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As many of you know I was able to travel to Sri Lanka for five weeks returning back to the US just last week. By the grace of God, I was able to teach two classes at the Colombo Theological Seminary and participate in the 10th graduation ceremony while I was there.
We live in a world, nation, and culture that is divided, and this moral divide seems to be increasing at an increasing rate. One such division is around the homosexuality issue. There is a large spectrum of belief and positions held with one extreme occupied by the gay activists that protest, publicly criticize the church and blaspheme God. Beyond asking for tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle they rather demand a whole-hearted endorsement that never seems to be enough to satisfy them.
In 2005 I preached a sermon in which I expressed growing concern regarding the growing acceptance of the gay lifestyle as the norm in America. I was told by some not to do that again. I was careful not to accuse any gay individual of a sin worse than the sins that I struggle with and for which I have been forgiven by the grace of God.
I was reminded of a story I read some time ago about the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the famous Reformer whose preaching brought truth, mercy, and joy to the city of Geneva.
Anybody that God choses to use to carry out His miraculous mission must take risks and act out of the voice of the Spirit that calls from within the soul. This is the reason that Peter could step out of the boat that was battling fierce winds and waves. The other disciples were terrified to see Jesus walking on the water toward them. The disciples failed to remember that Jesus is never distant and removed from our lives.