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Do you ever feel completely lost in the world?  Like some outside source has pressed pause on your life, as the rest of the world races about.  I am in a Starbucks in Toronto.  From Toronto to Orlando, it appears that Rainbow flag manufacturers have been working overtime.  This part of Toronto is steeped in gay culture.  While some folks are completely at home in such a place, I’m a little apprehensive and to be honest, a little hopeless.

There are Canadian, rainbow flags, advertisements for banks, businesses and even governmental organizations all proclaiming support by the juxtaposition of their logos with rainbow flags.  One ATM stop sported a rainbow bulls-eye painted on the sidewalk and bank building.  In order to get cash you had to stand in the center of the rainbow.  I thought, how prophetic, every human stands in the epicenter of rainbow-ic influence.  It is all around us.

Almost overnight, LGBT influence grew exponentially, after the mass shooting in Orlando.  The message of freedom from homosexuality that I preach, was shunned before, but most politely disagreed.  Now we rest at a place where any word spoken against all things gay stands a good chance of outright, religious persecution.  When banks and businesses are now invested in promoting the gay agenda, it gives them power to negatively impact those who stands in opposition to the proliferation of gay influence.  Can you imagine if a bank or business tried to use it’s influence to proclaim the name of Jesus?

What might have initially started out as a push for equal rights has now festered into an all out push for influence, dominance, and ultimately power.  Those influencing public opinion from gay circles aren’t out to equalize culture.  They are out to become the dominate voice in all rhetoric regarding sex, sexuality and religion, stifling all dissenting opinions by whatever means necessary.

Toronto has been eye opening.  Yesterday in one part of the city there was a Jesus-fest and in another part people were celebrating gay Pride.  Interestingly enough, a group of influential people in the city tried to stop the Jesus event, but many petitioned and Jesus won.  Can you imagine what might have happened if Christian leaders had tried to squelch the Pride event?

We are facing a time, not only in our country, but in the world where Christians need to be doing two things simultaneously.  We need to be on our knees in prayer for the lost, not just for those in the gay community, but the lost in general.  We must also continue to speak the name of Jesus and share our testimonies, despite the persecution.  Hebrews 13:6 says “…so that I may say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man can do to me.”  Every human needs Jesus.  Not allah.  Not Buddha.  Not Love, Light and positive energy, for goodness sakes that sounds like a description for a new Microwave, anyway.  Just Jesus.  If we, as Christians presented a more approachable demeanor, maybe the lost would leave their false gods and flock to the voice of the One True God.

Not so many years ago, it was Christians proclaiming their faith in the public sector, while gay men and women celebrated quietly and cautiously in silence.  I should know.  I was one of those men, scared and afraid of Christians and suffering in silence.  Now, many Christians share their faith with great trepidation, as the world proclaims allegiance and alliance with the LGBT gods.  No person should cower in fear from another.  Neither should the gay community call the stifling of Christian beliefs, tolerance, when their actions are more indicative of a dictatorship.

Christians must bring Jesus to the world in an effective way.  The bible says that an effective, fervent prayer will accomplish much.  It’s presumptuous to expect the world to come find Jesus where we are.  Some of them have been to our churches and for whatever reason have left.  Those who haven’t been to our churches base their opinions off conversations with unsatisfied, church customers.

Whatever the case, someone has got to swallow their pride and reach over the burgeoning wall that’s been under construction for decades.  They are steeped in Pride, but aren’t we supposed to be seasoned with the Holy Spirit.  Greater is He is that is in us people, than he that is in the world.  Remember?  The word calls us to leave the 99 and search for the lost one.  Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”  He never said, fight to prove you are right.

I think of the scripture in Ephesians 6:12 that says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Satan is the enemy.  Humans are affected by the spiritual influences whether they believe in it or not.  We believe, so we know how to fight for the lost, even as they hate and disagree with us.  They are still beloved by God and so talented and gifted by God.

Can I be honest?  Even though I feel deep love and pity for my gay friends, I am troubled to see Orlando synonymous with the rainbow flag.  It is a Godly symbol that has been hijacked by the gay community and promotes oppression and rebellion, not freedom.  My heart aches as a banner of brokenness flies over Orlando, but let it remind us that the hurting and lost need our prayers, not our resentment and cold shoulder.   I am grateful that my church and others have stepped up to embrace the needs of those affected by the horrific tragedy.  A tragedy committed against a community I used to call home.  Grateful that churches are placing value on individual lives.  I still have friends in the gay community.  I would mourn their loss if they were senselessly taken from this world.

Satan uses every angle to drive a wedge between God and the God’s creation.  He uses death and destruction, but he occasionally dabbles in emotional manipulation.  Ministry to those who struggle with homosexuality will look different in Orlando after this.  As a Christian man who walked away from the sin of homosexuality, I am called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, which calls people to repent of sin, not tolerate it.  For sure I will offend without even meaning to.  The gospel is offensive, if interpreted correctly, by the Holy Spirit and not according to the bias of sinful men.  Yet, we don’t have to preach the gospel with anger and vengeance.

I believe that a time of persecution is coming for Christians in America who speak the truth in regards to all sin.  Yet God is our fortress in time of trouble.  The enemy of God and his plan for man will stop at nothing to destroy lives and perpetuate an all out attack against anyone who stands for and lives according to the gospel of Christ.  Yet, God does not leave us hopeless and lost in this world.  He sent Jesus as an answer to our sin.  He also gave us commandments in his word.  I will leave you with one such command, spoken in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”