Zealous For What?
Read Romans Chapter 10
Ro 10:2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
I know; I am on a crusade against the growing widespread acceptance of homosexual behaviors as being okay in God’s sight. Forgive me. I will eventually get it out of my system. However, I will never waver in my beliefs. God is most assuredly NOT okay with same-sex actions! Now that that is out of the way, let’s get to today’s thoughts.
In this passage, Paul is addressing the plight of the Israelites of his time, the ones who sincerely believed that they were on the right track. Paul acknowledges that they are zealous for God. I have seen Facebook posts from men who once believed same-sex actions were against God’s will. At least two men I know have changed their minds and now believe same-sex unions are in harmony with the bible. One of the reasons they have altered their beliefs has to do with misplaced zeal.
Both of these men have spoken at depth with some gay Christians who attend church regularly and who are zealous for our Lord. Their assessment of these men and women is that their zeal is so strong that it is impossible to argue against their right-standing with God. Indeed, some gay Christian churches are filled with sincere, bible believing, men and women. They would defend their faith in Jesus to the bitter end. They are sincere in their faith and quick to tell others about Christ. Their zeal is unquestionable.
I am convinced that among those men and women there really are some true believers. But at some point in time, God will find a way to get through to them and set them back onto the right road. A sadder note is that many who are in gay churches are not true believers. But even those men and women are sincere. They have a fiery zeal for what they believe to be truth.
The latter part of verse 2 has a message for both groups of gay Christians; their zeal is not based on knowledge. The word of God, the bible, cannot be overturned. True knowledge will lead all men to reject same-sex behaviors, sooner or later. As stated earlier, true believers will eventually turn their lives around. However, Paul’s message is directed only to the Israelites, none of whom were true believers. But his message is equally applicable to SSA men and women who are not yet real followers of Christ.
He writes that they “did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own (righteousness).” This is exactly what the unsaved gay Christians have done. The righteousness that comes from God rejects homosexual behaviors. Therefore, they have established a righteousness of their own; one which sanctions homosexuality as being righteous. To some extent, all men and women who have rejected God’s truth have established a righteousness of their own. That breaks my heart! I cannot bear the thought that there really will be people in hell, languishing forever without hope. I wish there were something we could do or say which would bring all men to a saving knowledge of Christ. It is not going to happen.
All true, real, believers will submit to God’s righteousness, as Paul says in verse 3. His word, and only His word, is totally reliable. Only His word can be counted upon. There is no other way, no other course of beliefs, which can lead a man to an eternity of bliss with our Lord.
Pr 25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
Pr 24:11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
We must make good use of every opportunity we have to implore our friends to turn back to God. Few will listen, but perhaps some will.
Prayer: Father, once again we implore You to speak to the hearts of all men who have heard Your truth and have rejected it. We cannot bear the pain of knowing men and women who have established a righteousness of their own. Have mercy upon them!