by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
These are days when the winds are blowing against those who have a high view of scripture. We are required to swim upstream against the current. We do not believe that any group of people should be reviled or despised because of the color of their skins, their language, their location or cultural practices that are different from ours. But we believe that there is both right and wrong. “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God.” (III John 11). We are blessed to have the Ten Commandments and the other moral laws that accompany them; the teachings of Jesus; the counsel of the whole Bible. An atmosphere of political correctness is suffocating intellectual dialogue in the United States. Many have grown so discouraged that they are reluctant to offer their opinion on any import topic. Christians are expected to keep their mouths shut regarding their beliefs.
Dr. Ben Carson is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He came to the attention of many because at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year he gave a bold and courageous address of his beliefs. He was recently invited to give the annual Commencement Address for the students at John Hopkins University. A group of students have petitioned that he be banned because he has beliefs that they disagree with! Are not universities to be places where many points of view can be considered, and people are allowed to make up their own minds?
Much of the media in America today is carrying on a blitzkrieg—a hurricane of frenzy that all should consider those who engage in homosexual practice as noble, exceptional, to be especially worthy of respect. Our leading newspapers present article, after article, after article, promoting a homosexual lifestyle and homosexual marriage—and they expect all of us to go along with it. We can be gracious, we can be loving, we can be thoughtful, we can be considerate (as we should)—but we cannot depart from what we know the Bible teaches. The Christian community is going through difficult times. Too many are finding it easier to “throw in the towel” and go along with what is temporarily popular today. We do not like the way the winds are blowing right now, but we should not be surprised. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”(IPeter 4:12,13)
In spite of the fact that some deny it—the scriptures teach that homosexual practice is wrong, just as fornication and adultery are wrong. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins—not to glorify them—or to teach us that they don’t matter.
Jesus has taught us that we can reject and despise sin without rejecting and despising the sinner. There are times when we are called to be courageous. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you whenever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note
Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth.
He is currently Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA. He is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. He is the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, which he established with others in 1981. Green Leaf Press, Inc. publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences. The website is:www.gogreenleaf.com. He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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