Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner

I have never talked about this before on any of my blogs because I didn’t want to risk getting in a debate over this topic, but I feel that now is the time I tell you why I do not support homosexuality.

If I supported homosexuality, I would be defying God.

In the beginning, God made a man and when He saw that he needed a companion, He made a woman out of Adam’s rib. Got that? MAN and WOMAN. God designed man and woman to be together – to be joined as one and to populate the earth.

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…” Genesis 1:27-28

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

“But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 
And Adam said:

This is now bone of my bones 
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of
Man.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become on flesh.” Genesis 2:20-24

God didn’t make two men and two women. He didn’t design us to be attracted to the same sex – not at all. Nor did He make it so that men and women could just mix together and decide what sex to be with. God’s design was simple – Man and woman are to be joined together and populate the earth. Men were to be attracted to women and vice versa. Our bodies were made differently for this reason – this is why men can’t get pregnant.

It wasn’t until sin entered the world that everything began to tear apart. God’s holy, perfect design could now be broken by the sinful decisions people made.

Homosexuality has been around since Bible times – we know this because in the Bible we read that God destroyed an entire city because of the lust men had for each other. This alone proves that God does not condone this. That He hates it. And we are to hate it, too.

“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” Genesis 19:24-25

Hate the sin, not the sinner. We are called to love everyone – even our enemies. God doesn’t want us to hate people, but we can hate the sin that they are in. Becoming homosexual is sin. It goes against God’s design. So as Christians, it is okay to hate that. It’s okay to not support it. In fact, by doing that, we are pleasing God because we know what’s right and we are standing by what we believe in.

“You who love the Lord, hate evil!” Psalm 97:10

“Hate evil, love good…” Amos 5:15

“But I say to you, love your enemies…” Matthew 5:44

As a Christian who does not support homosexuality, I am constantly bewildered as to why other Christians DO support it. I wonder why they put a rainbow image as their profile picture on Facebook to show their support for it. I wonder why they are mad at those who don’t support it. Of all people, Christians should be leading by example and that means not supporting evil things. When a Christian supports something like that, it places a bad image on us.

“…be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

When I see a Christian who does support homosexuality, that tells me one thing – something is terribly wrong in their walk with God. Because if you read the Bible, you clearly see that God is against it. You clearly see how things are supposed to be and yet they are choosing to ignore all that and support it anyway? That’s not right. That’s saying the Bible isn’t true, which is calling God a liar and He never lies.

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven…” Psalm 18:30

Being homosexual is becoming so “normal” in this world. It’s showing up in movies, it’s showing up in books, TV shows – it’s pretty much everywhere. The new live action Beauty and the Beast movie coming out has an openly gay character and scene in it. I was so excited for this movie and now I don’t think I’m going to see it.

We have to stand up for what’s right and I feel that if I went to see this movie knowing what’s going to be in it already, I would be giving the impression that I’m okay with it. And I don’t want anybody thinking that I’m okay with it when I’m not. Aside from what other people might think, I need to think about this…

Would God really be okay with me seeing that? If He was physically here right now, would I go see that movie?

Nope, I wouldn’t.

And here’s the thing – God IS here. God is everywhere. He sees everything we’re doing and knows all our thoughts. He doesn’t want us to go intentionally see a movie like that. He doesn’t want us to say; “Oh, it’s just that one character,” or “Oh, it’s just that one scene.”
He wants us to stand up and say, “NO.”
Because even if it is just that one thing – that’s not good for you. It is spiritually unhealthy.

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” Psalm 119:37

We think homosexuality is “normal” now, but before long it’s just going to get even worse. It’s going to be everywhere and in everything. A day may come when even I stop seeing movies because of this. Because it’s just not right.

You know what else isn’t right? Using rainbows as a gay symbol.

Rainbows are beautiful – not just for their appearance, but for the meaning behind them. The first rainbow was created when God promised Noah that He would never flood the earth again. For centuries, rainbows have been a sign of God’s promise, but these days they are used as symbols for bad, sinful things. I feel hesitant these days to buy anything with a rainbow on it because I’m worried people will think I support something that I don’t. And that’s really sad.
But no matter what the world has turned rainbows to mean, I know the truth and I love rainbows because God made them the day He made a very important promise. <3

“Thus I establish my covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11

“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13

I’m going to end with these few words;

No matter how “normal” gays become in your lifetime, don’t ever call it “normal.” Because it isn’t normal. What is normal is the holy, God ordained relationship between a man and a woman. That relationship, the marriage between man and woman is to reflect the relationship between God and His church.

