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What Jesus really said about smoking weed and gay marriage

For as long as I can remember there has always been a WWJD perspective that people threw out there to sound spiritual. Before I was a Christian I always thought that it was a silly question. Now that I am a Christian, I find the question even sillier. In one sense, none of us should be focused on what Jesus did, unless it is directly connected to what Jesus said. Which is ironic because Jesus is the Word, yet, I never remember seeing a WDJS (What Did Jesus Say). 

Well, now, people are trying to evoke what Jesus said. And most of them to prove a point, that his literal absence on a subject means it was relative, and had little importance to Jesus himself. I am sure you have heard stuff like, "Jesus never said anything about homosexuality." Yet, he never said anything about beastiality (having sex with animals) either but you won't find me at a march being supportive of the Men Loving Sheep Foundation. 

What is interesting to me is how many people are becoming "red letter Christians" because they're not actual Christians. They're people who try to justify certain attitudes and actions, by giving temporary authority to Scripture, highlighting what Jesus didn't say as the ultimate standard of absolute truth. However, conveniently forgetting to give authority to the many things he did say. 

Having said all of that, is it true that Jesus is silent on gay marriage, legalized weed (and other drugs soon to follow) and other cultural and soon to be cultural norms? Did he leave us any discernment on how to 'discern the will of The Lord' as we face daunting pressures of culture to re-define just about everything that we thought was clearly defined? Should pastors be scanning their bibles looking for passages that will say why their church members shouldn't use legalized drugs that used to be illegal? Did Jesus give us any direction as to what to do with these things? I think so. And he said it in just two verses in the gospel of Matthew. Chapter seven to be exact.  

 13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." 

Huh? That's me impersonating you trying to see what those verses have to do with the issues I raised above. As a direct one to one command, nothing. As a significant paradigm in which to evaluate the growing acceptance of cultural wisdom over the scriptures? Everything. 

Quick Context: 

Jesus was wrapping up his Sermon on the Mount to a large group of people. Some of the strongest language that he ever spoke is in this chapter. In explaining God's will to those who were listening, Jesus was (is actually) training people how to be culturally wise. And this is extremely important because just after he said the above words, he made some of the scariest statements that, to this day, have people wondering if they are really saved (not going to quote them here but hey open your bible and check). 

The reason he says what he says in verses 15-21 of Matthew 7 is because of what he says in verses 13-14. The context is eternal life. And whenever eternal life is concerned, morality/obedience/righteousness is sure to follow. So Jesus wants those who truly hear him to know how to glorify God in their lives in a world dead set on doing the opposite.

Okay, then, so what does Matthew 7:13-14 have to do with gay marriage, and legalized drugs, among other things? Let me show the verses again and then give a translation.  

 13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." 


When the majority of people are saying that something is good, best believe that is the wide gate  that leads to destruction. So take the opposite perspective, though it will be hard, because it leads you to life everlasting. 

This is cultural discernment at its best. Jesus knows what is in the heart of man and instead of getting into the details of every possible cultural issue that might come along, he gives us a way to evaluate society's fickle pursuits. Now remember, the issue here is how to discern righteousness and eternal life. Not stuff like oxygen or water. I can already hear somebody say, "Well, everybody believes oxygen is good so does Jesus expect us to disagree? We'd die." You know who you are. And the answer is no, he doesn't. 

But, when it comes to issues pertaining to destruction or life, which are just metaphors for Heaven and Hell, Jesus says the majority does not rule. And we must resist the overwhelming pressure to follow the masses. It is much easier to do so. Even in issues that we have always thought the bible was clear on like homosexuality or non-medicinal drug usage. 

Today more than ever we need cultural discernment. Society has shifted. The Christian worldview is no longer the prefered way to see the world. In fact, it is a hindrance. We need discernment because things are happening so fast. And everyone is just accepting anything that seems right. And that leaves us on guard more than ever before to make sure we choose the narrow, harder, unpopular, but ever so amazing way of life. 

Jesus tells us don't follow the masses as it relates to eternal life. So, don't.  

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