The nation is becoming more and more polarized, and, in my opinion, there is no greater polarizing issue than that of same-sex marriage.  My own view as a Christian is that sin is sin.  And, as a Christian, I do not choose to love on the basis of whether or not a person is living in sin–if that were the case I, the chief of sinners (as Paul described himself), could not love myself.  All of my friends are sinners, some saved by grace, others lost in their sin.

The Bible contains a long list of sins, some of which can be found in 1 Cor 6:9, 10.  While I’m not guilty of the entire list, I must confess my guilt to some of the sins on it (sorry, no specifics.)  In the eyes of God, sin is sin.  But the REALLY GOOD NEWS is found in the succeeding verse, “And 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.” 

So, here’s my point: we can not legislate morality, and we should not legislate immorality.  Do I accept sinners?  Of course!  Can I accept their sin?  And, by that, I’m asking, “Can I condone their sin?”  Of course not!

To paraphrase an old cliché, “Some of my best friends are sinners!”  And you can insert whatever sin you’d like in place of the word “sinners.” 

It’s not gay marriage that’s polarizing us; it’s sin.  I’m sorry if I offend, but the message of Christ crucified is, itself, is a stumbling block and an offense (I Peter 2:8).

Meanwhile, battle lines are being drawn, and polarizing statements are flowing.   My answer is, “I choose Christ, having been washed, sanctified and justified in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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