Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, August 17th, 2020
Judgment: Gay Marriage
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?
1 Corinthians 5:12 (NIV)
As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one.'
Romans 3:10 (NIV)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 (NIV)
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business...
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV)
Love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV)
On earth, Jesus had better things to do than throw stones at a scandalous woman who clearly broke God's Laws about marriage.* 'For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him' (John 3:17).

Because every Law the Lord ever wrote was scorned by every man who ever lived.** Except One, and He loved us anyway.

If our heartfelt thoughts (like anger or lust) equate to murder and adultery, then I've broken all Ten Commandments. Even now, trying to follow Jesus, I've not experienced a sinless day. My eyes are not yet free of blinding beams.

Take a look at this documented list of 667 sins.*** I shrink to think how many I still break. I thank Jesus for His redeeming Blood, for His patience and mercy toward me.

If God says same-sex marriage is a sin, then what about 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5) pride? Or lies, complaint and materialism?

When gay marriage was hotly debated, then approved by our nation's highest court, U.S. Christians ranted and raved for months. I've rarely seen or heard such hateful words hurled in one accord by so many mouths.

So I ask you to consider three things:

1. A scornful Christian is not attractive. Instead, we're called to be ambassadors and show the fruit of the Holy Spirit.****

2. God didn't tell us to judge outsiders, nor to criticize governmental laws. Jesus demonstrated the opposite.

3. If the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, Who personally convicts and guides us, then bringing people to Christ is our goal.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Toward laws or leaders you don't like, don't fuss. You have bigger fish to fry: namely, repenting of your own sins, correcting your church brethren in love and becoming skilled fishers of men.

Through the kindness of your behavior, sinners (like you) may commit to Christ. Then the rest of it is up to God.

## Judgment: Gay Marriage (Part 32)

* Jesus and The Adulterous Woman:

** 'For whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all' (James 2:10).

*** Bible Studies, documented list of 667 sins:

**** The fruit of the Spirit:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 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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