Monthly Archives: March 2013

What equality are we asking for? The equal right to marry who you love right? So the logic follows ‘if we love each other we should have the right to marry.’ If that’s the case should polygamy and incest should be fought for as well? If they love each other should they have equal rights? If two 13 year olds think they are mature enough for a consensual marriage, should they fight for their rights? – Lecrae

So as I was scouring Facebook a little while ago, I came across this post by my absolute favorite Christian rapper Lecrae.

Looking at the comments, its easy to tell that this country is divided, and with Proposition 8 being debated in the Supreme Court this week, the argument for gay marriage has become more forthright than ever.

Here is how I see it plain and simple: homosexuality is a sin. Now just because I think it is wrong doesn’t mean I hate gays, because I do believe that we are called to love one another just as God loves us.  

If what everyone is preaching is coexistence, how come the Christians are allowed to “coexist” with their own thoughts and opinions.  Just a thought.

Anyways, back to Lecrae.  He makes some very solid points.  If we have treated the union between man and woman as a rightful marriage for thousands of years, wouldn’t a totally “equal” marriage reform involve those “in love” with relatives or with multiple significant others? If the whole aim is for everyone to be equal, then shouldn’t we include these things?

I believe that God created man to be united with women exclusively in the covenant of marriage.  Honestly, I don’t have a problem with men loving men and women loving women, but but they should stay away from marriage.

My advice to anyone joining in on the debate: show the love of Christ to those who you speak to.  Many may be lost, and hateful words never solve anything.  Through all of this I pray that people start to see how much we cannot survive on our own. We all sin, we all need a Savior.

 

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The Beautiful Letdown.

What’s going on guys and gals, it has been a while. Spring Break was fantastic, got to spend time with family and friends.

Anyways, as my title foreshadows, this post is going to be sort of about this song that just recently been getting back into by Switchfoot. It’s an oldie though for sure. Here is a piece from the lyrics that has just stuck out to me.

“We are a beautiful letdown, painfully uncool. The church of dropouts, the losers, the sinners, the failures, and the fools. Oh what a beautiful letdown. Are we salt in the wound? Let us sing one true tune.”

To God, all of humanity is a letdown. We were created as a perfect being who’s sole purpose was to glorify Him. Yet we sinned, and we were forced to be separated from God because of our sin. It’s completely rational to thing that maybe this pissed God off a little bit. How could humanity defy the Creator? That is why we are a letdown.

But it doesn’t stop there. God never gave up on us. Sure we made a mistake, but he gave us a second chance through Christ. Since that day in the Garden of Eden when sin began, He has never stopped pursuing us. That is what I think is so incredible. Even the murderers and the complete scumbags, he loves.

That’s why I think God sees of us as the “beautiful letdown”. Yeah, we messed up and continue to mess up everyday. Still, He loves us, and sees each one of us as what we really are, His beautiful creation. Through the façades and the faces we try to put on for people, He knows who we really are.

I hope this perspective encourages y’all as much as I have been encouraged. Whenever you are in the midst of a trivial letdown or discouragement, attempt to see what God sees, the beauty of what can really be.

//Jesse//

Trust Issues.

Trust. It’s a vital component to any relationship. In a human to chair relationship, the human must trust that the chair will hold him or her up. If chairs had feelings and emotions they would have to trust that the human would not exceed its weight limit or something along those lines ( I don’t know how chairs think).

In the same way, my girlfriend and I, the past 2 years we have been dating, have built a trusting bond with each other. She trusts that I won’t do anything to bring harm to our relationship,and I trust her to do the same.

Our relationship with God should involve a lot of trust as well.

One of my greatest struggles is not trusting God to the extent that I know I should trust Him. After all, he is God, so what keeps us from putting 100% of our trust in Him? For me at least, this can be answered by one phrase “I am human”. My sinful pride gets in the way, ALL THE TIME. Constantly I do not trust God, because I feel like I can do it on my own. The painful reality is that I can try all I want to be truly successful on my own, but I will never reach it.

God is the Creator, he knows all that was, all that is, and all that is to come. It is pretty insane and mind blowing to think about, but after thinking about it, don’t we trust a lot of people and objects that have A TON less power than God? Like any relationship, if the trust isn’t there, really the relationship will not thrive.

So the whole moral of the story is to trust God. With anything. He’s a great listener. I hope that anyone who reads this that has these kind of “trust issues” know you’re not alone. I’m working everyday to let go of some of my own personal pride, and put more trust in the One who gave me life.

//Jesse//