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Hi y'all! My name is Kaylee! I am a twenty-something-year old midwestern girl by birth, southerner at heart, and life-long traveler! I am a follower of Jesus, wife of Joshua, avid reader, lover of baking & cooking, constant smiler, and pursuer of adventures in all shapes & sizes!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Exchanging God's Truth For A Lie

I'm a Christian. I love God. I thrive to show others God's love. I aim for that to be my daily mission on this earth. We don't have a lot of time here, so we might as well spend it honoring and glorifying God, and hopefully help leading others to Him in the process so that they can be saved. I am by no means perfect. I do not look at others' sins and think less of them. We all sin--whether it was a few days ago when I gave into the desire to gossip, or whether it be lustful thoughts I've had throughout this longggg engagement about being able to "become one" with my future husband after we are married in a few months (Yep, I just went there haha...being real)! Yes, I am human--I am flesh. I don't want to pretend that I have it all together because then I will be diminishing the need I have for Jesus in my life. The truth is, I NEED Jesus. I need Him because He offers me protection, refuge, and grace. I genuinely do not deserve such an unconditional love, packed full with forgiveness and peace, but man am I so thankful for it! I continue to fail and sin, day after day, because that's what we humans do. But to fall into the false notion that because we will always sin we should accept the sin is a wholeeee other sin in itself. But now I'm getting ahead of myself so let me open with a passage that is relevant.
"Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things, rather than the Creator who is forever praised. Amen...Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done...although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them" -Romans 1:22-32
Josh and I have been attending a Bible church, meaning in the sermons we are literally taking a few verses each week and breaking them a part. We LOVE this church because we are learning so much and feel like we are growing closer to God because we are looking so closely at His word. We spent the past two weeks really breaking up the above passage from Romans. I don't know about you, but I find that God intentionally uses things you are studying in the word to apply to your life so you can see JUST how omnipotent He is (not that we need proof)! For example, I have never seen this passage be more relevant than where I'm at today.

Last week, my mom called me, struggling because she wanted to share God's truth with a friend who was knowingly doing something he knew the Bible did not support. My mom turned to others around her and found that no one was going to point out to the friend what he already knew--what the Bible said and what he believed to be true. This friend was being pressured by society and others to do something he didn't believe in and NOT ONE of his Christian friends was holding him accountable. At the same time, I remembered Romans 1:32, where it states: "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them." This was the particular verse that I had found myself feeling convicted about only a few days before, so I shared it with my mom right away. I knew God had me in that sermon a few days prior to hear that particular message so I could share it with my mom, who was skeptical about helping her friend. For some reason, we have become so convinced that it is better to let our loved ones keep on sinning, rather than saying anything to the,. However this verse suggests to me that by not doing or saying anything, we are approving of their sin. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do is approve of my loved one's sin. Another verse that goes along with this is from Galatians 6:1, which states, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently." Now, does this mean every little thing your friend does that annoys you, you have the right to call her out on it? No! This means if someone is stuck in a sin and you are witnessing it and are in a clear place, you should help them by humbly pointing out the ways they might be going astray from God. This is something I feel our society of Christians is failing at because of the politically correct centered aspect of our country today. People are so afraid of offending every one that they would rather not say anything at all. This is hurting us! Galatians 1:10 says, "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." This life is not about us, it's aobut HIM! Here's the truth: being politically correct won't get you to heaven or save someone's soul. We need to be more concerned about being BIBLICALLY correct!

Another area I've seen this passage from Romans in society recently is actually in regards to my own school. If you know me, you know I've struggled at APU. I've never exactly felt safe in regards to my thinking on campus. It seems as if most my peers come to college and want to abandon any "traditional values" they might have received from their parents, thus adapting an "anything goes" outlook to awkwardly coincide with their Christian beliefs. As you can imagine, humanism or post-modernism alongside Christianity doesn't really make sense. Here is a clear example: this past week, a theology teacher at APU went to her boss and her classes and reported that she had decided to become a man over the summer. She said she had always struggled with the "gender assigned to her at birth." Thus, APU reportedly said she was not allowed to continue teaching, but would remain on contract until the summer. I respect APU for actually sticking to Biblical principles, however much of the community disagrees. Articles have been posted on abc, cbs, yahoo news, huffington post, buzzfeed, etc., leading to an outcry of LGBTQ members and supporters alike. There is an online petition up, asking for APU to become a "safe place" for such students. This is where I look to Romans 1, where it talks about exchanging God's truth for a lie. How can a teacher of theology, someone who has studied the Bible for decades, decide to become a man and act like it isn't defying God's creation and become upset with the private Christian institution for not paying for her procedures to change her gender, the gender GOD assigned to her. This is how I see it: God is perfect. God's design is perfect. God made man, and then He made woman. I fully believe that like in the Psalm, we are knitted together in our mother's womb, and God already knows all of the days of our lives. God made each and every one of us. In my opinion, and what I expected my peers' opinions to somewhat relate to, is that when we change what God has made, we are saying His way isn't good enough, isn't right, etc. I just am very confused to see so many students surprised that our Christian school would not approve of a teacher deciding to change her gender, going against the religious contract she signed when she first came onto teach at the private university. From what I've seen, the school is being extremely respectful and loving towards her (which is right, we are called to love everyone). Their decision to follow the Bible and the contract they require teachers to abide by should not be surprising and should be applauded. I finally can agree with something my school has done.

I'm sure I will continue to see this passage play out in my own life, and especially in society. Some days I look at the world around me and feel hopeless. However, I have hope because God is in control. He will reward us for our obedience and trust in Him. Please pray for GOD'S truth to be seen throughout the lives and the world around us. I hope this can be a message of hope and truth to you today.


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