Homily: Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014

It is a bit of a stretch to connect the recommended Old Testament reading proscribed for the Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014 with the prevailing persuasive rhetoric posited by those that are openly defiant of God’s Holy Word and traditional moral values; but it is an argument that can be made.
Every day we read commentary and editorials posted on the net or published by various media outlets that attempt to use God’s Word against Christians in the culture war surrounding same sex issues and other modern thought that is rejected by traditional religious beliefs. “Judge Not” is one of the phrases uttered by Christ that is being coopted by the far left in an attempt to convince us not to criticize certain acts or lifestyles. Another is “Love one and another” which is used in an attempt to convince us that we should love sinners while also embracing, condoning, or enabling their sin.
Some who author this misleading rhetoric that we are confronted with each day, are themselves members of the GLBT communities and or Atheists who have extensive theological education, and they know full well that they are taking scripture completely out of context, but their seemingly lofty titles—often from Ivy League universities—and presumed authority in academic background blinds the unwary who think that these people are telling the truth to the simple fact that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Consider todays Old Testament reading;
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Outwardly these people appear to be great, they appear to use words of wisdom, they speak with authority, but God knows what is in their heart—deception and deceit.
We are commanded to love our brothers and sisters who are in the GLBT community; just as we are commanded to love alcoholics or others addicted to chemicals; but we do not enable them in their degradation—we don’t buy a bottle of whiskey and get drunk with the alcoholic and proceed to crawl into the gutter with him—no, our goal should be to support the sinner in his or her recovery.
In the same respect we need to recognize these persuasive arguments for what they are (a) argumentum ad populum and (2) the work of the principalities of this world.
Argumentum ad populum (Latin for “appeal to the people”) is a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because many or most people believe it. In other words, the basic idea of the argument is: “If many believe so, it is so.” Which is not the truth; remember when you wanted as a child to do something that all your friends were doing but your parents would not give their permission saying; “If your friends were to jump off of a cliff, would you do the same?” Just because someone tells you that everyone else believes—like same sex issues for example—something is acceptable, doesn’t mean the proposition is truthful. Again remember your teenage years when a friend tried to talk you into doing something you had doubts about and they said; “Oh come on… Everyone is doing it!” “It” of course being whatever controversial and sometimes dangerous fad was popular at the time, and later you discovered that few if any were actually doing it.
Remember 1 Samuel 16:7—God knows what is in the hearts of those that knowingly spread fallacious arguments trying to deceive the righteous, and he knows what is in your heart. So always take the time to check the veracity of any claim, think before jumping on any bandwagons, and always pray asking for guidance in all your deeds.

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