Why “LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN” Is Flawed.

Note: This post is mainly for Christians, but some non-Christians can take a peek, too. Just a warning, you may be a little bit confused by what you read.

In recent times, I have become a bit annoyed by the whole “love the sinner hate the sin” concept. This may be shocking for some people. And yes, I am a Christian. I was bathed in the blood of Christ and forever forgiven from my sins because I put my trust in Him. How then can I say “love the sinner hate the sin” is flawed?

So let me explain.

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Faith Fridays: The Silent Voice of God

I figured since Short Story Saturdays is making a comeback, why not bring back Faith Fridays? So here we are. This subject has been very personal in my life recently. It’s also the thing that I spoke my first message on. (Yes, I have lead a devotional occasionally. Being an introvert, I was terrified every time I went up. But the people liked it, so I did it every time I was asked.)

The question is this. What do I do when the voice of God seems silent in my life? The fact is that, as a Christian, you will eventually go through a patch where God either seems to be far less active in your life or completely inactive. Your prayers go up and nothing comes back down. It’s depressing.

So what can you do? Well, there are a few things you need to do.

1. Unplug your ears.

It’s very plausible that God is completely willing to speak to you. But you might not be willing to listen. That seems very strange to the frustrated person. The frustrated person thinks: “I’ve tried everything, of course I’m willing to listen!” But what are you keeping from Him?

Obviously, God is God. You can’t physically keep any secret from Him. But you can consistently decide to not confess a certain sin and turn away from it. If you’re doing that, you’re actually ignoring God while claiming to be seeking Him. Make sure you’re blocking out every distraction from your Heavenly Father.

2. Open the Word.

We have a giant book of answers at our fingertips most of the time. If you have a Bible, open it. It’s still very possible still that He is trying to give you an answer. But if you are not opening the Bible and reading it, you won’t find it for a while probably. You have the questions and the Bible has the answers.

3. Keep praying anyway.

Just because you’re not getting what you asked for is no reason to stop asking for it. It’s extremely easy to give up when you have a bit of an obstacle. We’ll find every excuse in the book. If it isn’t that God is being silent, then it’s that it isn’t the answer you want. If it isn’t that you didn’t get the answer you wanted, it’s that He isn’t doing it quickly enough. But none of these reasons are legitimate reasons to stop praying.

There’s a set of verses on this that comes to mind instantly. Those would be the parable from Luke 18.

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: ‘There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

4. Recognize who God is.

This seems a bit odd. I mean, we all know who God is. Perhaps not completely, but we have a basic idea. God is loving, compassionate, just, avenging… and sovereign. I’m not about to say that God does not care about what you’re praying for. He loves His children, but He’s also not a genie. There’s nothing that forces Him to answer your prayer request. That is not how God works. Like Aslan, He is not tame. He will do it when He wants to, not just whenever you ask Him. Realizing that you cannot force God to do things changes your prayer life drastically. It will make you a far more patient person. I know it made me one. Even if you already know this, a reminder is good. And finally, the wrap-up.

5. Realize that you might not be doing anything wrong at all.

Silence can actually be a sign of intimacy. I know friends who I can hang out with, say nothing at all, and it will be completely fine. You don’t have to say anything to say something, if that makes any sense at all. It’s a sign of trust. It’s a sign that you and God are going to the next level in the relationship. And that, my friend, is pretty awesome.

So if you’re experiencing a silent God, then I say kudos to you friend. So keep praying, keep reading, and keep on seeking the LORD. Cool things are about to happen, because He isn’t going to be silent forever.

Getting Out Of A Writing Rut

I was actually in a writing rut for a while. Bad time to be in one, since I’m on the last draft of a book I’ve been working on for some time. But something brought me out of that rut. Well a few things, really.

The first was the desire just to get it finished: to hold in my hands a hardcover book with a nice ribbon bookmark and a gorgeous cover and realized that all that work meant something.

The second was the thought that maybe someday I would be signing books and that someone would come up to me, place my own book in front of me and tell me how much they loved it, that it was their favorite. I would love to see someone fanboy / fangirl over my book just as much as I do.

The third is really just an extension of the second. I made the things that I’ve struggled with in life a key facet of my writing: depression, rejection, bitterness and loneliness. But though the characters I wrote struggle with many of these same things, I also made a light at the end of the tunnel, a happy ending, if you will. I would love to see someone come up to me to tell me how encouraging that book was for their own personal trials and struggle. I would love to hear that the book gave them the courage to press on even when they didn’t want to.

And finally, I would love to see some people come to faith in Christ through it. Although this is a fictional book in a fictional world, faith and trust make themselves key aspects of the novel. Faith is the very frame, the cornerstone for the entire book. I am not ashamed of this in the least. Now, I suppose you can read the book and see it as just a very nice story about sacrifice and faith and trust. But I would also add that it’s probably not going to be as intricate and interesting a story if you are not seeing it through this light. So hearing someone tell me that it changed their life would be fantastic.

