In a statement released to The Times, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn. said it is “pleased” to have the foundation participate in this year’s event.
“It is the organization’s third entry in three years tied to their mission of delivering medical services and advocacy in fighting AIDS worldwide,” the statement says.
The foundation’s float will be one of the last in Wednesday’s parade.
The wedding — of Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42 — will take place about 9:30 a.m. Kenslea said the wedding is the perfect way to honor the parade’s theme of “Dreams Come True,” by showing the dream of lesbians and gay men realized.
The Issue of Tolerance
The onslaught in these culturo-spiritual wars is evident. The two sides have drawn up battle lines. Each side cries fouls and screams intolerance. Might I remind that tolerance does not mean agreement with, or the condoning of, someone’s actions. I tolerate what I dislike, not what I like.
- Some people tolerate high levels of pain without crying.
- Some people tolerate falling from the roof without injury.
- Some people tolerate certain levels of toxicity without dying.
- Some people tolerate certain levels of disobedience without punishment.
Tolerance means that I can deal with the Rose Parade allowing a same-sex wedding on a float. I do not have to agree with it. I do not have to like it. I can, in fact, share the Biblical opinion on the matter. Tolerance is about the ability to survive through something. I believe same-sex marriages are wrong because the Bible says homosexuality is a perversion of God’s design.
The Issue of Judging
Now that I have said that, many will cry foul and even quote scripture to me like Charlie Sheen did to Phil in his twitter account. What I find humorous is that not only do those who care not start quoting scripture, but they get after it with King James Version! In context, which is how it should be done, Jesus is speaking on a variety of issues. He begins his wrap up with Judge not. What does this mean? A LOT of people uses this verse as verbal daggers. He does say do not judge. This has as much to do with our attitude toward others as it does with our actions toward one another. Since out attitude drives our actions we should check both before opening our mouths.
We must not judge rashly, nor pass such a judgment upon our brother as has no ground, but is only the product of our own jealousy and ill nature. We must not make the worst of people, nor infer such invidious things from their words and actions as they will not bear. We must not judge uncharitably, unmercifully, nor with a spirit of revenge, and a desire to do mischief. We must not judge of a man’s state by a single act, nor of what he is in himself by what he is to us, because in our own cause we are apt to be partial. (Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1643). Peabody: Hendrickson.)
When it comes to the homosexual matter, it is best to stay out of opinion and into Scripture. God condemns it as unnatural in Leviticus. Later, Paul condemns it as unnatural in Romans. In both the Old and New Testament God makes a statement concerning homosexuality – it is wrong. For me to say it is wrong can sound “judgy” especially if I am saying it in a boycott or rude or harsh way. For me, or any Christian, to call a man a reprobate, castoff, or unworthy of God’s grace is beyond my scope of ability and is judging them in a way that is God’s alone. However, I am to love them, counsel them, and share God’s truth with them as permitted by relationship and opportunity. The Bible said it and I will speak it.
Standing Your Ground
If we have learned anything from the dismissal to return of Father Phil on Duck Dynasty it is that public voice and opinion matters. We have been given the ability to speak freely. With freedom comes responsibility, too. Just because you could say it does not mean you should. Proverbs tells us that it is better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Standing up for what you believe is politically correct and biblically accurate just make sure you do it right. Ephesians tells us to speak the truth in love. How often do we seem lovely in these debates? Be firm. Be fair. Be accurate. Be loving. Stand your ground.
A Dream Come True
Someday all of my dreams will come true, but not in this life. The dreams of my heart are centered in hope and grounded in faith that one day Jesus will return and God will make all thing new. For those who have turned their life over to God and walk by faith following Jesus Christ, dreams really will come true.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.