That’s what’s normal. That’s what’s right.

~Jaclynn~

***Verses taken from the NKJV

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Follow His Star

Merry Christmas everyone!! Can you even believe that it’s actually here? Because I certainly can’t!

We all know what Christmas is truly about – not the presents, not the food, not Santa – it’s about Jesus. It’s the day that we recognize His birth and thank God for sending Him to us so that we could be saved from our sins and have everlasting life in Heaven.

In Matthew 2:9-10 it says,

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

The wise men followed the star in the sky to find Jesus so they could worship him and bring him gifts fit for a king.

Are you following the star, too?

The Lord is like a shining star that is always constant. He is a light that never burns out and is always there for us, shining the light on the right path that is narrow and headed straight towards Him.
God wants us to choose this path, but sometimes we get lost along the way and start following another star that seems to be calling to us. It leads us astray from the one TRUE star.

You can be a Wise Girl by keeping your eyes fixed on the Lord’s star. When you do that, you will find yourself moving closer and closer to a more intimate relationship with your Lord and Savior. :)

Don’t lose sight of the greatest gift of all this Christmas – God sending His only Son down to earth. He became flesh so that we might become His righteousness.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! <3

~Jaclynn

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Seek Him First

You know… I have been realizing lately just how obsessed I am with the things of this world. I die over everything. I obsess over every new POP!, Tsum Tsum, movie trailer, etc.

And I also have been realizing that I’ve become selfish, though I hate to admit it. I’m always wanting or “needing” more and needing it now before my brain explodes and I crumble into hopelessness of never being able to buy what I want.

Last night I had a talk with my mom that I was “frustrated with my faith.” Though that was a bad word choice, so I quickly corrected to – “I’m frustrated with myself.”

For so long now I’ve found myself going up and down, up and down with my relationship with God. I’ll be going on the right track for a while and then – BAM! “AAAAH THAT TRAILER WAS SO AMAZING OH MY GOSH!!!” Or “Oh. My. Gosh. I need those POP!s. WHEN DO THEY COME OUT?!”
The things of this world can draw me away from God within the blink of an eye. My life that was striving towards being consumed by God instantly reverts into a life consumed of worldly things that in the end will only pass away and will never satisfy.

After having a long talk with my mom last night about all of this, I went into bed and read a devotion. I was completely blown away by how relevant it was to me at that time.

This morning I read another devotion and a chapter of Luke and again was blown away by the relevance to my situation.

God is speaking to me. He’s helping me to realize just how far I’ve strayed. Just how much I have put the things of this world before Him. How I’ve worshiped and idolized them and have only fallen deeper into the obsessions.

I do see and know that I’ve been doing wrong. And I really, really want to fix this. I know I can’t do it alone, though – God has to help me through this. He provides the strength I need to turn away and once I turn, I know I will be ever so much more satisfied and joyful.

Worldly things do make me happy, yes. But for how long? A little bit? And then immediately after I need something more? I may think that I am satisfied, but really, I’m not. I’m always wanting more.

I’m going to share with you now a few excerpts from my devotional book and a few verses that stood out to me:

“God wants his people to live in the light. He wants the light to keep burning continually. There was a time when we lived in darkness, but when we met Jesus the lights were turned on and everything that was hidden was seen. As a God Girl you can’t let yourself go back into darkness….. Sin hides in the dark, but when we shine the light on our lives, it can no longer hide.”

“No more ‘lights out’ moments where you do what you would never do if the lights were on. Encourage the light by praying, studying, and looking for opportunities to bring your own sins into the light.”

“Now a certain young ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”…..So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:18,22,24-25

Honestly, I feel a bit like the rich young ruler. He was sorrowful that Jesus was asking him to give up his riches because he was very rich. That’s a bit how I feel knowing that in order to fix my problem, I’m going to have to give something up that I love. But I know that in the end, it will be worth it.

