Forced to apologize

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In the news recently, several prominent Christians and a few who are relatively unknown Christians, have apologized for identifying with their Christian faith.

A recent headline screamed, “Forced to Apologize!” Christian business owners were asked to apologize for using hate speech. There was no hate involved. The couple refused to photograph a same-sex marriage. They did offer another photographer to do the job, however. It seems this wasn’t good enough for the activists who wanted to make an issue against Christian beliefs.

I have two issues with the entire scenario: 1. Stand your ground. 2. Who wants a forced apology?

Stand Your Ground:

If you make a statement concerning your religious beliefs, never back away from it. This isn’t making a choice between the chocolate or the strawberry ice-cream, this is your religious foundation. If you believe God and God said homosexuality was an abomination, then it is an abomination as far as Christians are concerned.

If you repeat what God said and the listener gets offended, you didn’t offend anyone, God did. Let God handle it. Whatever you do, do it with conviction and kindness. If you stand by God’s word, then stand by his word. Don’t apologize.

Don’t Apologize :

For my life, I can’t imagine anyone who would accept an apology by a person who had to be forced to give it. My mother would stop the frequent arguing between my sister and me, then force us to apologize to one another. Now, you know just how sincere those apologizes were, don’t you?

Why would the homosexual community want a contrived apology? They don’t. They do want the heterosexual to appear as if he has been dressed down. They want the satisfaction of having made the Christian to debase himself. If all of this seems petty to you, then you are welcome to my petty party.

Make no mistake, I believe every person has a right to her religious beliefs and the right to practice that religion. If my religion forbids the condoning of homosexuality, I will not condone it. Not for the sake of my niece, an uncle or a cousin. They know that I love them and would never hurt them. I don’t preach to them and I ask that they don’t preach to me. I also think that lying, cheating, and stealing are sins because God said they were. I can see how these things hurt other people. It appears to be okay with the activists that Christians see lying, cheating and stealing as sin, but not homosexuality. Why?

If businesses have the right to refuse service to any one, they should have the right to practice their religious beliefs. The very fact that the homosexual couple made the photos such a big issue is proof that trouble was all they wanted in the first place. They were given an alternative and they refused it. The story should be over.

Your feelings may be hurt after reading this post. If they are, God has hurt your feelings. God made the laws, I just try to live by them. Why do some people have a preference for their own sex? I don’t know and homosexuals don’t seem to be able or willing to share this information. If I had to guess, I would say the reasons vary by person. Does this mean I don’t like you if you are a homosexual? No, it doesn’t. If I dislike someone, it is because they are selfish, loud & obnoxious, rude, mean to children and the elderly, and totally inconsiderate.

If you get in my face and tell me I have to approve of homosexuality, chances are I won’t like you. I promise not to get in your face and demand that you become a Christian. I won’t apologize for my religious beliefs.

44 thoughts on “Forced to apologize

  1. There is no need to apologize for any religious beliefs but if you own a company that takes public dollars you cannot refuse your services to anyone…at least not in a straight forward and honest manner. You have to figure out a way to politely say that you are all booked up etc. Maybe today I don’t like serving homosexuals but what if tomorrow I don’t like serving Christians, or Jews or people of a particular color, creed or ethnicity? Everyone has their own preferences what if you want to own a public business then the “public” is who you must serve.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I believe a person should stand by his principles, whatever they are. I believe homosexuals are living in sin. I can’t stand down, ever, because God says it is sin.

  2. Civility to embrace and respect differences without bring harm or hurt to another is what I advocate. Tolerance cuts all ways, to homosexuals, to Christians, to all good people walking this earth. My line in the sand is defined by actions not beliefs/faith. I respect your post.

  3. Whatever one’s belief is, it is about freedom of thought, express and speech. The power of those three beautiful freedoms in life is just stick to one rule above that; Don’t hurt others physically, everything else is Kosher.

    Enjoyed the solid read!

  4. “If you make a statement concerning your religious beliefs, never back away from it.” Very true dear sister. Hiii. Its been a while. How are you doing. I can see you are still doing your thing – putting up great posts 🙂

  5. A well written article from a very personal perspective. I myself don’t care one way or the other. What I do care about however are the claims of what appear to be good people only to find them manipulating, lying, etc to achieve their own agenda, of course … in the name of God, under the guise of friendship.

    Thanx for following Gringa!

  6. >It appears to be okay with the activists that Christians see lying, cheating and stealing as sin, but not homosexuality. Why?

    Well, as you observe, because these things hurt other people, and homosexuality does not. There is no moral reason for objecting to homosexual acts, apart from a disputed interpretation of a very few verses in the Bible.

