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When Weakness Becomes Wickedness 01/09/2009

Obama and Warren

Homosexuals will not tolerate their president's tolerance of Rick Warren.

 

Every person living on this planet has inherent weaknesses. There are no exceptions. This fact necessitates a willingness to acknowledge it and submit to help. We tend to develop practices and habits that not only prove harmful to us as individuals, but also bear the potential to hurt to those around us. Once we understand this, we should be willing to seek assistance.

There is no place for condemnation when someone struggles with or succumbs to weakness. We have all struggled with appetites that can lead us astray. Healthy expressions of compassion from those who have overcome their weaknesses invite those who still struggle to seek help.

Compulsive eating, uncontrolled spending, substance abuse and lustful attractions are a few of the many weaknesses that can devastate people’s lives. However, much of our society has moved in the wrong way. Where we once lived in a state of denial, we are now advocating radical justification for totally inappropriate lifestyles.

Sexual attraction is one of the most powerful weaknesses. Adultery has destroyed far too many marriages. Homosexuality erodes the very foundation of marriage. Instead of dealing with these things as weaknesses (and even daring to label them as “sin”), more people are excusing them or boldly justifying them as “the way we happen to be wired.” Through this ruse, all manner of corrupt practices are defended.

Homosexuality is a weakness. It is presently being defended as “the way we were created,” but even that questionable justification lacks substance. Pedophiles may believe they were created with an attraction to children. Polygamists have attempted to justify their actions under the guise of religion. An habitual adulterer may excuse his actions as a natural appetite that one woman cannot fulfill. But the fact remains, we choose our actions. We may not choose our weaknesses, but we decide whether to resist them or give in to them.

When weaknesses are justified and even celebrated, it becomes wickedness. It no longer remains a personal choice, but becomes a mechanism to exploit the weaknesses of others.

Those who consume drugs, pornography or other destructive vices often become peddlers of their corruption. They create networks to perpetuate their lifestyles. They are no longer consumers; they are consumed.

“Deliver us from evil,” Jesus said in the passage referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. People who have moved from denying their weakness to embracing it need to be delivered. As is the case with any addict, they need help to escape its grasp.

 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter,” the prophet Isaiah warned. “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.”

Paul wrote about those who rejected God and their “foolish hearts were darkened.” He said, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” As a result, “God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…”

We see this today on many fronts. While homosexuality was once something we were told to decriminalize, then tolerate, we are now pressured to equate it with traditional marriage, under the guise of “civil rights.” Christians who do not bend to their will are targeted for harassment. Churches are desecrated, businesses are sued and leaders are ridiculed.

Christians should continue to love those who struggle with weakness. Kindness, forgiveness and mercy must be preached and exemplified. But when weakness becomes wickedness, a line is crossed. There must be compassion toward weakness, but no compromise with wickedness.

Ironically, even President-elect Obama is being blasted for inviting Pastor Rick Warren to participate in his inauguration. Those who hide behind “tolerance” have become intolerant of their own presidential choice when he expresses tolerance toward those with whom they disagree. This attitude of rage and destruction illustrates the shift from weakness to wickedness. It allows no varying views and vows to annihilate alternate opinions or actions.

Our nation needs healing. It can start by understanding weaknesses and offering help to those who will receive it. But we must start by allowing others to point out our weaknesses without the threat of retaliation. Then we must be willing to admit when something really is a weakness. When we become healthy enough to recognize the difference between right and wrong, instead of trying to justify our actions and destroy our opposition, we can find peace through deliverance. Then, and only then, can we restore our nation’s foundation and regain our moral stability and strength.


Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 770

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.