Perhaps I have my expectations too high, seeing as it’s my very first book published. Only about a third of writers get their first books published, maybe less. But I’m obnoxiously hopeful! So I guess we’ll just have to see how big this project of mine gets.

Faith Fridays: Regarding Modern Revelations

Faith Fridays: Regarding Modern Revelations

Faith Fridays

I’m back, and I’m here with an especially controversial topic. But I don’t think it should be causing quite as much controversy as it does. We know that God revealed certain divine things to people back in Biblical times. If He didn’t, we wouldn’t have the Bible. It is also noted that prophecy is one of the spiritual gifts. But past this point, it gets a little muddy. The question is this: does…

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Faith Fridays: Regarding Modern Revelations

I’m back, and I’m here with an especially controversial topic. But I don’t think it should be causing quite as much controversy as it does.

We know that God revealed certain divine things to people back in Biblical times. If He didn’t, we wouldn’t have the Bible. It is also noted that prophecy is one of the spiritual gifts. But past this point, it gets a little muddy. The question is this: does God reveal extrabiblical truths to people today?

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Faith Fridays: Regarding Free Will

Faith Fridays

Today I have decided not to use my own words, but the words of an old church father, to talk about a big discussion in the church: free will. That church father I mentioned is none other than St. Augustine! Here is the question: Can God’s sovereignty and free will coexist? So here is a small piece from the piece “Augustine’s Retractions”. He nails it excellently. Prepare yourselves; it’s a bit…

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Faith Fridays: Regarding Free Will

Today I have decided not to use my own words, but the words of an old church father, to talk about a big discussion in the church: free will. That church father I mentioned is none other than St. Augustine! Here is the question: Can God’s sovereignty and free will coexist? So here is a small piece from the piece “Augustine’s Retractions”. He nails it excellently. Prepare yourselves; it’s a bit wordy and it is quite formal, but it does explain it all quite well.

It’s about to get deep, y’all.

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Faith Fridays Double Feature: Concerning Going Home (Part 2)

Faith Fridays

Today it’s going to get a little darker in tone than the last Faith Friday. It’s because I want to talk to you about a very, very serious subject. The fact is that not everyone will get to call Heaven home. I want to warn you about a lie that is going around amongst us young people. There is a lie that we must use up our younger years to satisfy ourselves. We must be selfish with our time, they…

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Faith Fridays Double Feature: Concerning Going Home (Part 2)

Today it’s going to get a little darker in tone than the last Faith Friday. It’s because I want to talk to you about a very, very serious subject.

The fact is that not everyone will get to call Heaven home.

I want to warn you about a lie that is going around amongst us young people. There is a lie that we must use up our younger years to satisfy ourselves. We must be selfish with our time, they say, because we won’t have it again. But let me tell you something, and I’m going to speak as clearly as I can.

That. Is. Crap.

It is. It really is. And here’s why.

There is a thing known as the butterfly effect. It says that every decision you make has a profound implication later in the future. Say I crack my knuckles once. Well, that would make it easier for me to do it again. If I keep on doing it on a regular basis, I’m probably going to have arthritis when I get older. What that would mean for an artist like me is that I would have only a small area of time to do artwork like I love to do.

I’m telling you that we have a very small area of time to make big decisions here on Earth.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)

I’m telling you that when the Bible says a vapor, it means that our life is freakishly short. We have around eighty years, and that’s supposing we don’t get into an accident first. You literally don’t know if you’ll be living tomorrow.

I’m not sure whether I’m intentionally scaring anyone or not. I put this up because I’m thinking about it a lot myself. I don’t want to be living my life with any regrets. And I have to ask – if I’m trying to not live it with regrets – what the point of it all is? Really, I only know one thing for sure, one mission:

 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthe 28:16-20)

And what am I to teach them, except that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again, and that by believing in Him we can have ETERNAL LIFE? Should I not say that I know the way to eternal happiness? Why am I standing on the side of the road as I watch the rest of the human race about to be hit by a mac truck? And what makes it worse? That I haven’t done a thing about it. Even now I’m telling myself that I can’t do it, I can’t save everyone. And that’s right, I can’t. But why am I just sitting by while the seconds tick away? It’s kinda freaky to think about.

So I’m not saying to turn into a psychopath. But what I am saying is to think, honestly, about those who can’t say that Heaven is their real home. We don’t have forever, we just have a set of years.

Explaining Things

Somebody asked me the meaning behind my url recently. I think maybe this is a good time to actually explain it, so here’s what I responded:

“The meaning behind it? Well, one of the biggest parts of writing [for me] is my faith. And I want to use my gift to help society, to help them see what’s wrong [with them] and fix it. So I’m like a messenger angel, and sometimes I have to be really brutally honest in my writing to get people to understand. I have to get my wings dirty. That’s what blackwingedgabriel means.”

So why do you write?