A pastor watches the news. Gay Pride month. Homosexual marriage. Teaching about homosexuality in schools. Romans 1:26-27 blares in his mind. Something about God giving over people to their dishonorable passions because they exchanged natural relations for those contrary to nature.
He paces the floor in his study and realizes he can no longer remain silent. So, the next Sunday he speaks on this portion of the Bible. As well as Leviticus 18:22 about not lying with a male as a man would with a woman. And 1 Corinthians 6:9 where the Bible calls out men who practice homosexuality.
The next week, a group of protestors pound on his office door and accuse him of hatred. He’s spread hate speech about others. How could a preacher who’s supposed to speak the love of God spew hatred from the pulpit? They demand an apology and that he retracks his words.
The preacher is shocked. Did he actually show hate to homosexuals? He sits in a corner of his church and prays. Lord, you are a God of love. Help me.
Then the Lord tells him something amazing. First of all, the words he spoke weren’t his own but God’s. He was merely a messenger of the Almighty. He preached the truth from the Bible. God doesn’t speak words of hate but of love. “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1John4:16
Secondly, the group of disgruntled people were asking him to disobey God and take back his words. The angry folks communicated two wrongs in their message. What they asked of the preacher was based on a lie.
The preacher had a choice. Disobey God and please the people or stand for what God’s word says. What will you do with the truth next time?