It’s really important to me that someone, somewhere is actually publishing sound thought in contrast to otherwise unsound behavior. No, I’m not talking about Hollywood’s behavior during last night’s Grammys in which 33 couples were married in a makeshift chapel, the majority of them homosexual. I’m talking about the responses that many Christians are having toward it.

My issue?

Their criticisms don’t sound much like Jesus’ example.

Get Your Head In The Game

First, three thoughts to set this up:

1.) I can’t expect the unsaved to operate as if they’re saved. Unrighteous people do not naturally produce righteousness. So it’s pointless to get upset with Hollywood’s sense (or lack thereof) of morality. Asking them to behave morally is similar to insisting that a lion eat only salad mix. You only prevail in irritating the lion and embarrassing yourself. And possibly getting eaten.

Sinners sin, and they do so quite well. I know I would if it’s all I knew.

2.) Whatever respect I had for the awards society—which, I should add, was next to nothing—has now exhausted itself. Any ounce of class has been cast aside, proving that making political statements is more important than music. Though, I would argue, it stopped being about music a long time ago. As someone once quoted on my couch while watching A White Christmas for the first time, “Imagine that: an era where being famous meant you had to be talented.”

3.) I’m grieved for the children that are now being conditioned to believe that what they saw last night is real life. They’ll end up in my office when their lives falls apart in 10 years. Or sooner. Whatever it is that people who can’t stay married for more than 12 months promote as “marriage” probably shouldn’t be treated with a lot of legitimacy.

Becoming God

Now, if you’ll allow me to elaborate, and maybe get a little crazy before I bring it home:

The Grammy’s tasteless promotion of gay marriage (it was tasteless even for the straight marriages!) only proves that relativism is advancing. Redefine marriage from anything other than what the Bible defines it as, and—well—it can quite literally be anything other than what the Bible defines it as. Same sex people. Multiple people. Animals. People and animals. Have fun making your own rules.

The end game of the relativist approach to life always ends in the relativist being paramount to everything—God included.

• B. Peryer

Simply put, humanity, left to its own devices, wants to be God. Or god.

What’s incredible is that God agrees with them. And he’s one step ahead, as always. Jesus offers the opportunity to become “little Christs” (Greek: Christians), and in a very real sense—actually, in true reality—we receive his divine nature, his God-self. What’s fascinating is that the very thing the unsaved want—to be God—is the very thing Christians have. They just might not be ready for what true God-hood is. Where the world thinks being god is looking for control and appeasement of self, God thinks being God is sacrificial love and endless service in the promotion of others above self.

Interesting in that, apart from Christ, humanity destroys itself and everything around it, all in the name of advancement. Yet, God isn’t afraid of us becoming God-like, he just knows that without himself being in the center of that transformation, it’s irrelevant.

Bring On The Dinner Parties

So what’s the response to Hollywood? The same as it was for Jesus: go to a dinner party.

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.

• Matthew 9:10 NLT

Matthew was a tax collector. Which means he was rich. And probably a manipulative tyrant. Which also means the other “disreputable sinners” were friends of his who he bought with his money. Read: prostitutes, drunks, politicians, pimps and at least a hit man or two.

And don’t think I’m being so dramatic. Remember, it’s the religious church-attenders’ response that proves just how bad of company Jesus was spending his time with:

But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

• Matthew 9:11 NLT

If you’re looking at your TV thinking, “What awful scum they are,” then you might want to think about snipping the “Pharisee” badge off your blazer.

The Christian response to the Grammys is the same as it’s always been: live such a lifestyle that the unquenchable, insatiable and undeniable love of God makes any other pursuit look trivial in comparison to knowing Jesus.

If all we’re doing is promoting principles—no matter how righteous or true—then we’ll probably always miss impacting people.

Until we’re willing to dine with delinquents we’ll only dabble with divinity.



Ted Hamilton · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:15 am

Yes, this. Though the church needs to have an internal discussion about such matters occurring within its’ own borders.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 6:49 am

    Ted: I don’t think you need to be torn at all.

    Firstly, if Jesus conducted himself in a certain way, you’re safe there to do the same. And if he further demonstrated an ongoing, consistent pattern of it, then we have even more reason to adopt it.

