Gay-bashing would not have been the reason for anyone’s harsh reaction to these young men, as they were so egregiously rude to everyone around them, regardless of their sexual orientation.  However, I’m betting that, had anyone confronted them or rebuked them for their rude behavior, they would not have understood that their rude behavior rather than their sexual orientation had caused people’s angry reaction because their minds were darkened in sin.  Now this is an important point for everyone to understand, but there is NO possibility of truth or understanding of truth by people in their natural sinful state.  I know that many philosophers believe in the inherent goodness of people (humanism), and many philosophers have tried to develop their own arbitrary systems of truth and morality based in that ignorant belief of man’s inherent goodness.  But such ignorant systems of philosophy are always exposed by God as ignorance to those that are truly seeking His Truth.  Such systems are exposed when they fail the test of implementation and when their proponents turn out to be abundantly flawed people, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, whose godless philosophy was favored by the evil Adolf Hitler.  Nietzsche, in spite of his brilliance, exposed his own philosophy to be worthless when he could not live up to the high and arbitrary standards of the legalism that it was founded on. 

Some try to downplay the role of Nietzsche’s philosophy in the evil doctrine of Nazism, but it is clear when you study Mein Kampf that the philosopher’s ideas were central to Hitler’s Satanic propaganda.  With Nietzsche, you see the blatant emptiness of man-centered philosophies, when such supposedly brilliant men, self-appointed “physicians” to mankind’s soul, self-appointed “experts” that claim to know what the rest of us should do, cannot even save themselves.   As is well known now, Nietzsche died after succumbing to severe mental illness in the closing years of his life.  He did not have the blessing of a clear mind that can only come from God’s Truth, the same Truth that he had rejected.  Such is the inevitable end of man when he looks inward for salvation.  Such men are like the rest of us, ignorant in our sin-darkened minds, a pawn to Satan, until God begins His Work of Truth in us.  And as such people in sin are completely ignorant to the truth, it is often useless to try to argue with them as they simply DO NOT have the capability to comprehend Truth.  It is also useless to get annoyed or angry at them.  They are like ignorant children who do ignorant things in their spiritual and intellectual blindness and inexperience. 

Many times, they truly DO NOT understand what they are doing.  This is one of the reasons that we should remember that our battle is not against what we see in front of us.  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Since our battle is not against the flesh and blood people we see in front of us, we should not lean on our own understanding in knowing how to respond, and we should respond only with compassion unless they step over a line that threatens our well-being or the well-being of those around us.  That is truly a place to draw a line, where safety, life, or limb is at risk.  But otherwise we should respond to such people even people in blatant sin with compassion as much as possible, unless God is obviously leading us to do otherwise.  But we should make absolutely sure that we are being led by God when we respond more harshly to sin and that we are not acting out of our own emotion or judgmental pride, thinking that we are better than they are (such as the Westboro Baptist protesters who ignorantly protest at military funerals supposedly as a strategy to oppose homosexuality). 

Now I typically do not judge the work of other children of God (or at least people who claim to be the children of God as these Westboro Baptist legalists claim) when I do not understand what they are doing.  I truly understand that God is much bigger and His Love is much greater than anything I can comprehend, so I do not flatter myself that I can tell in every situation that God is or is not at work.  This is the attitude that we should all have, not being judgmental of the work of our Christian brothers and sisters when they do something that we don’t agree with or don’t understand, thinking pridefully to ourselves that “surely God doesn’t work in that way” (Mark 9:38 and Luke 9:49).  But although I am reluctant to judge any Christian brother or sister, or anyone claiming to be a Christian brother or sister, knowing that I am no better than they are were it not for the work of God’s Spirit in me, nonetheless, sometimes, God reveals to me certain spiritual truths about people that I would not have discovered in my own thinking. 


We will finish on this tomorrow.  I pray God's blessings of peace, joy, and love on you this Lord's Day. 
 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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