Can true Chris­tians cel­e­brate Easter and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity?

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Kirk Franklin

Easter com­mem­o­rates the ris­ing from the dead of Je­sus Christ in the Chris­tian faith. It is one of the holi­est times of the year for Chris­tians.

Un­for­tu­nately, we Chris­tians have al­lowed lib­er­als not only to re­move any­thing ac­knowl­edg­ing God from the public square, but we have also seem­ingly be­come ashamed of our Chris­tian faith and val­ues and un­will­ing to fight for them.

Today’s church has be­come as the sound­ing brass or the tin­kling cym­bal; full of sound and fury sig­ni­fy­ing noth­ing.

Where was the out­rage when lib­eral dunce and co-host of "The View," Joy Be­har equated our Chris­tian­ity to a “men­tal ill­ness?” Many white lib­er­als are anti-God, so Be­har’s words did not sur­prise me; but to have Sherri Shep­pard and Sunny Hostin, both who are black, cosign­ing for Be­har was stun­ning.

Last year, President Trump met with a group of Chris­tian min­is­ters who laid hands on Trump when they prayed for him; the ridicule from the me­dia and lib­er­als spread like wild­fire.

So, it seems to be open sea­son on at­tack­ing Chris­tians, but let some­one like me, say that ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is in­com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian­ity and watch the ha­tred that gets di­rected to­wards me.

Why is it that you can’t get a straight an­swer out of peo­ple like T.D. Jakes as to his views on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and the church? If you can glean from him where he stands on this is­sue, please let me know.

Too many “self-de­scribed” Chris­tians like Jakes and Kirk Franklin are so con­cerned about their ho­mo­sex­ual base that they are too afraid to stand on what the Bi­ble says.

Where are award-win­ning gospel artists and talk show hosts like Yolanda Adams or Mary Mary? Don’t they have an obli­ga­tion to de­fend their faith when it is vi­ciously be­ing at­tacked and den­i­grated by lib­er­als?

They have been given a public plat­form, but they have re­fused to use it. For­mer President Obama re­vealed his sup­port for same-sex mar­riage and the black church came down with a se­vere case of laryn­gi­tis.

There was a time when the church, as an in­sti­tu­tion, and preach­ers were highly re­garded. Not any­more.

Many churches and preach­ers have turned into so­cial clubs, who are des­per­ately seek­ing ap­proval and ado­ra­tion from the; ver­sus stand­ing up for their val­ues and prin­ci­ples they claim to be­lieve in.

In 2013, the lib­eral Pope Fran­cis fa­mously said, “Who am I to judge,” when asked about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Well, the Bi­ble is pretty clear. Para­phras­ing Matthew 7:16, “you will know a tree by the fruit it bears.”

Far too many Chris­tians spend far too much time apol­o­giz­ing for their faith and their be­liefs, in­stead of de­fend­ing them.

Every group or or­ga­ni­za­tion is founded upon a shared set of val­ues that ev­ery­one ral­lies around. In or­der to be a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Public Ac­coun­tants (AICPA), you must be a CPA or have a four year de­gree in ac­count­ing. You can’t be an English teacher and de­mand mem­ber­ship. Your back­ground is in­com­pat­i­ble with mem­ber­ship in the AICPA.

You can’t be a mem­ber of Tall Clubs In­ter­na­tional (TCI) un­less you are at least 6’2” for men and 5’10” for women. If you don’t meet these re­quire­ments, then your de­fi­cient height makes you in­com­pat­i­ble for mem­ber­ship in this or­ga­ni­za­tion.

If you are a male, you can­not join a soror­ity; and if you are a fe­male, you can’t join a frater nity. You don’t meet the re­quire­ments for mem­ber­ship.

Thusly, if you are a ho­mo­sex­ual, you can­not be a Chris­tian in good stand­ing in the church. I am fed up with preach­ers re­fus­ing to state this ob­vi­ous ten­ant of the Chris­tian church.

Let me again say for the record, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian­ity. Yes, we serve a for­giv­ing God, but part of for­give­ness is tur ning from our wicked ways.

God will for­give you for ly­ing, but you must stop ly­ing; God will for­give you for adul­tery, but you must stop com­mit­ting adul­tery; God will for­give you for ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, but you must stop com­mit­ting acts of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

If you are not will­ing to change your be­hav­ior, then your life­style is not com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian­ity. It’s just that sim­ple.

I of­ten tell my ho­mo­sex­ual friends that they don’t de­serve spe­cial treat­ment, be­cause of their sex­ual pref­er­ences; but they do de­serve equal pro­tec­tion be­cause of their hu­man­ity.

So, when my lib­eral friends at­tempt to re­but me by say­ing “sin is sin and God doesn’t judge one sin more harshly than oth­ers;” I agree with them 100 per­cent.

My re­but­tal to them is, of all the sins listed in the Bi­ble, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is the only one that peo­ple are try­ing to le­gal­ize. No one is try­ing to le­gal­ize ly­ing, mur­der, or adul­tery. That’s the dif­fer­ence.

I hope Chris­tians will stand up for what the Bi­ble says and no longer be in­tim­i­dated by the lib­eral sec­u­lar­ists.

Ray­nard Jack­son is founder and chair­man of Black Amer­i­cans for a Bet­ter Fu­ture (BAFBF), a fed­er­ally reg­is­tered 527 Su­per PAC es­tab­lished to get more Blacks in­volved in the Repub­li­can Party. BAFBF fo­cuses on the Black en­tre­pre­neur. For more in­for­ma­tion about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can fol­low Ray­nard on Twit­ter @Ray­nard1223.

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