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「因我為你的殿,心中迫切如同火燒;辱罵你的人的辱罵,都落在我身上。」(詩篇69:9)

“Because passion for your house has consumed me, the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me!” (Psalm 69:9)

默想禱告:連 月來,跟人談話的內容,天南地北,拉拉扯扯最後總是回到一個核心主題:同性戀/婚對美國社會所造成的道德危機。不像國內人民全力注目薄熙來、李天一肥皂劇 般案情發展,在地球的這一端,我卻時刻察視著另一股强烈的海嘯暗流正在深處成形,且加速撲向灘岸,不久可以摧毁整個美國社會的家庭倫理及精神體系。有時候 我會暗自深深忖思,考証心中的「危機感」是否出於一時的心理衝動,以自義性、以偏概全、不合時宜的觀點來批判現代的社會價值,還是發自一己內心的真情流露,對敵擋真理的罪性思潮萌發出激情回應?畢竟「衝動」Emotional與「激情」Passionate乃 是一線之差,結果卻是天淵之别。每個人一生中可能經歷多樣性的激情反應。有人初戀時因想對方而茶飯不思,絞盡心思要贏取芳心,亦有人為前途而殫精竭慮,工 作晝夜不息,家庭兒女可置之腦後,那份要闖出一番事業的豪情難以阻擋。但在各式各樣激昂情緒的起伏中,唯獨因基督信仰而醞釀的激情才會真正引發超物質超時 代的正能量。因為基督信仰的激情,有別於動物性的本能衝動,需要建立在關乎上帝和基督的知識上,就是神的話語和聖經原則上,方能脫離庸俗與失控,(摒 棄無理性的暴力手段)而是單以屬靈的「見識」作為道德判斷和是非的認知基礎,最終以神的「是」為是,以神的「非」為非,不會因易變的世俗標準而飄忽不定。 大凡屬靈領袖均具有這種「激情」的氣質和性情,(摩西、大衛、保羅..)但「激情」的生命情操卻非是領袖們的專利。每個重生得救,嚐過天恩滋味的基督徒對 有違反聖經真理的社會改造工程都應該積極表態反對,堅守立場。領袖們不挺力身先士卒是失責,信徒對破口不理不睬將承受難以估計的禍害。看過梅爾‧吉布森執 導的影片《耶穌的激情》PassionoftheChrist,我們被耶穌救贖人類血淋淋形象化的激情所感染,很自然也會作出感性回應。因此,信徒今天漠視罪惡的擴張幾乎是等於輕視和低眨基督為世人捨命犧牲的代價。「辱罵你的人的辱罵,都落在我身上」大衛的激情回應是我們的最佳榜樣。故此,我要拒絕做一個「學者型」的基督徒, 有感而不動; 也不願成為一個不敢面對罪惡真相, 只知自求多福的信徒, 更不想走回頭路, 终日想圓了美國夢的尋夢人。求主憐憫,讓聖靈打開我們的屬靈視野,看見將來險惡的社會形勢,下幾代因我們的漠視和妥協而成了真正的受害者,奉主耶穌聖名祈求,阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享: 附文是號角月報九月份「時事評論」全文)

Meditation & Prayer: These two months I have been whipping out many articles/sharing centered on same sex marriage. Suddenly, it appears that I become very confrontational and argumentative on this issue. I was questioning myself too: Why do I experience a surge of passion of talking about this subject? Am I a prejudicial, intolerant person, filled with self-righteous emotions that drive me against another so called “civil right movement”? Is there an intrinsic difference between Emotional and Passionate? Not until a Christian Social Worker called me to inquire about gay couple petitioning for spouse as immigrants and how it would fundamentally change the current laws, do I realize the negative transforming effects gay marriage could inflict upon society. The more we delve into other concerns in public health, pedophilia, and other forms of abnormal lifestyles…the stronger I react to this moral travesty after serious deliberation with reason and fact based analysis.  I see people are zealous about many things. Some are passionate about work, striving to succeed. Some are passionate about possessions, striving to have more. Many are passionate about hobbies and interests, or sports teams. They are willing to spend enough time, energy and money for those things. But do we show our passion toward God’s business? Every time I watched Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”, my heart reacts with strong emotions of thanksgiving and appreciation for Christ’s unconditional love and sacrifice. I believe the more we truly know about God and who He is, the more our passion for Him will grow. Just as we genuinely regard God as our “object of desire”, our “object of deep interest”, we will be very sensitive and vigilant on things that are against biblical principles and his teaching. This spiritual passion universally manifests itself in the character of leaders and servants of God: Moses, David, Paul…and Christ as our ultimate model. And yet we see indifference, unresponsive attitude among Christian population, especially among the Chinese Christian community, as leaders coyly stay away from showing their position. Perhaps the rationale is that we live in a “bubble”, are busy in pursuing the American Dream, or become complacent with our middle class way of life. Like the sister told me: “I am so naïve about this issue and do not have enough understanding of the subject matter until I discuss with you.” So let us educate ourselves by following a series of discussion presented by IFI’s 5 part series by Laurie Higgins http://illinoisfamily.org/education/teachers-arrogant-admissions-part-5/ , exposing the radical agenda of same sex marriage. May God’s mercy and guidance be with all of us, in Jesus holy name I pray, Amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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