Matthew 3:1-2 “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

You probably heard the report that came out this week of another high-profile Christian artist who hedged when asked if homosexuality is sin.  The artist stated she loves her friends who are in the lifestyle and will leave the judgment of their behavior to God.  I have a question: Since when are we to allow our love for the sinner to change Biblical standards that declare certain acts to be sin?  John the Baptist didn’t hesitate challenging people to submit to the authority of God’s Laws, and he didn’t have trouble drawing a crowd. 

 It is possible to love the sinner while hating the sin.  I have many friends who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ and openly practice sin of every type.  These friends know I love them but not the lifestyle they embrace. 

 Consider the simplicity of John’s message.  First, you need to repent, which means to change your mind and transform your goals and attitudes toward life.  This involves turning away from past sins and cultivating a reverence for and submission to God.  Second, he spoke of “the kingdom of heaven”, which points to the messianic kingdom of peace foretold by the prophets and promised by God (see Daniel 2:44-45; Isaiah 2:2-5, and Micah 4:1-5). 

 During this Christmas advent you will connect with people who are busy, but their hearts and minds are being drawn to the true meaning of the season.  Don’t underestimate the significance of the simple message that the Christ Child came to make it possible for each of us to turn the sin and regrets of our past to Him and embrace the wonderful relationship and life He has designed for us. 

Let’s sing: “We fall down and lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus…”