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Monday, August 11, 2014

Culture Shock - What is American Coming to...Self Gratification?

Culture Shock

What is America coming to? We accept sexual explicit television, commercials, movies and behavior. Family is no longer cherished. What is cherished? Self gratification. Everyone knows that sex sells.  Many people simply think that life is about indulging in pleasure. Why? Because, it is immoral and this is a fallen world.

Bible teacher and pastor Chip Ingram helps us navigate the cultural issues that divide us. Gay marriage, abortion—is there a way to discuss these issues with people who disagree with us? Can we present truth and not be perceived as hateful? The Bible tells us that sexual immorality is a sin. There is no greater or lesser. Homosexuality is as much a sin as is adultery or fornication. It is not a born in trait. It is a choice as is the choice to commit any other kind of sexual sin or sin...

Some time back, if you care to check, I wrote on how, from my perspective as a doctor of Social Psychology, homosexuality is a behavior that is socially embedded. I refrain from saying learned unless the child lives with homosexual parents. It is a behavior that is socially embedded through social interaction. Firstly, social interaction with parents as their expectations for gender preferences in their child/children are not met. Second, is disappointment in the opposite spouse not meeting expectations. From there, social information, now corrupted by unfair or unmet expectations, is embedded in the child. I wrote extensively on this and if you care to read it, just refer to that earlier post.
For now, I simply want to impress on readers that homosexuality is a behavior that is prohibited by God.
Today I heard the best and most practical argument from pastor Chip Ingram. Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, Calif., and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over 30 years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is author of many books, including God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and live in California.

The best argument being that we can all have behavior problems socially implanted/embedded that stem from this fallen world/sinful nature which we acquired from Adam and Eve. However, we have been atoned for our sin through the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ. Knowing that when God looks at us, He sees His Son, we no longer have the desire to sin. Are there Christians we continue to sin knowing this? Yes, because we are in this fallen world. What is important is to recognize our sin and run toward God not away from Him. The more we do this, acknowledge our sin, run to the Lord- to His Love, the less we will sin/want to sin.
Asking people around us to accept our sin as normal behavior is wrong. We need to ask for their help, their prayers and mostly to remember that God forgives and loves us.
Pastor Ingram tells us, in summary, that by asking people to accept our sin, we involve them in our sin. For example, by asking someone to help us steal something makes them an accessory.

What is the way forward for homosexuality, which is no more than 1% of the population given that most stats that show 10% come from an older report? The way forward for Christians is to stop sinning by knowing that homosexuality is immoral and is a sin.
For those who are not Christian and Christians as well who wish to change their behavior, they should seek counseling which advocates healthy social and sexual interaction with people of the opposite sex.

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