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I was watching a TV interview recently with a representative from the Catholic Church talking about all the sexual abuse that has taken place over the decades. Scandal in the church is not a new thing and it won’t be the last we hear of it either. The underlying cause of the whole mess is “sin”.

It begins like a sinkhole. There’s something happening under the surface that we don’t see. It’s ugly and it’s eroding the ground we walk on, yet we are unaware. It happens over time slowly, but consistently. Some try to “slap” a bandaid on it by digging up the ground and building new subdivisions or beautiful resorts over top of it. But yet — it’s still lurking, moving, ever widening. I think about those shivering news stories we hear where people were swallowed up and never heard from or seen again.A huge crater in Guatemala City

Sin is like that. It begins under the surface and we try and cover it up by re-directing our efforts elsewhere. But it’s still there, hiding and growing. We justify it by focusing on our surroundings and traumatic life events. Common sense is no longer “common” and those around you are infected with your now warped perspective. Those that know you begin to make excuses for you — and soon their foundation is crumbling.

Matthew 7:24-25 makes reference to a wise man building his house on a rock while a foolish man builds his house on sand.

I think about all those boys who were raped in the Church and left standing in the dark; the repeated attacks that went on for years and years that left them emotional prisoners with no where to turn. A traumatic event like that can forever change you and alter who you are to become. What you experienced was not love but evil. 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 says “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

For those of you who are still standing in the dark, forgive your attackers. Forgive yourself. Leave the judgment to God. Hosea 9:9 says “God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” There will be a Judgement Day, it comes to all of us. How we wish to stand before God is determined by what we do now. We are not the judge nor the jury.
Matthew 7:1 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Is your sexuality a reflection of who you are or a distortion of who you are? “Sin” is NOT our identity. Your identity began before the foundation of the world, you are a child of God; created in Love.
God said that He “knew us before the foundation of the world”. That means He knew who you were going to be before you were conceived in your mothers’ womb. God set you up to thrive.
I urge you to let go of the chains that have you bound. It is completely possible to have a beautiful and fulfilling future. As my pastor always says “God has never been your problem, He’s always been your answer.”

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CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE

Standing in front of a church doesn’t make me holy just as sticking plastic flowers in the front yard does not a garden make … If you compare the two, both are fake – (well, the flowers are at least,) BUT … so are our actions and attitudes sometimes.

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Yesterday was Easter Sunday. A time when most families rally together to share a meal, put away petty differences, send the young in’s on an egg hunt and in some form, celebrate JESUS.

As I was watching the news this morning I was totally floored by all the shootings/killings that took place on what is normally celebrated as a “positive” holiday. If God is Love, then why are so many people walking around with hate, hurt, pain, lack of understanding, blame, resentment, unforgiveness and guilt???? These are not the character qualities that God put in us. I Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love endures long”

“Love is patient and kind”

“Love is never envious or boils over with jealousy”

“Love is not boastful or arrogant”

“Love is not rude, arrogant or full of pride”

“Love does not insist on its own way”

“Love is ready to believe the best in people”

“Love does not rejoice in injustice, but rejoices when right and truth prevail”

“Love bears up under anything & everything that comes at it”

“Love never fails”

Hmmmm, sure is a big list … thank God He is so forgiving and NEVER gives up on us!!!

THERE IS HOPE FOR US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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