I came across a hilarious article at the Babylon Bee that sums up why I left the ELCA in my twenties.
24 z“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came,and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like aa foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell,and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” -Matthew 7:24-27 ESV
And so I’m stuck. Not only does God give me a list of right and wrong in his Word (and I have only scraped the list with the recent series on the word abomination), but he says that it is an abomination to call good evil and evil good.
God’s Word uses the same verbiage to describe excusing evil behavior and condemning good behavior that we see for male cult prostitution and murder.
It would be easier to say that Christianity is what’s popular among my sociopolitical peers, but I can’t pretend that God is more fond of divorce or merciless prosecution than he is of homosexual activity or murder.
I could have a lot more fun if I ignored the bar-centered culture of my region and pretended that God said it was just as impossible to be Christian and get drunk as it was to be Christian and worship an idol.
It would be easier to go through life if didn’t receive the endless drumbeat of teaching that we only got to use one legal and financial standard for all people.
I don’t get to shout about homosexual immorality in the culture and keep silent about the plague of heterosexual immorality from the porn industry, divorces, sex before marriage, remarriages any more than I get to say that the homosexual lifestyle is OK because God doesn’t know who he made or what he’s talking about.
I don’t get to decry the socialist theft from the 1% of land-owning Amerind tribes to redistribute their unearned inherited wealth and then justify stealing from the 1% of finance-owning people who worked to earn what they have and then redistributing it either, because there is to be one standard for the rich and the poor, and the standard must not be broken because I feel sympathy for one race over another, or sympathy for one social class and not another (basically I’m stuck as a flat taxer).
On and on we go.
But there is not other choice, not when standing on God’s Word means a life alone rather than a sinful partner, or when standing on God’s Word brings consequences even unto death. I don’t get to preach about ethical righteousness and ignore the commands to love my enemy and do good to those who persecute me.
Because the only sure foundation is God’s Word. Everything else is building on shifting sand.