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Friday, January 24, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Corinthians 6:9-11(NASB)
9 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Please note the second word of verse 11. Were. Past tense. Ain't no more. All those things are within God's power to remove from our lives. We're getting the monthly round of fundi-bashing with the removal of consideration of a somewhat over-the-top evangelical to an AIDS advisory council; the idea that homosexuality is reversible irks some, such as Andrea Harris here-"Then faster than you could say "Mario Andretti in a souped-up Lamborghini" the we-should-cure-the-homosexuals (how, with a magical spell?) guy says 'Nope, not me, I'm not going to do it.'". Harris wasn't the only one expressing that general idea, but her post hit my send button. It isn't The Force or some proper incantation to bring the inherent mana of the region to bear, but the Holy Spirit that can transform people from the inside. It's fairly old hat to use a 12-step program to beat substance abuse, invoking a generic God of the user's choice. How much better than an unspecified Higher Power is a God who takes an active interest in the believer's life. He can help people lick drugs and alcohol and, if the person wants to, help them move away from homosexuality. It doesn't always work, for some habits, especially sexual ones, are very hard to break and many people don't want to change, especially if they are open to the idea of taking the Bible on a a-la-carte basis and ignore the passages that bash their bad habits. Remember, please, lest the secularists have a field day, that God loves everyone, including the people who are doing the things on that list in verses nine and ten. He may hate the things we do, but He still loves us. God loves [insert homophobic pejorative], he just hates what they are doing with their bodies. God loves crackheads, he hates what they are doing with their bodies. God loves the greedy, but hates how they are focusing their lives on material possessions and not on Him. Remember that through that love, He has the power to change those bad habits.

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