When something you own becomes the most important thing in your life, it teeters on idolatry. An idol is anything that you obsess about, that you need, that you can’t live without. The only thing that you truly can’t live without, other than food and water, is the presence of God in your life. And when things overshadow that need or even try to fill it, danger is in the air.”

That section right there. It’s really speaking to me. I obsess, I “need” things, I can’t live without things. That just shows me how messed up I am.

And girls, I want to take a moment to apologize. Over the years I know I have encouraged a lot of you to fangirl, to obsess. I’ve brought a lot of you into fandoms that I know are hard to let go of. Honestly, I regret that so much. I’ve influenced you in a wrong way – in a worldly way – when I should have been shining the light of God to all of you. Instead, I think I may have steered some of you away from Him. And I’m so sorry for that.

Now, it is okay to like things. I’m not saying you can’t like anything. What’s wrong is the obsession. The need. That’s when we idolize things and that is wrong. When God said, “You shall not have any other gods before Me.”, He wasn’t only speaking about the other religious gods people have created – He’s also talking about the gods that we create in our everyday lives. We idolize so much and we don’t even realize it. God – our one, true, Lord and Savior – is the only God that we should be worshiping.

From now on I am striving to change. I want to let go of things and be the person that God wants me to be. I want to get on track with God and have Him be the center of my life instead of allowing the things of this world to rule over my life.

“You are my treasure and my reward. Let nothing ever come before.”
Lauren Daigle

~Jaclynn~

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Modesty & True Beauty

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about modesty and true beauty.

This summer I have been having an extremely hard time trying to find a modest swimsuit. It’s honestly sickening that there are hardly any one pieces sold anymore. And the ones there are, the prints are ugly. All the cute prints are used on the hundreds of bikinis, unfortunately.
Is this really what our world has come to? Just think of how people used to dress hundreds of years ago. Women covered their entire body – if a woman’s ankle showed, it was scandalous.
Then eventually, it became okay to show your ankles. Then your arms, then shoulders.
In the time we’re living in now, girls expose their entire legs, their stomachs, backs – just about every part of their body. Girls in church even dress this way.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 says;
“….in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”

To quote the notes in my Bible; “The emphasis is that women should dress appropriately when at worship, and not put on extravagant clothes that draw attention to themselves. Propriety means reverence and respect, shrinking away from what is inappropriate.”

God doesn’t want us to dress inappropriately, He wants us to be modest and not wear things that bring attention to ourselves. It’s sad that girls these days feel like they need to dress a certain way to be “beautiful.” True beauty comes from within and it’s really what’s inside you that’s important.

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Practice true beauty. Be the person God wants you to be. Kindness, love, self-control, compassion, strength, faith, trust, generosity, – these are all things that make you truly beautiful. :)

~Jaclynn~

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And, Again, I Say, Rejoice!

Hi everyone! Today we’re going to take a look at rejoicing.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

I know that occasionally times get so tough and that it seems like you can’t escape your problems. I know the feeling of just being so depressed and when there are so many problems that it just doesn’t seem like there’s anything to be thankful for or to smile about. We’ve all been there at one time or another, but God’s Word says to “Rejoice always.” It doesn’t say to just rejoice whenever you think of something to be happy for, it says always.
Now this doesn’t mean that you should be happy that you broke your leg or that you failed a test – it just means that even in the hard times, there are still reasons to rejoice. For example, you could rejoice that you didn’t die when you fell and broke your leg. And even though you failed that test, you can rejoice that you have such awesome parents or friends who can help you to study and understand your work better.
And of course, you can always rejoice that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you no matter what and catches you when you fall.

The Word also says to “pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.” Now, praying without ceasing seems like it would take a lot of practice, and a way to practice is by praying more and more each day. You don’t have to pray only when you’re having your Bible time or when you sit down to eat your food. You can pray any time, any place.
And when you pray, make sure that you aren’t only asking for things. Thank God for what He has given you. Your family, friends, your talents, everything! Everything you have has been given to you by God, so we should be sure to thank Him daily for His blessings:)

I hope this post inspired or encouraged you in some way. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below! I’d be happy to answer any questions you have and to discuss this subject further with you:)

On another note, thank you all SO much for your support on this blog! I am amazed that I already have 23 followers – WOW! Thanks so much!!😀

Have a great rest of your day!

~Jaclynn~

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