely necessary.

When studying the bible, one must throw away all preconceived notions. When you do this, it makes it easier for you to be open to whatever God says. The word of God can be understood by anyone. I hate to say it, but if anyone has told you that you can’t understand it, only a handful of people can, that’s a huge mistake. God wrote the bible for everyone’s salvation. If He didn’t want everyone to understand it, why did He state so many times that Jesus came to die for EVERYONE? And that He wants EVERYONE to be saved (2nd Peter 3:9)?

Now, that’s not to say that we’re not going to get confused sometimes. Every once in a while, we’re going to hit something we really don’t understand. But what we need to do is do what we can to FIND that answer. It really bugs me when I show a verse to someone to show them what the bible says, then they say don’t understand it, but yet they don’t care enough to find out more…and yet they claim to care about what God wants.

Honestly, I don’t believe we have any excuse not to understand the bible nowadays. I mean, think about it. During the middle ages, common people weren’t even allowed to look at a bible or even learn how to read. They just went by what a lot of the Lords and priests told them. They didn’t have any good access to information. Today, we have access to a WEALTH of information. We have computers, android phones, inventions like the iPad and Kindle, libraries with tons of books, PDAs, podcasts, even electronic bibles…the list goes on and on. If you think about it, God has blessed us with all of these things to help us understand the bible better. If you really want the answer to something, you can easily find it. There’s even a website that has all the verses of the bible. There’s one verse per page, and it gives quite a few different translations of that verse. Odds are, you’re going to easily understand one of the translations of the verse. I use this all the time when I’m trying to study or even write a blog article like this one.

In this series of lessons, I want to mainly discuss how to become a better student of the bible by changing our perspectives and attitudes. Only then can we really work towards being the best students of the bible that we can.

(Note: The book that we are studying from in my class is called How to Study the Bible by Kevin Rhodes if anyone wants to know where some of my information comes from)