Monday, April 27, 2009

Something Fishy

The Ichthys (also known as the "Jesus fish") is a widely recognized symbol initially used by the early Christians as a secret way of expressing their faith. Nowadays, this symbol is used openly not only by believers but for unbelievers who have perverted it to promote their ungodly beliefs. Atheists have put "Darwin" fishes with legs on the back of their cars. In response, some Christians display a "Truth" fish eating the Darwin fish with the caption, “Survival of the Fittest.”

This afternoon while I was working on my laptop computer at Panera Bread, a young woman sat at the table next to me with a “rainbow fish” bumper sticker pasted on her laptop. When I asked her what that meant, she said that it endorsed a belief in both gay rights and Christianity. I asked her if she ever read the entire Bible. When she replied that she had not done so, I told her that I was a minister and pointed out that homosexuality and Christianity cannot be compatible. After referring to Romans chapter 1, 1 Corinthians 6, Galatians 5, and Revelation 21, I closed by politely saying, “Anyone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus cannot pick and choose what they want to believe in the Bible. They must either believe the whole thing or not at all.” The young woman sat silently for a couple of minutes and then walked away. I pray that this woman will take the time to read the word of God for herself.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing someone create a sanctified alternative of the rainbow fish as a way to minister the truth of God’s word to homosexuals. 

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.– 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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