Hundreds of times throughout the Bible the phrase “Don’t be afraid” is uttered by angels, prophets, and Jesus. Afraid of what? Doom? Yes. Judgment? Yes. Attack? Yes. Criticism? What? Who’s afraid of that? Apparently Senator Rob Portman is terrified so much so that he changed his conviction. Well, maybe it wasn’t conviction after all, maybe it was just his feelings.
Jesus was well acquainted with criticism. It never changed his “conviction”. When you believe in truth, when you hold fast to your convictions especially in this present world you will receive criticism. Jesus words were never more relative. Don’t be afraid when others cast insults against you because of me. When so-called convictions change because of fear we lose our ability to be respected and in the long run our voice.
Senator Rob Portman doesn’t believe his conviction of opposing same-sex marriage was really a conviction. His son came to him at age 21 and told him he was gay. Was this an instant revelation? Was there no indication prior to that moment? Is he convinced now that it wasn’t his son’s choice? Were his convictions based on Biblical truth? If so, did the Bible change? Did the truth that homosexuality is against God’s design change all of a sudden after 3000 years?
Politicians are not the best representatives of perseverance of convictions, however they are not alone. In a very short period of time shaming others has been successful in weakening convictions. What someone else chooses to do is not my problem. Who are you to determine what’s right for me? God loves the sinner so should I. Loving a sinner has nothing to do with changing your conviction from wrong to well….
Same sex marriage is wrong…always has been…always will be. Do not be afraid to stand by your convictions where there is no compromise with God’s word. Be ready for the criticism…but don’t be afraid.