Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Hot Topics... Gay Rights/Marriage
'Teacher, which is the greatest Commandment in the Law?'

Jesus replied: ' 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 'This is the first and greatest Commandment. And the Second is like It: ' 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments.'
Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
First let me say, I have two gay cousins. Recently, one ran a strong campaign for mayor of Charleston, SC.*

Before it was outlawed or legalized, she and her partner married in Charleston. She invited my dad and his brother (her uncles), as they lived in the city, and both of her parents had passed away.

These two elderly Southern gentlemen were conservative and raised in the church. While they didn't get gay marriage, they went... to express their unconditional love.

Because unconditional love transcends. It rises above lesser things, like intolerance and condemnation.

I won't judge select individuals. My eyes can't see into the human heart. Neither will I judge particular groups. I'm not God's class action prosecutor.

Knowing my own state of imperfection, I must drop all stones of accusation.**

I believe love is God's top Commandment. Although I still have a long way to go, love is the race I am trying to win.

## Hot Topics... Gay Rights/Marriage (Part 30)

* Ginny Deerin is my first cousin, and she has spent her life trying to help disadvantaged children and facilitate good government:

** Sin list: 667 referenced sins:

** I believe the best Teacher to convict us of our personal sins is God's Holy Spirit. He is patient and gentle. If Christians treat others with hatred, why would they want to join Christ's church? And if they don't become part of Christ's church, how will they receive His Spirit? We're supposed to preach Good News: love, forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation. Shouldn't the church correct its own? Yes, but that unique job must be done by the most humble and gentle saints within it. I'm not there yet.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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