The day before, Pastor Sam read my column and said, "It's great. Get any hate mail yet?" Well, give him credit for a bit of prophecy.
I dearly wanted to reach out to this person--a victim of what sounds like a terrible divorce. This person was irked by my passing reference to Malachi 2:16, where God says, "I hate divorce." Well, God hates divorce--that's a fact--and I know few divorced people who don't hate divorce as well. That doesn't mean that divorce isn't sometimes the only and last alternative. God hates divorce--that doesn't mean that He hates divorced people.
The caller also told me that I ought to be loving and forgiving, not judging. Lord knows, I'm the chief of sinners. It's rescue and compassion that makes me take the stance I do. For me, this always comes back to Darrell Ballangee. He was a friend back in High School, whose church told him that there was nothing wrong with his homosexuality. He didn't make it to 35--dead of AIDS. Flaunting God's design always has real world consequences. Always has, always will.
We cannot stand aside as our state embraces death. I would be a coward and a traitor to God's word if I did. I will stand with God's design without apology. Here I stand, I can do no other.