    Secondly, Paul was specifically addressing behavior within the church:

    “I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.” (1 Corinthians 5:11 NLT)


    “It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” (1 Corinthians 5:12 NLT)

      Kirk Gilchrist · 28 Jan ’14 at 8:24 am

      Great article as always Christopher. It’s excellent, well stated, and extremely Biblical – which I like.

      The one great issue I have is the idea of living like Christ. I absolutely believe we need to have more “dinners” with those of different views, but I wonder what they will see? Do we as Christians show them a “Holy” Jesus (and I’m sure not talking about legalism) or do we try and be as close to that style of living in order to somehow try and look and sound “hip” (old word – but it gets across the point). I believe there is a hunger in those outside the Kingdom to see the real Kingdom. Families that are in order, a lifestyle of integrity and truth and yet relentless love for their soul and an open mind to not be a puppet.

      That all being said, I believe there are 2 issues on the table. Do we really reveal the Jesus of the Bible in loving the sinner? And do we really reveal the Christian of the NT and all of its Epistles and commands?

      Thanks Bro!


        Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 10:26 am

        “I believe there is a hunger in those outside the Kingdom to see the real Kingdom.”

        Yes, yes, yes. I love this thought because it means we don’t have to somehow hide our obsession with Jesus, thinking that it might offend others (though for some it will). Jesus never hid himself, and yet the heathen *still* loved who he was!

        Perhaps the fact that perishing people don’t love us the same way they did him is proof that maybe we’re not acting like Jesus? Food for thought.

        Thanks for your encouragement.

          Mary · 19 Feb ’14 at 3:19 am

          Paul said he became a servant to all in order that he may win a few. It’s great that we can go in and love the sinner and not the sin (so-to-speak though I don’t really like that phrase) but are we remaining pure while doing so.
          We can embrace the person but not the lifestyle. We must find the balance between acceptance and approval. Jesus accepted all who approached Him with an open heart no matter what their circumstances were but He still called them out of the darkness and into the light. He told Mary of Magdalene to “Go, and sin no more.” If our desire for reaching out to the ungodly is just to be accepted and liked, then we aren’t being like Jesus at all. If everyone likes us then we probably aren’t revealing Him correctly.

          Christopher Hopper · 19 Feb ’14 at 3:40 pm

          I think Jesus’ God-presence was so strong, that people couldn’t help but want to be better when they were around him. He loves us just the way we are, but too much to let us stay that way.

          Thanks for the comment, Mary!

          Mary · 19 Feb ’14 at 9:20 pm

          Such a difficult and delicate balance, isn’t it Chris? There’s always gonna be the ‘should’ve dones’ and ‘would’ve dones’ and the ‘you did a good job’s and the ‘you’re doing it wrong’ and the praises and the condemnations… Bottom line is all we can do is listen to the Spirit and be as “Jesus” as we can be and let the Spirit do the rest. Each situation and individual is unique, thus how we handle each must also be and only He knows what that way is and all we can do is to do our best to let Him lead us even if it doesn’t always make sense to another believers mind, and even if we miss it by a little or a lot, dear God if our hearts and motivations are right and Love is the ultimate reason we do anything, Gods gonna cover the rest. Yeah, I believe that. Love WILL prevail over our humanistic efforts, even over evil.

          I’m working thru things in my own life situations as I comment, those are the things I’m reflecting on, even though they could apply to the greater theme here as well. I certainly do NOT have it all figured out and I learn as I go along and sometimes I miss it, sometimes I don’t, but I know the One who knows it all and trust that He will bring all things to fruition and completion and into His glorious perfection — and I thank you for lending me your most gracious sounding board.

          Christopher Hopper · 20 Feb ’14 at 7:28 am

          “…all we can do is to do our best to let Him lead us even if it doesn’t always make sense to another believers mind…”

          Well said. And what a blessing to have the support of the Bride of Christ around us when we’re wading through those waters. Or even a blog comment section. Keep going, woman of God. You’re awesome.

Amanda Scott House · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:15 am

Well said Chris, my heart just broke for what I saw and I cannot imagine how Jesus felt when He experienced what He saw on this earth. Such a variation between each group’s response to Him, and the ones who felt they were most justified were the ones that were used to lead Him to the cross. God works in such paradox to what humanity says is right, and good, and true. I’ve been asking God to give me eyes to see how He sees and confidence to draw near to His throne of righteousness for true wisdom.

