Leave Jesus’ name out of it
In the Sunday Advocate of July 1, 2018, Fr. Clifford Hall lambasts Rev. Vincent Wood and John Goddard for their recent stand against same-sex marriage and generally opposing the current trend towards homosexuality. Nothing wrong with that. A man should defend his opinion.
In concluding his piece Time To Live Free From Shame, Fr Hall encourages the local LGBT group to “assert yourselves unapologetically. Write your letters…hold public Christian services…don’t be afraid. There are those who will support you – in the name of Jesus”.
That stumped me – the final phrase “in the name of Jesus”. Sure, do your weird stuff, but in the name of Jesus? Which Jesus? Not the one who declared publicly that “I and my Father are one”, meaning that He and God shared the same values, ideas and thoughts.
So it couldn’t be the same Jesus who was one with the God when He ordered the destruction of Sodom because “the men of the city were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly”. The sin? Homosexuality that was rampant, violent and boundless. Anyone passing through Sodom was likely to be a victim of unbridled gang-rape.
Nor could it be the Jesus who was one with God when through Moses He directed the Israelites not to “lie with mankind as with womankind – it is an abomination”. Abomination? Exceptionally loathsome, sinful, wicked or vile. So vile, that in those bad old days it got you stoned to death.
So, which Jesus? Not the one who, with His finger squarely on the pulse of the future, accurately predicted that “many will come in My name… and shall deceive many.” Jesus was warning us about deliberate deception by people who should know better.
Hall is not convinced that God will punish anybody for not following common sense laws. He is “still waiting for the divine tsunami to hit the 26 nations that have so far adopted (samesex marriage)”. He should read the Bible and history. Some consequences take generations.
Noah warned his similarly cynical generation for over 100 years before the tsunami came. Various prophets urged Israel to straighten up their corrupted lifestyle (including homosexuality) for hundreds of years before they went into slavery. It has taken us 100 years to begin seeing the devastating effects of the industrial revolution. God, in His goodness, usually gives us ample time to see the foolishness of our ways. He works overtime to get us back on track.
But tsunamis are odd beasts. They start way out in the ocean as a minor disturbance, a mere ripple on the surface. God help you when they reach the shore.