It's all too difficult...

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[Note: Original post on the Christ Church Cincy website written at my fathers suggestion and reposted here at his request.]

Ross Kaminsky, a radio personality in Colorado, recently received an email from a Christian man tempted by same sex attraction. As the email comes to its conclusion, this Christian man says, "...sodomy is a deviancy. The healthiest thing for me is when a wise man can warn me of the horror, perversion, and abomination of the practice, and save my soul..." Kaminsky responded by email, "I feel terrible that society or the Bible, which I call an old book, are making you feel terrible about yourself." After sharing this response on the air, he then added the following comment:

"This guy used the term deviancy, basically to describe himself. I think this is terrible. I think this is, it just has me shaking my head. I wish this guy would just go out there and be happy. And I guess it just comes down to that he thinks he won't be happy if he's not abiding by his Christian faith. I think it's all too difficult."

What about the temptations you face? Is it too much for anybody to expect you to keep fighting those sins for the rest of your life? Is it all too difficult? This is the godless view of Kaminsky. He wants you to "just go out there and be happy." Murder? Adultery, Sodomy? Embezzling? If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad. 

We are so scared to call people to turn away from the sins that tempt them today, for fear that they will be offended, but this is the work of saving their souls. If you are a Christian, let's join the Apostle Paul in declaring to all men "that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance" (Acts 26:20).

But maybe you find yourself thinking, "I can't expect him to turn away from that sin. It's all too difficult." To you I ask this serious question. Is this how you think about your own sin? The temptation is always to give up the fight, thinking that God is unable to make us holy. To you, Paul says, "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12).

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Joseph and his wife, Heidi, have five children, Tate, Eliza Jane, Moses, Fiona and Annabel. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Clearnote Pastors College. He is currently planting Christ Church in Cincinnati with several other families.