By the way, I wish I could have come up to Hope on Sunday and connect with you, Clayton was working at the hospital down the street from you, and my role was to lead worship with the Body of Believers that I’m called too. The great thing is that even though we were at separate buildings we were praising the same God and He was pleased 😉 God’s blessings to you and your family!

Amanda House

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:23 am

    “..The ones who felt they were most justified were the ones that were used to lead Him to the cross.”

    What a powerful and convicting line! Well said. Thanks for the great addition!

    Hugs and high fives to you both. Too true; wherever the Body meets, that’s where I want to be. Keep running the race (and leading people in praise!).

Mike Kim · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:31 am

Great stuff. The Christian response is tough, of course. I find it hard to walk it through at times.

Shifting gears though, when I pull back and see where society is trending with the homosexual issue, I’m actually not too surprised they did this at the Grammys.

Just a generation ago, music was extremely political. Hendrix, the Beatles, the list goes on and on. We herald their art today, but they were before my time and I don’t think I could ever understand the political context that music was born in.

That said, the music of the 60’s et al was a political statement itself. In today’s generation, I don’t see the artistry speaking as much as I do the hijacking of an awards show because 20 million people happened to be watching. All it took after that was a coordination of media outlets for next-day interviews and hashtag the crap out of Twitter.

Whatever song they used as a backdrop won’t be remembered a year from now, and I think that’s what bothers me from an artistic point of view. They used a show and detracted from it because the message wasn’t even in the art.

I wonder what will happen with the SuperBowl ads…

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:10 am

    Man, great comment, Mike. You’re actually hitting on something which I did overlook in one of my opening lines. Music should be political. In fact, songs have preceded almost ever major revolution in human history.

    I love what the keyboardist of Depeche Mode once said:

    “I care not who writes the laws of a nation, let me write its songs.”

    As for the Super Bowl? Just as long as there are no wardrobe malfunctions.

Mary · 28 Jan ’14 at 5:16 am

Awesome! Wish more ‘Christians’ saw it this way. We’re repelling instead of attracting. I think it scares us though, and perhaps that is why we protest. Afraid perhaps of the reality that we would all be there if not for the Grace of God yet that’s just it, until we really receive that Grace – I mean REALLY KNOW IT – in our own lives, we’re not going to be able to emit it toward others. Sadly, we’re walking around as believers who don’t know we’ve been freed from sin, that sin no longer has a grip on us. So we try to break it’s hold by living under Law and protesting it when the only thing we need do is rest under His Grace. When we get a grip on that, only then will we be able to dine with delinquents, and cause them to desire our Divinity.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:05 am

    So well said, Mary. Thanks for the insightful and succinct addition. I think Jesus’ lifestyle echoed your own, demonstrating a need to evangelize by invitation and not by intrusion. Grace is inspiring, convicting and powerful; but most of all, it’s attractive.

    I also thought your point about moving back toward Law was poignant. And echoes much of Paul in the New Testament.

Deborah MIller · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:06 am

Love the section on ‘Becoming God’. Thanks, Christopher.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:24 am

    You’re most welcome, Deborah. Thanks for stopping by to read. Appreciate your kindness, as always.

Beth Walrath · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:15 am

I didn’t have a problem with the marriages as I did the song that was rapped before the ceremony which made me turn it off and not watch the rest of it. (In which Christians were accused of paraphrasing a book written 3500 years ago and not loving everyone).

As my boss stated yesterday the world is accustomed to picking on Christians and the middle age white male. That’s all that is accepted. We aren’t allowed to have any beliefs that could offend someone, except those two groups.

I believe in marriage between male and female. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a man who wants to marry another man. It doesn’t mean I don’t love the people who just live together.
The people who accuse Christians of judging are the first to judge us Christians. However, we love them anyway. Cause that’s the way we live, if we are living for Jesus.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:28 am

    Wow, Beth, I loved this last line in particular:

    “The people who accuse Christians of judging are the first to judge us Christians. However, we love them anyway. Cause that’s the way we live, if we are living for Jesus.”

    So well said! And yes, Mecklemore sounded smart, mostly to himself, but made some pretty broad and erroneous statements. The first time I heard the track on the radio, I just grieved, because I knew it was playing on iPods and school buses and computers, heard by little ears. Fortunately the Holy Spirit broadcasts too.

