On the topic of same sex marriage and God- I don’t know that anyone says it better than Jim Dennsion: http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/1114-christians-labeled-anti-gay-and-judgmental-4-responses
“Do whatever would most persuade non-believers to consider Jesus. Do you think Michael Sam is more or less likely to want the faith of those who protest at his games?”
Think about it. Sometimes we Christians sound so angry. We badger people about our “rights as Christians”— even though Christ made it clear this world is not our home- our home is in the Kingdom of Heaven. What we are to do is to reach as many souls with His love as possible: to join us in the Kingdom of Heaven. He made it clear we would face persecution and opposition. He didn’t promise us “rights”.
Are we loving others with our actions and our words; or as Jim Dennison says, are we keeping “our “salt” in the saltshaker, our light under a basket (Matthew 5:13-16)?
Who will believe in Jesus because of your testimony today?”
“God makes confetti out of our status and titles to celebrate His love for humble people.”
Wow, ouch. It’s so tempting to try to climb the ladder, or talk yourself up to make yourself look good.
But Jesus says to humble ourselves and wait to be exalted by His power alone.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
I have been to Perry Noble’s church in South Carolina. He is kind, loving, and practices what he preaches.
Check out this article on being overwhelmed in Pastoral Ministry. It’s good.