Monday, May 14, 2012

Sex and Marriage

You know…as I was preparing this blog post, I was going back through the archives reading past blogs I’ve written concerning marriage.

Some were written over 8 years ago.

There were some things I wanted to go through and edit out or delete. I don’t even write like that no mo’!!

But I have to stay true to the game. Once you put it out there, it’s out there. It’s a trip when God lets you see how much you’ve grown.

I’m a big proponent of the family.

I think it’s the fundamental structure of our society.

When I heard the news of Obama’s evolving position on same-sex marriages last week, I felt like it was a salvo against God’s Word.

And even stranger,  when I expressed my viewpoints with others, there was often incredulous disgust at my ‘close-mindedness’ and references to me being a part of the  ‘bigoted culture that keeps America from progressing’.

Some discussions got heated enough where I actually felt myself getting angry.

And most people who know me know that I’m usually a mild mannered and easygoing type of guy, but I do have my Bruce Banner tipping point.. Hulk smash!!!!

First of all, I believe in free will and I’m well aware that America is a democracy, not a theocracy.

Just because I acknowledge the Highest Power doesn’t mean that I expect everyone to have the same reverence, respect and quest for obedience to God’s Word as I do.

I know some people are atheist, some are agnostic…everyone doesn’t have a personal relationship with God.

I can remember seeing protest signs years ago from picketers in support of same-sex marriage and  they had Bible verses on their posters, “God hates shrimp!” (Lev 11:12)

I’m sure most of them have no clue about context and the history of the Word.

On the same token, a lot of the people against same-sex marriages pick and choose verses out of the Bible that they feel supports their argument while blatantly ignoring the things in their life that doesn’t line up to God’s Word.

The state of Texas has had a common law marriage (ie shacking up) law intact since the 1800’s, but same sex unions don’t qualify.

Christians lose a lot of power because of hypocrisy.

Condemning same-sex relationships, but ain’t nobody talking about heterosexual adultery and fornication.

Don’t ask, don’t tell.

When I reached the point where I knew I couldn’t do it by myself and I knew I needed a Savior, I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life almost 10 years ago.

There were (and still are) some things in my life and walk that did not line up to living obedient to God’s Word.

God called me out of the darkness after I was already married, so I was never imposed to live a celibate lifestyle.

The marriage bed is undefiled (Hebrews 13:4)..thankya Jesus!!!

But monogamy was never a natural inclination for me.

I’m attracted to women of different shapes and sizes.

As much as I love my wife, I know the commitment that I have to stay faithful to her is not only about her.  It starts with my commitment to God and His Word.

The Bible is very explicit and implicit concerning salvation. Salvation is based on faith and faith alone.

We’ve all fallen short of perfection. We can’t do enough good things to get access. We get access for accepting what Christ did for us.

In the Old Testament, there are over 700 Levitical laws that Israel was bid to abide by. Break one and it was like breaking them all, something had to die for atonement.

Both heterosexual adultery (Lev 20:10)  and homosexual relations (Lev 20:13) carried the same penalty..death.

So when I bring up my refusal to celebrate homosexual relationships, one of the first Bible phrases that gets put in my face is ‘Judge ye not’.

Needless to say, that pissed me off even more.

Cuz it’s one thing for non-Believers to do what they do, but when people who claim Christ as Lord of their lives try to use  the Bible to justify unrepentant sin…I get hot.

But instead of lashing out and reverting back to the ‘old’ D. Washington..cuz  I can go back to talking bad about people with degrading names, talking about their mama, all that stuff..but I know it’s not constructive. Thank ya Jesus!..instead I put more time and effort in prayer and studying God’s Word on this issue.

And the Scripture that I keep coming back to is the first chapter of Romans.

Romans is an epistle (letter) written by the apostle Paul addressing the members of the church in Rome.

The 16th and 17th verses are a declaration of faith. The just shall live by faith.

But starting with the 18th verse it starts outlining God’s wrath on unrighteousness.

When you read verses 18-32 it will show how sexual immorality is not anything new. There have been several points in history where ‘For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions.’-Romans 1:26

Almost as if He threw up His hands and said, ‘Ya’ll ain’t listening to Me anyway, ya’ll go head and do you.”

 I’ve  still got some things to tighten up on, but even in my failings, I ask God to strengthen and guide me. Help me to be a better person. Help me to be more committed to lining up to the Word.

Everyone talks about coming to God as you are, but as my mama says all the time, ‘that doesn’t mean you have to stay as you are.”

But it’s that last verse in the chapter that stands out to me.

“Who, knowing the righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.” – Romans 1:32

In the King James Version that word ‘approve’ is translated ‘applaud’.

My wife and I have teenagers.

We’ve taught them what it takes to produce offspring.

They also know about STD”s and HIV.

And we put a lot of investment of time and energy in making sure they know what the Bible says on how we are supposed to live our lives.

Our kids know that we haven’t always lined up to God’s Word sexually, because they were both in our wedding party as our ring bearer and flower girl.

There weren’t any virgins at my wedding altar.

But I also let them know that sin isn’t free. I know there are a lot of blessings I missed out on by being willfully disobedient to God’s Word.

There was a time in my life where if someone would have told me, ‘Say D…God is in the fish market on the corner of Scott and Reed Rd..He’s waiting to talk to you.” I would promptly get in my truck and head to the northside or Mo City..somewhere in the other direction, cuz I wasn’t trying to see God or hear what He had to say. I just wanted to be on them freaks and all the things that seems to satisfy us all.

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25

Sin isn’t free, not for me or anyone else.

