Wednesday, September 01, 2004

A Christian's Moral Responsibility

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It has been said that the Bible is silent on issues concerning moral responsibility in regards to homosexual partners receiving medical benefits or the institution of marriage by same-sex partners, but I believe the Bible does speak of a Christian's Moral Responsibility.
Ephesians 6:5-9 - Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
1 Peter 2:18-19 - Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
Upon your first readings of Ephesians 6 and 1 Peter 2, you might miss the general application of these texts. Paul and Peter, both Apostles, lived in a time in which slavery was rampant. It is believed that of the 7.5 million people who lived in Rome, 2.5 million people were slaves. In the course of history, slavery was removed on account of Christendom in England and here in the United States, but note that neither Paul nor Peter take a stance against slavery in their writings. What is their principle? God's Word is telling us that we are to do good to all people regardless of the circumstance we live in.
Looking at how homosexuality has infected our society and the supposed rights they have living together in their sin, makes me sick! Am I too preach against it? You bet I am! Am I to try to change our government institutions in the way they are going, which is their nature, sin? I don't think so. My moral responsibility is the same as the slave, to do good to all people so that those around us and over us may see our good works and glorify God upon Christ's second coming.
What say you?

9 Comments:

At 7:30 PM, Blogger B said...

Man, you really got me thinkin' this time....... I need to chew on this one a while.

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Bert said...

I believe that our primary role/purpose is to serve God and then secondarily to serve others.

I don't think that this is in contrast with acting against society's ills. Some cultural customs and practices have contributed to the dehumanizing of whole people groups. This is certainly not serving or loving them.

The fundamental difference that I see between slavery and homosexuality is that slavery oppressed a people group. The denial of health benefits to same-sex partners does not oppress a people group like slavery did. It disallows financial help to those who have CHOSEN a way of life that does not fall into the category of legal (or Biblical) marriage.

We should love our neighbors -- whether they are of the same religion, race, or sexual orientation. And we must uphold God's truth. These are not mutually exclusive goals, but they take mighty efforts to accomplish.

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said, "Am I to try to change our government institutions in the way they are going, which is their nature, sin? I don't think so."

It sounds as if you are suggesting we do nothing in trying to change the government when it's policies contradict clear teaching in scripture? If this is what you are saying then I would have to disagree, in fact, I think it is because too many believers have sat idly by as the liberal thinkers have forced their agendas into the political and public square. Now more then ever, believers need to unite and speak out against such issues which serve to erode our freedoms.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

In response to the comment above, my point was that government like any other institution here on earth (not called the Church) will go the direction of sin in the long run. The general direction of society is to follow sin because their hearts are not regenerated. There may be good by having a Christian President like President Bush, but America will fall like every other great government before in that America thinks it is greater than any other and will always prevail. What did even President Bush say after 9/11? America will prevail. Guess what folks?! I know of only one God and King who promises to prevail and He is seen as the One on the throne in Revelation 5. He is the only One who will ultimately prevail. Are we going to change society to be what we desire it to be, godly? No. Our responsibility is to be Christ-like in our role in government and our role in life. We need to do good works because we have been saved by grace to do them (Eph. 2:10). Vote and stand up for the principles of God's Word.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

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At 10:19 PM, Blogger Greg said...

The Christian's Response
The Christian's responsibility is to confront the moral issues of our day, but not at the expense of calling non-believer's to faith in Christ. I like most believers abhor the decline of morality in our society. I know the homosexual, and abortion debates are hot buttons in most Christian circles. Having said that; we are called to evangelize the lost. I have not seen it written in scripture that homosexual immorality is worse than heterosexual immorality. It appears that scripture equally condemns both. 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,nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.1 Cor 6:9-10, But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,1 Tim 1:9-10 I think it is fair to say that the contemporary church has become so politically active in our thinking and response to homosexuals that we have forgotten how to think and respond biblically. I’m in no way trying to minimize the effects of homosexuality in our society. I’m simply pointing out that the methods employed to confront homosexuality alienates those who we are called to evangelize. These antagonistic methods are not limited to the homosexual heterosexual arena, but seemingly most of the moral issues of our day. The big question for all of us is did the Lord intend for the church to be an activist church, or an evangelizing church. I know there are some who will say both. Shouldn’t we let scripture guide us in all matters pertaining to faith and conduct? The first century church was faced with many of the same moral issues that we find today. The Apostle Paul wrote to Titus: Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. Titus 3:1-3 I did not become a Christian until I was in my mid thirties, however I don’t believe that my conversion was any more, or less effective than any one else. I do know it to be true of myself that I also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, Titus 3:3 I constantly have to remind myself that my condition was the same as the unregenerate.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I agree with Greg. Our passion to take hold of the political arena has lessened our desire to evangelize the lost. Let us do good works before all men and one of those being evangelism.

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Another Greg said...

Predestination aside... Christians used to be major players in the field of social architecture. It has only been during this "asleep at the wheel" period that immoral agendas have spun out of control. I think it's time we get back in the loop.

Infectious Christianity will never be about the things we separate ourselves from, but the divine moments we give ourselves to.

 
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