    Stewart LaPan · 29 Jan ’14 at 4:28 pm

    What exactly is untrue about Christians citing/ a book that’s 3500 years old and about them not loving everybody? The OT is pretty old. And, whether or not you love everybody, there are still Evangelicals pushing for imprisonment and execution of gays in Uganda, so his point is valid.

      Christopher Hopper · 29 Jan ’14 at 8:21 pm

      Stewart, if you’re going to continue to ask questions, I’d ask you to refrain from commenting, and instead go get mentored in person by a Christian you’re able to receive from. Likewise, I’d suggest using your time to read the authors I previously listed for you instead of commenting on blogs.

        Stewart LaPan · 29 Jan ’14 at 10:45 pm

        Christopher, I was responding to a post on this blog by a friend of mine, and I am still awaiting a reply from her if she so chooses. As for seeking mentoring from a “Christian I’m able to receive from,” I resent your insinuation that I’m simply unwilling to receive from anyone on this blog. I’ve asked valid questions, and I have yet to receive any direct responses to them (simply telling me I’m wrong and name dropping a broad selection of books by other authors hardly counts). I cannot receive what has not been offered, can I? I’ll make this my last comment, since you are obviously uncomfortable with anything on here that isn’t characterized by blanket acceptance of what you hold to be true. I’ll certainly look into the texts you recommended in due time, but in the mean time, if you’re game for a continuation of this or any other debate, I can provide you with my personal email address. Debate can do wonders for the mind and soul when properly embraced, don’t you think? We could both come out of it having learned a thing or two.

WayneBatson · 28 Jan ’14 at 8:20 am

Dude. Word. I didn’t see the show, but heard about it. Why the heck should we Christians expect nonChristians to act like Christians…when, and it galls me to say this, so often we Christians don’t act like Christians? This kind of stuff is what leads the world to call God’s people ‘hypocrites.’ Jesus came to attend to the sick, not the self righteous. The church must unite under Christ, reveal its own hurts and brokenness, and be real to the world.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for chiming in, Wayne. I echo your sentiments (obviously).

    I love that you quoted the very next line in the passage that I used above:

    12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (Matthew 9)


      Maryellen Blevins · 28 Jan ’14 at 2:35 pm

      I have to say Chris that I used to be one that got so upset when I saw this stuff. This time my husband and I looked at each other and said – well it’s just like Chris says – how can we expect anything else from people who don’t have God as their reference point! So glad for the change in perspective!!

        Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:51 pm

        If you could possibly endear yourselves any more to me, you just did. Gosh, I love you guys!

          Maryellen Blevins · 29 Jan ’14 at 1:31 pm

          Ah, we love you too!!

          Christopher Hopper · 29 Jan ’14 at 8:21 pm

          [does happy dance]

Stewart LaPan · 28 Jan ’14 at 10:28 am

You’re absolutely right for criticizing Pharisees, but when you continue to label people as “sinners” and group them into their own, pitiable camp, it’s really no different. You can say this all with a magnanimous smile and hedge it in with expressions of warmth and affection, but it’s about as loving as the snide Southern dismissal of “bless your heart.”

Perhaps if you really had all the answers, that would be excusable, but if we’re honest with ourselves, nobody does. You can preach about Biblical morality and its superiority and perfection all you want, it doesn’t erase the problems found within. It doesn’t change the fact that “Biblical marriage” treats women as second-class citizens. Is that so much better than the more modern marriage paradigm of equality? Is it really any more Holy than same-sex marriage? I’d venture to say that it is not. The Church has come a long way, and has recognized that they need to take certain aspects of the Bible with a grain of salt. It’s just frustrating to see how much you all continue to pick and choose.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 10:41 am

    Stewart: So what, exactly, are you pushing for? Forgive me for being a little lost on what you’re driving at.

      Stewart LaPan · 28 Jan ’14 at 11:11 am

      Apologies, my comment did come off as a bit of a random rant. Let me try to state my concerns more clearly.

