9/2-9/8/13

<信心的呼喊>9/2-9/8/13

「因著信,他們圍繞耶利哥城七天,城牆就倒塌了。」(希伯來書11:30)

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.”(Hebrews 11:30)

默 想禱告:在高速上堵車,順手打開收音機聽新聞,不知是否巧合,一連串報導都涉及同性婚合法化的討論。訪問中,明尼蘇達Minnesota市長語出驚人,向 伊利諾州同性戀者發出邀請, 隨時歡迎往該州註册結婚,批評說芝加哥不夠開放自由,同性婚尚未合法,人權不張。隨後電台又報導两個分別在華府、德州發生的案例,主角都是基督徒,因他們 拒絕為同性戀者的婚禮送花和烘烤蛋糕而被提訴,以至店舖不得不關門。聯想不久後我要按上頭指示,簽批同性戀者申請其海外同性伴侶親屬移民的情景,內心驀然 激起了悲憤和憂驚,也替教會牧師們將來面臨拒絕為同性戀者證婚的两難處境而牽掛。帶著這種心情到達會場參加伊州家庭協會(IFI)主辦的護衛傳統婚姻領袖 遊行會議,感覺不是很扎實,感覺自己有點像12個探子中的一個。感謝主,藉著接近50位各界代表,包括兩位州議員,天主教芝加哥教區代表,非洲裔牧師聯盟 代表,拉丁裔牧師聯盟代表,個別白人教會牧師,護衛教會及家庭的機構及侓師團代表,每個人逐一發言,誓要捍衛聖經真理而紛紛表態,使我原來低沉的心緒,猛 然被激勵如火焰騰飛。誠如在場的趙約翰牧師會後分享說:「我沒有後悔參加。在那裡,我看到了各族裔的代表。一位西班牙裔的牧師用西班牙話鼓勵大家,旁邊另 外一位西班牙裔的牧師替他翻英文。我發現語言不能阻擋他們激動的心…歷史歷代以來,人類的道德敗壞,江河日下,似乎勢不可擋,但是神從來沒有在任何一個世 代停止過讓人聽到祂的聲音。聽不聽,神給人自由,但傳不傳是我們的責任。我們不要作約拿書第一章的約拿…我們也千萬不要小看所面對的。同性戀婚姻合法化之 後就是群體結婚,就是教導孩子我們要過一​​個“我們想要怎麼樣愛就怎麼樣愛的生活。”我們就好像是小大衛打巨人歌利亞。但從實際人口比例上來講,同性戀 只不過是3%,為什麼今天好像他們快要勢如破竹,全部拿下?沉痛的說,因為太多的基督徒,教會,或真理不明,或有不合神心意的考量,採取沉默。真的 是,"If we keep silent,we lose!" 」 我太久沒有聽見這種肺腑之言了!基督徒當中對同性戀可能存有不同的看法,想法,分析和討論,但我求主的靈感動摧逼,在這關鍵性時刻,我們願意以行動代替緘 默,以信心的呼喊代替搖擺的立場,讓我們都挺身而立,走出使人喪志的舒逸,在十月伊州首府春田市繞城而行, 一如當年「耶利哥」信心的壯舉! 禱告祈求奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享-附上9/5晚IFI會議團隊照)

 

Meditation & Prayer: On my way to attend the IFI Leadership Meeting on 9/5, I got stuck in the heavy traffic and listened to the news on the radio. Coincidentally, a series of similar subjects greatly aroused my curiosity. First was the report on the mayor of Minnesota's largest city made a proposal to Chicago's gay and lesbian community: Get married in Minneapolis, in order to attract lucrative wedding business from Chicago and other cities in the area, where same-sex marriage has not been legalized. The 2 other reports pertained to business owners getting sued because they decided not to provide floral arrangement and baking wedding cake for same sex couples. I began thinking what happen later when I am bound by law to approve gay couple immigrant petitions and child adoption applications? I walked in the meeting feeling depressed at the dire situation on this issue, until I heard a short testimony from each individual (over 40) who are State Representatives, pastors, church leaders, organizations, lawyers… united in one voice to stop the gay marriage agenda to move forward in Illinois. Rev. John Zhao later said: “I do not feel regret from attending this meeting. I saw many representatives from different ethnic communities. One Hispanic pastor spoke in Spanish with translation filled with great passion, language isn’t a barrier at all. Throughout history, God never stopped man from hearing his voice; despite rapid moral decline occur in every human society. God gives man the freedom to choose, but Christians have the obligation to speak out on His behalf. We should not repeat what prophet Jonah did in the first place. Even more important, we cannot afford to neglect the serious consequences of the gay marriage legislation. Once legalized, more groups of abnormal behavior will be emboldened to force their values down our throats and pollute the minds of our children. We are like fighting another Goliath- a powerful dark force, even though it only represents 3% of the population.  The bottom line is: If we keep silent, we lose!” What an inspiring remark! Among Chinese Christians, there are different kinds of reaction toward gay marriage, but taking action against it is not one of it. I pray that those who attended the meeting will bring a fresh impetus to our community, that on October 23rd, we will join hands with thousands of God’s children to march down in Springfield, to circle around the capitol, as though we are surrounding the city of Jericho, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen.(Brother Mike Chan sharing. Attached is the picture at the IFI meeting on 9/5.)  

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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