I'm a Christian - I Cannot Stay Silent Anymore

I became a Christian 7 years ago.  After this conversion of faith, I have grown in many ways, including my continual understanding of the Bible.  I do not usually post things like this.  I hate confrontation; despise it, actually.  Since starting college this past August, I've conditioned myself to remain silent.  When topics such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control are brought up in discussion, I say nothing because I fear what trivial argument will follow.  I was wrong to stay silent.  Those "trivial" arguments are anything but trivial; they are the topics that are ripping our country apart.  I am tired of hiding my opinion; I'm tired of the fear that has developed because of people who see my views as judgmental or hypocritical. I'm angry; I'm angry at the people who have no concerns for a Christian's obsolete opinion; and I'm angry at myself for being silent.  I am a believer of the God who is bigger than all of you, and I was created to speak His name.

First let's define what a Christian is. I've learned that the idea of a Christian has been tainted and disfigured by our culture, and frankly, by those "Christians" who just go to church. A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus Christ came from Heaven to die on a cross to save them from their sins, and has a continual relationship with Him that far extends the walls of a church.  To a Christian, a sin is anything that goes against God or his commands.  Sinning can be lusting, lying, cheating, sexual immorality and other physical actions, and it can also be a delay or absence of obedience towards a command from God. This command can come from a written verse in the Bible, or a conviction that a person may feel in a certain situation; one could also consider a conviction a "call to action".  A true Christian, one who has a relationship with God, believes every single word of the Bible.  I want to make that clear:  a Christian believes every miracle, number, name, command and event that is told in the Bible.  You cannot be a Christian and disagree with any verse in the Bible.

Having said all of that, I'm going to show you biblical proof for why I disagree with a couple of the huge topics being discussed in our culture today.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[c] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

For those of you who hold the belief that the only reference to homosexuality being a sin in the Bible is Sodom and Gomorra, you're wrong.  The apostle Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament and in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy, he lists multiple sins for the audience and one of them includes homosexuality.  Yes, being gay is a sin just like being a thief, an adulterer, or being greedy is a sin.  Now, before you go on the ever popular "the Bible is not a credible source" rant that I just love, you should know that I do not care (in this moment) if you believe the Bible or not.  As I expressed in paragraph 2 of this post, if someone claims to be a Christian, they must believe every single word of the Bible.  I am standing before all of you claiming to be a Christian, I believe every single word that the Bible holds.  The verse above is found in the Bible, and I believe it. So, what does that mean?  I believe that being gay is a sin because I am a Christian, and as a Christian, my duty is to follow the Word of God, and the Word of God tells me that homosexuality is a sin. But the Word of God also tells me that I am just as sinful as anyone who practices homosexuality, that I was like you:  sinful, dirty and full of hate for things of God.  Just as I believe that homosexuality is a sin, I also believe what the second part of the passage above says: "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God".  I believe that you can be redeemed from any sin, because I'm a Christian, and as a Christian, it is my duty to follow the Word of God, and the Word of God tells me that ALL can be saved. This is when I start to care if you believe the Bible or not.

This next cultural topic is touchy.  Abortion has been on the minds and hearts of many over the years and, just like homosexuality, I've remained silent.  I ardently believe that abortion is wrong.  I think it is wrong to abort a child after having premarital sex, or even marital sex for that matter.  Who are we, mere humans, to decide when a life should end.  My pastor put it this way:  "You cannot make a 2nd wrong choice, after having made a 1st wrong choice". I know what you're thinking, "what about those women who were raped, you judgmental, insensitive hypocrite".  And you thought you were going to get away with that; you thought you had found a loop hole to my argument: nice try. I have never been raped, I have never known anyone who has been raped, but I know young children who are the product of a rape, and I know adults who are the product of rape, and they are the most amazing Christians I know.  If someone who had been raped came to me and asked me what I think they should do since I disagree with abortion, I would say that redemption and freedom are found in the story held in the Bible.  I would say that God is far bigger than this sick tragedy they have been through and that the child that they are carrying deserves to know the truth of Jesus just as much as they do. Psalm 106:10 says, "So he saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy". God can be your strength, even in a time when the worst has been done to you. That may not be enough for you.  If that response does not satisfy you, as I'm sure most of this post will not, then I unfortunately cannot do anything about that.

The fact of the matter is that this world is expecting Christians to bow down to the way things are.  This culture is waiting for us to just give it up and see that times are changing and that our crazy old manuscript of tales is not applicable anymore.  Do you really expect me to walk away from God and ignore verses here and there just so we can all "be happy"? Why is it that Christians are the ones who must leave all they believe behind? I do not regret to inform you that true Christianity is not dead.  Somewhere in the hills of Kentucky and the plains of Missouri lies a church practicing the truths of the Bible.  There are Christians in Seattle, New York, Atlanta and every other major city in America that week-by-week are learning to trust God more, and more.  Christians are still here; we are not extinct;  we have a voice! I cannot sit back and let the world disregard my God.

You're disgusted? You're appalled that a group of people can ignore the facts of science and government and count all that as vain just to believe in a God that doesn't even exist?  I'm not sorry that I offended you.  I can't be sorry for telling you the truth.  I tell you the truth out of love. I want you to believe in the God I believe in; I want you to know Him and experience His love each and everyday of your life.  Because I love you, and because I want the absolute best for you, I cannot support sins that will only make you temporarily happy when I know that there is eternal happiness waiting for you to explore.  The God who created the whole Universe sent His son to die a barbaric death for your sins, and the love he displayed through sacrifice, is the love that you can know.