      I get a few things out of your post. The first thing I noticed is that it reads very much like the adage “love the sinner, hate the sin.” I see very little love in statements like “Sinners sin, and they do so quite well. I know I would if it’s all I knew.” In saying this, you’ve done two things. First, you’ve reduced these “sinners” to this rather unflattering label. You have defined them entirely by what you see as their flaws, whether this was your intention or not. That’s not at all loving. Second, you’ve placed yourself (and other Christians, presumably) in a position of superiority over them when you imply that you are an exception to the rule. Having known many Christians and having been one myself, I can say with certainty that people of faith are not any less “sinners” than anybody else, regardless of what they think Christ’s blood has done for their eternal rap sheet.

      I also take issue with your idea that the Biblical marriage paradigm is an ideal construct that we cannot stray from without creating a landslide of abominations. In my comment above, I pointed out that many of the best Christian marriages today have already strayed from the Biblical model, in that the wife is treated as an equal partner. She can have her own job, her own income, her own property, just like her husband. So, if straying from a Biblical marriage paradigm is the cause for all of the evils you listed above, then you need to start a bit further back than the proliferation of gay marriage.

      None of that is really a problem, though, because it all hinges on the fallacy of the “slippery slope.” You assume that by accepting gay marriage, people are going to accept bestiality and a whole suite of other things (interestingly, you cited polygamy as one of these evils, and that’s something that is common in Biblical texts, and never once condemned therein). You’ve ignored the key difference between homosexual marriage and atrocities like bestiality, which is the issue of consent. There’s a huge difference between the union between two self-aware, consenting adults and the union between an adult human and, say, a dog. To liken the two is to do a terrible disservice to human kind.

      The other point I was trying to make in my previous comment is that it’s very frustrating to see people touting Biblical morality so inconsistently. People are upset about homosexuality because it’s un-Biblical, but they’re also upset with pedophilia which IS Biblical (Mary is believed to have been between the ages of 13 and 15 when she was to be married to Joseph). If your wife has ever spoken up in church, you’ve already allowed her to (thankfully) stray beyond the boundaries set for wives in the Bible. You see what I mean. Adherence to strict Biblical teaching could be seen as a threat to the world every bit as much as what you all condemn as sin.

      My take-home message is this: everyone would do well to be more introspective, and more critical of what they believe they know. None of us have all the answers, whether we make a habit of reading the Bible, the Koran, or Nietzsche. So we should all be more careful with how we apply words like “sinner” until we come to a point where its proper application is verifiable (which is to say, we should always be more careful).

        Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:40 pm

        A real mixed bag here, Stewart.

        For someone that got so little out of my post, I’m honored you’d take so much time to reply. I’m not sure why I merit it (and I’m quite curious, actually), but you’re a better man than I, as I tend to avoid what I get nothing from, let alone comment on it. If this is of such passion to you, I’d highly recommend you study under theologians well versed in Old and New Testament studies, as your misunderstanding on almost every point you attempted to make, including the designation of those not under grace, needs further informing.

          Stewart LaPan · 28 Jan ’14 at 1:27 pm

          Well, if you’re capable of correcting my misunderstandings, I would welcome it. Short of that, I’m left with nothing other than your word that I’m wrong. Really, I’m curious. Am I wrong about the age of Mary when she was married? Am I wrong in saying that polygamy is not condemned anywhere in the Bible? Am I wrong in saying that Paul warned women not to speak up in church (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)? Beyond these issues, I’m not sure what good studying under a Theologian would do me, as the rest of the points I take issue with are the ones where the Bible is assumed to be a flawless source of moral knowledge.

          Again, I’d very much appreciate a more thorough response to my objections, if you can spare the time. Always looking to learn!

          Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 2:41 pm

          Glad you’re eager to learn. I’d start with N.T. Wright and Scott McKnight for New Testament theology, and Walter Brueggemann for Old Testament. Once you’ve digested those guys, let me know as there are other marvelous educators for you.

          Stewart LaPan · 28 Jan ’14 at 3:22 pm

          Any chance you could expedite the progress of this discussion by relaying points or references of theirs that actually address the issues in question?

          Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:50 pm

          Learning takes time, Stewart. Give them a read.

          If you’re looking for something more anecdotal, then I’d suggest:

          • God Behaving Badly, by David T. Lamb
          • Christian Ethics: Options and Issues, by Norman L. Geisler
          • Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, by Gleason L. Archer Jr.

          Stewart LaPan · 28 Jan ’14 at 9:09 pm

          All of these sound like fascinating reads, and I look forward to them. But reading lists aside, given that you were the one that said I was wrong, I’d like to know what evidence YOU have to refute what I said above. I’m reading Christopher Hopper’s blog, after all, and not David T. Lamb’s.

          Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 10:11 pm

          You’re right, this is my blog. And as the owner of this blog, I’m choosing to refer you to the fore-mentioned books. Have a good night, Stewart.

          Stewart LaPan · 29 Jan ’14 at 3:08 pm

          What a shame. I’m sure you have a great deal to say about it. Your house, your rules, I suppose.

Lou · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:23 pm

VERY WISE WORDS, CK!! I’ve long thought that we (Christians) have failed miserably in our responses to the fallen nature of the Unsaved. (I’m guilty too, B T W.) I tell Peeps – I know of NOBODY who’s ever been ‘HATED’ into the Kingdom of God. Love Ya.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 12:41 pm

    “I’m guilty too.”

    Ain’t we all, sista! Thanks for the kind words, Lou.

    Lord, help us, to reflect you even better in the coming days.

KevinZoll · 28 Jan ’14 at 1:15 pm

I didn’t watch the Grammys. However, I did see much of the fallout. I look and at the lost and shrug my shoulders at their behavior. Not that I am casully dismissing their behavior, because it is expected behavior and they know nothing different. Why, should we as Christians expect anything differently from those who do not know God. I am reminded of the words of Jesus, as he looked down from the cross upon the Roman soldiers gambling over his belongings, ‘Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.’

I do not have time to judge others and condemn them for their shortcomings. I have problems of my own, and fail God on a daily basis. Until I am sinless, which I doubt I will ever achieve in this life, who am I to judge. Judgment is for God, and everyone will be judged.

I can only hope that others will be inspired by the way I lead my life. Always striving to be a better person. Always loving unconditionally. Always struggling to make the right choices. My life is my testimony, the bible is my instruction manual.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 2:43 pm

    “I can only hope that others will be inspired by the way I lead my life.”

    I know I am, for one. You’re an incredible man, Kevin. Keep running the race!

Ariel · 28 Jan ’14 at 2:23 pm

Great thoughts! We just started a series on “hot topics” in Christianity in our young adult group for our church and this issue was first on our list. People in this generation are crying out for answers and most people in the church refuse to take a stance or have an answer to hard questions. But the other extreme is the only answer people can hear from Christians willing to speak is one of hatred and anger which doesn’t help anything and isn’t Biblical. I appreciated this. Thank you.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:52 pm

    “People in this generation are crying out for answers.”

    So true! They want it! And God bless you for being willing to “study to show yourself approved.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

    Thanks for chiming in, Ariel. Great to see where you’re headed. Love it!

Wumpyny · 28 Jan ’14 at 3:34 pm

In order to be tolerant (which Jesus certainly was) you first have to have an opinion and stand for something. The bible tells us that the homosexual lifestyle is sin, but then again we all live in sin. I guess what I am saying is even though I disagree with it I will not throw stones. Sin is sin and none is worse than any other.

I have to agree with what Mike Kim said though, this was a hijacking of a show that is supposed to be about music. Kind of a shame.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:54 pm

    “I guess what I am saying is even though I disagree with it I will not throw stones.”

    I definitely think that’s the kind of grace that will ultimately convict people of God’s love.

    And, yes, as always, Mike is spot on. (He’s smart like that).

Mike Higgs · 28 Jan ’14 at 4:16 pm

Grass Hopper,

Very good stuff, pal!

Until we rediscover NT authority and power (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8), then our proclamation of healing, deliverance and freedom will be just that – a powerless proclamation. Our gospel is too small, and weak. Religious behavior modification doesn’t work. Jesus dined with delinquents not only because He loved them, but also because He had answers, and help, and hope for them.

Stay saved my friend!

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:55 pm

    “Jesus dined with delinquents not only because He loved them, but also because He had answers, and help, and hope for them.”

    So well said. He’s our model and our standard. Aiming for him. Thanks for the valuable addition, Mike.

Jennifer Riley · 28 Jan ’14 at 5:06 pm

Such a good read! I love how encouraging this is to love those around us that we might actually feel are unlovable. It is EXACTLY what Jesus did.

    Christopher Hopper · 28 Jan ’14 at 7:56 pm

    Word, girl! You and Bernard inspire me continually. Thanks for commenting; I’m honored.

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