I’m not saying this to be mean to those who live a sexual lifestyle outside of Biblical order, I’m saying it because of the love I have for them. I may not be able to empathize with the gay experience, but I know Christ died for us all. Now the heterosexual whoremongers, I can definitely empathize with them.

There came a time when I knew I needed a Higher Power.

And I’m not the kind of guy that can pray, beg, plead for something, have God bless me, and then go back to acting like God doesn’t exist.  My hypocrite meter starts tingling if I do that. My conscience starts to bother me when I know I can be doing better than what I’m doing. It’s actually kinda tingling right now. And I know it’s a good thing, because that’s when I grow stronger in the Lord.

As a husband, father and the head of a household, I don’t take it lightly that I am the king of the domain that God has blessed me with.

Part of being the king is recognizing the ongoing spiritual battles that are being fought everyday.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12

I see the assault on our children with the music that’s out there that promotes sexual promiscuity. The movies and videos that potray how women need to wear high heels and tight short clothes to be noticed and admired.  The images and stereotypes of how men need to be hardcore thugs and knock down as many hoz as they can.  It’s not just a gay thing to me, it’s a sexual immorality thing.

As a person who has gotten on his knees countless times to pray to the Lord I serve, I can’t happily endorse something that I know to be blatantly against the Word.

I’m sure the president has his reasons, but don’t get it twisted. Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything Barack Obama says or does. I will  continue to pray for our president.

Obama and the federal government don’t regulate marriages anyway, that’s a state issue.

Whether it’s a federal, state, county, city, neighbourhood issue, really doesn’t matter to me. I already know who takes care of me every day. 

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

In terms of lining up to God’s Word, sex and marriage will always be a spiritual issue.

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For the two, He says, shall become one flesh. But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”- I Corinthians 6:15-20.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Realest It Got For Me

April 24, 2012

by D. Washington
(I dropped the E, cuz it had them tricks guessing too much).

The way I see it, everybody who comes to Christ at some point has to get 'butt naked'.

No covering.

'"For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may recieve the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." - II Corinthians 5:10 NKJV

That bema seat!

At home, I often study with the same Bible that ushered me into the faith.

Its a John MacArthur Study Bible - New King James Version.

The study notes for this verse state:

5:10 This describes the believer's deepest motivation and highest aim in pleasing God
The realization that every Christian is inevitably and ultimately accountable to Him.
'Judgment seat' metaphorically refers to the place where the Lord will sit to evalue believer's
lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards. It is translated from the Greek word bema,
which was an elevated platform where victorious athletes (eg during the Olympics) went to 
receive their crowns. The term is also used in the NT to refere to the place of judging as 
when Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate (matt 27:19, john 19:13). but here the reference is definitely
from the athletic analogy, Corinth had such a platform where both athletic rewards and legal justice
were dispensed (Acts 18:12-16), so the Corinthians understood Paul's reference. the things done in the body: 
Actions which happened during the Believers time of earthly ministry. (This does not include sins since
their judgment took place at the cross Eph 1:7) Paul was referring to all those activities Believers do
during their lifetimes which relate to their eternal reward and praise from God. What Christians do in
their temporal bodies, will, in His eyes, have an impact for eternity. ( See notes on I Cor 4:3-5, Rom 12:1,2, Rev 22:12)
whether good or bad: These Greek terms do not refer to moral good and moral evil. Matters of sin have been completely
dealt with by the death of the Saviour. Rather, Paul was comparing worthwhile, eternally valuable activities with useless ones. His point was not that believers should not enjoy certain wholesome earthly things, but hat they should glorify God in them and spend most  of their energy and time with what has eternal value.

No matter where I go or what I do, I always keep that verse in mind. It helps me to stay on task.

I've always been a bit hard headed. Thank God I was surrounded by people who loved me and used to whup my butt when I got out of line.

My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles...I was always with people who didn't spare the rod.

Now, the game has changed. We all have our way of catching whuppings even today. It may not be with belts and switches anymore..but it's there.

When you have a Heavenly Father that loves you..He's going to chasten those He loves.

Especially when, as my Big Mama used to put it, 'You know you can be doing better than what you doing."

That was in a Richard Pryor joke too.

So, my point is that the world has a way of making us feel...overstated and underappreciated.

Just like with media stars, you hype em up one day and the next day it's booooo!! i DON'T LIKE HER!

That's why I know I needed something stable in my life. A foundation to build upon.

And once I came into the knowledge of Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and life changed.

Some places immediately, some places gradually.

Like my mom always says, "You're supposed to come as you are, but it doesn't mean you're supposed to stay as you are."

I love her. She has always been a strong witness in my life.

But as much as I love her, my connection to Christ is not through her.

Im a strong believer in independent thought. Free will.

And any relationship with God has to be a personal thing, not something that's based on a mere mortal pastor, preacher, deacon, priest, mother, grandmother etc.

Very important.

Personal relationship with the Creator. You need it in your life.

The realest it got for me, is when I had to start telling my podnaz to stop sending me those freaky picture emails.

Ya'll know I got a problem, don't put that in my life. Thank you.

It's still a few that pop up every now and then...I be looking too, just like a fiend. Whaaaaat?? wow. that shh cray.

He still working on me too!!'s the link to a couple of poetry performances that my cousin sent me.

They both address some situations that i've dealt with and/or am dealing with so it helped me. I'm sure it can help someone else too.

I need to get me some of those t-shirts...


"The BIGGEST Loser" by Karness

"A Poem about WEED" by Jackie Hill