Christians are often accused of being reactive versus proactive. Instead of anticipating an opportunity, we oftentimes miss chances to be “salt” and “light” in today’s world.
Publicity is currently underway for “Gay Pride” events in cities across America. “Coming to a theater near you” are well-funded programs promoting the LGBTQ agenda. A generation ago, the idea of citywide celebrations featuring homosexual, lesbian and transgender themes was basically unheard of except in some liberal locations.
Not anymore. Since former President Barack Obama declared June as the first “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month” in 2009, there has been an explosion of gay-oriented festivities in cities across America. As president, he was a passionate advocate for gay-related issues and helped legitimize a lifestyle that previously was identified with sin, shame and social stigma.
When we hear about upcoming gay pride activities in our city, what should we do?
• “Isaiah 3:9 talks of people who ‘declare their sin as Sodom; they hide it not.’ This is an apt description of the brazenness of today. We need to steer clear of association with debauchery.”
• “But when Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance'” (Matt.9:12-13).
• “I’ve got enough to do without being concerned with gay people. Who cares?”
I’ve gone to 15 gay pride events because I believe it is God’s will for me. It’s not necessarily for everybody, as individuals must be careful due to nudity, drugs and offensive behavior. There are also levels of Christian maturity.
Here’s the deal: attendance or avoidance of gay pride events is an individual matter requiring the leading of the Holy Spirit. To make a biblically informed decision, prayerfully consider five reasons why I go with the approval of leaders and covering of intercessors.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 43 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Click (here) for his “Here’s the Deal” weekly podcast.