The Hardened Heart

“Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.”

Proverbs 28:14 (ESV)

Do you believe the Bible is your authority for life? If so, do you live as if you believe that its warnings, commands and promises are true?

I think most of us would probably answer, “Yes” to the first question but “No” to the second one, which then brings up a third question: Why don’t we fear the Lord enough to live as he commands?

I think the answer to this last question lies in the idea that we often trust ourselves more than we trust God. Admittedly, it’s a lot easier to live with what we desire and can perceive – see, hear, feel, touch –  than to live by faith in what we cannot see or understand. But when we turn to our own devices instead of fearing the Lord, we find ourselves aligning our beliefs with the world.

When we do this, we harden our hearts against God’s word, and Proverbs 28:14 explains that when this happens, we will fall into calamity.

We can harden our hearts in many ways – maybe we struggle with pride, or anger, or gluttony, and we are so steeped in a particular sin that we don’t even realize it is wrong. I believe homosexuality is another area where hearts have become hardened. This week, I heard a fantastic sermon (thank you Pastor Mark!) on how to minister to the gay community and will share at the end of this post some of the points made and several verses that will help us minister to this community.

As mentioned earlier, Proverbs 28:14 says that the consequence of a hardened heart is calamity, and I believe that calamity is upon our nation when it comes to our sexual identity. After “hiding in closets” for years, homosexuals now are not only displaying their lifestyle publicly but are also promoting the idea that there is nothing wrong with it. With our national government supporting this lifestyle, homosexuality is portrayed as normal and is actually glorified through the media, reaching all the way down to children’s television shows and books. Our kids, the next generation, will see nothing wrong with someone having two dads or two moms. This new thought system has brought calamity to Bible believers because it totally goes against what the Bible teaches about homosexuality.

God’s word clearly tells us that homosexuality is unnatural (Romans 1:26-27), depraved (Romans 1:28), perverse (Romans 1:27), and sinful (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:24). God did not create people to be homosexual (Genesis 1:27).

As Bible-believing Christians we must believe what God says and not let our hearts become hardened by the beliefs of the world. And, when given the opportunity, we must lovingly confront those we know who live the homosexual life. Their hearts have become hardened by what they believe, but if we show them God’s love and help them to understand his word, there is a chance that their hearts will be softened. God’s word tells us that nothing is impossible with him (Luke 1:37)! People can change no matter what strongholds they struggle with (1 Corinthians 6:11)! So, trust in God, live by his word and pray for hardened hearts to be changed by it.

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