Sunday, August 26, 2007one more abomination...
Today was the one Lord's Day that I dread every year. Today was the day my city put up the annual abomination called the "Pride parade".
Being totally responsible to proclaim the Truth and to stand against this vile wickedness, my pastor and I took our Bible signs, and made our way to the evil festival. I carried a sign with had the following verses on it:
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Psalm 9:17)
"And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." (2 Peter 2:6)
Pastor Tim had a Bible sign with the following two verses on it:
"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." (Leviticus 18:22)
"Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD." (Proverbs 16:5a)
The effect? Well, I guess the local newspaper best summed up our effect on the sodomite party:
The large, cheering crowd gathered in front of Parliament Hill to support the marchers was all but oblivious to a lone protester, a man with a sign reading "Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord."
We were mocked, belittled, scorned, and for the most part, completely ignored. Terribly sad. That said, the Word of God was present and quite visible to all who were there, and God's Word is powerful! (Hebrews 4:12) Perhaps the Lord will yet save souls through those clear Bible verses, or perhaps He won't. In the end, glory be to God. That's all that matters.
I did have a number of conversations today, which is quite unusual at Pride parades. Usually, anything I say is drowned out by a choir of profanity and vitriol, but not today. I was able to speak to people without any foolishness going on in the background. I actually was able to deal with a "christian" (please, note the quotation marks) who supported the Pride event. He first charged me with being a Pharisee. After dealing with that for a few minutes, he realized that indeed, Pharisees were hypocrites, and I, quite simply, didn't fit the bill. So then he started to discredit the inspiration of the Word of God, and its preservation. After dealing with that for a few minutes longer, he realized that his "faith" really wasn't based on anything except what he invented in his own mind. He left us without the slightest fuss, and surely, with a lot on his mind.
I also had the chance to speak to several Christians today. A number of saints were downtown today, completely oblivious to the abominable parade that was set to start. That's one thing I'm really thankful for: for the most part, the only people who know/care anything about the Pride parade, are the sodomites themselves (and many of them aren't even from my city, they truck in by the hundreds/thousands from other cities). I received a number of encouragements from brothers and sisters-in-the-Lord and that was quite refreshing considering where I was, and what I was doing.
Finally, one of the most dramatic moments of our evangelistic effort today came when the very first vehicle of the Pride parade rolled passed pastor Tim. The car was carrying the new Police chief of my city, I believe his name is Vernon White. My pastor read that when this man was sworn into the position of police chief, he kissed the Bible they used in the ceremony. He KISSED THE BIBLE when he was sworn in, and now he was yelling out "HAPPY PRIDE" in the homosexual parade. My pastor didn't miss the opportunity. He looked at him squarely, made sure he read the Bible sign and then, with a loud voice said:
"Shame on you, sir."
The police chief, insulted, parroted the same to my pastor. Seems like the officer's spiritual blindness kept him from seeing his blatant hypocrisy. Too bad. I will be faithful in praying for him, as 1 Timothy 2:1-2 clearly commands me to.
The Lord deal with all as He sees fit. I have and will pray for mercy and grace, salvation and revival, for the Lord, truly is good...
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7)