In the Old Testament we read of times and circumstances when the leaders and officials of Israel sought the counsel of God through the prophets and seers of their day. “Should I go against this nation?” “Will I have victory?” “You’re adversaries are at the door, what should I do?” The high priest used the Urim and Thummim with the breastplate of judgment to inquire of God.
Today we have tough issues that need to be addressed for the Christian. One of these is sexual identity. Christian leaders of our day seem to be saying, “I’ll leave it up to you the individual as to how you want to think about this”. What are we paying these leaders for if not to guide us through the difficult times we are experiencing today as Christians? Leaders do not want to address this issue openly to their congregation because they accept money and benefits from those in positions of government who ask them not to. Benefits such as tax breaks for themselves, their ministry, and their congregants based on how they comply with the conditions for obtaining these benefits. Also, they do not want to alienate members of their congregation who may be struggling with these issues, or alienate those in their congregations who have adopted the politically correct ideology of our current day.
I think what we need to know today in our churches is how does the Bible address this issue of sexual identity and how can we display compassion but also uphold the way of the Lord. These are tough issues and they need to be addressed for the believer. In the churches we need our leaders wrestling with these issues, seeking God, and guiding their congregants through these minefields. Leaders need to know the mind and counsel of God in these matters. When Jesus was asked by his adversaries ‘Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ he replied, “Show me a coin. Whose inscription is on this coin?” ‘Caesars’, they replied. “Then give to Caesars what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s”.
We need this kind of wisdom today from our Christian leaders.