    The major point is that God has not hurt their feelings. The human beings who reinforce the ridiculous idea that Christianity requires any condemnation of homosexual acts have hurt their feelings. The Christian way is to challenge these false ideas.

    • Have you ever read a bible before? Excuse me for asking, but God says explicitly that homosexuality is an abomination to him. You are telling me that you are disputing God? You don’t Him very well, do you? But then, God said he would make those who refuse to see, blind to the truth. I pray for your sight. However, you are free to express your ideas, opinions and personal beliefs. And no one will force you to apologize, ever.

      • Thank you for asking about this issue of contention. The bible says, in many places, that homosexual activity is sin. Everyone sins, the saved and the lost. The difference is this: Saved people recognize sin as sin. They strive not to sin. Being human, they do slip and give in to temptation. However, they must confess that they slipped by telling God what their sin was, repent, (meaning: turn away from the sin and get back in step with God’s plan) and ask for help in strength to resist temptation. The lost may not recognize sin as sin. If they do, they must confess their homosexual behavior, repent and walk with God. Homosexuals may understand that their behavior is against God’s plan, but they want mankind to put their seal of approval on what they do so there is no feeling of guilt on their part. Leviticus 18:22 says: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: It is abomination.” I suggest reading the entire chapter, since it goes into detail about sexual relationships, what is acceptable and what isn’t. Also, in I Corinthians 6: 9-11, ” Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor wives, nor covetous, no drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” I can’t see that there is any wiggle room to get past God’s statues without breaking His law. The Apostle Paul was explaining that some of the people had been guilty of these sins, but they had also confessed and repented, therefore, they were washed in the blood of Christ and were now acceptable for the Kingdom of God. It really is that simple, agree with God that homosexual behavior is sin, repent of your sin and be washed in the blood of Christ. There are scriptures in the bible that explain to man that he is not to dress as a woman and women are not to dress as men. I know that homosexuals believe that God created them as such and they have no choice. Whether this is true, I can’t say with 100 % facts to back me up. However, even if it is true, God expects them to live without committing the sin of sex outside of marriage. God created marriage for one reason, it is essential for raising children. Marriage was not created for people living as homosexual partners. Without the aid of a woman, two men can’t multiply. Marriage is for a strong committment between a man and a woman to procreate and raise a family. There are people in my family who live with the same sex as partners. I love them. They are funny and bright. But, just because they desire to live with a same-sex partner and I love them, I can’t say, “Well, let me not hurt their feelings. I will just tell them it is okay.” If I were to do that, they would never feel that what they are doing is sinning. They need to recognize their sin, confess and repent. I want to see them in Heaven. I love enough to be honest, no matter how much it may hurt their feelings. I don’t treat anyone with discrimination. I abhor violence. I try to love people to the Lord. I would also love to talk with a homosexual and get their side of the story so I can understand them better. I would not preach to them about sin and whatever. I would just listen and learn, so I could find a way to have a better relationship with all homosexuals.

        There really aren’t any disputed interpretations. There is no other way to see what God said. A man lying with a man and a woman lying with a woman is an abomination. Look up that word and you will see why I want my relatives saved. I hope I explained the Christian perspective so you understand that God loves everyone and wants no one to spend eternity in Hell. It is our own actions that will determine our final destination. God bless you and thanks again for reading and commenting.

      • You must have misunderstood. I don’t fear homosexuals. I visit my uncle often and I never take a gun with me. I’m not even afraid it will rub off on me. I do know dozens of homosexuals who fear the words of God. Not enough to obey them, just enough so they call Christians homophobic.

      • Your irrational fear is of homosexuality, rather than homosexuals.

        As for “fear the words of God”, that is silly. The actual meaning of the Bible is not homophobic. Read it again, and see.

      • We will never see the bible with the same eyes, Clare. I don’t want to argue with you. It isn’t necessary that you try and change what I believe. I am not trying to change what you believe. I don’t go around campaigning for or against homosexuality. I made a comment on standing by what you believe in. I believe you should stand up and not back down from what you believe in because says you have to. I am not telling you that you have to be a heterosexual. That is a decision you have to make. One word of advice though, read the entire bible comprehensively.

      • I have done, several times with several commentaries.

        Should we, with Joel, beat ploughshares into swords, and pruning hooks to spears?

        By the Rivers of Babylon, Jews dreamed of murdering babies, dashing them against stones: and their anger was made into a worship-song: and so any anger I can feel, however dark, is transmuted and accepted.

        All is vanity, and Evangelicals in the US are no longer so madly against divorce. You recognise couples may grow apart.

        With love in Christ.

      • I went to your site. You said that Jesus did not condemn homosexuality. What do you suppose he was referring to when he mentions “sexual immorality” in Mark 7:20-23?: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'” Also Matthew 15:19.

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