We are truly living in times that separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls when it comes to living out the Christian faith. On the one hand, in recent weeks we’ve had a pastor of a Michigan Vineyard Church and the lead singer of famous Christian band Jars of Clay express their support for gay marriage while on the other hand in stark contrast today, news broke about the Benham twins who stick by their stance against sin, including homosexuality and abortion. Because of their views, the Benhams were targeted by a lieberal hate group that went to HGTV and urged the network to dump their agreement with the twins for an upcoming show, which HGTV did quickly.
David Benham, one of the twins, as well as their father (Flip Benham) have been openly preaching the gospel lovingly to call sinners and the church to repentance as they stand against a whole host of sins. It’s because of this that they were labeled Islamophobes, homophobes, and bigots by lieberals who want to see any opposing views shut down in public. Not only do the Benhams minister outside of abortion clinics, they also held demonstrations against the Ground Zero mosque and held a prayer rally before the Democratic National Convention when it was held in Charlotte two years ago, expressing their opposition to some of the things the DNC stands for.
At the time of the rally, David Benham criticized the church in America for allowing sin to go unchecked within the congregations and society at large while we concentrate on constructing large church buildings. Although they expressed their disappointment with how things turned out with HGTV, they have defended their faith, making it plain they don’t hate gays or people of other faiths. They released a statement to Todd Starnes of Fox News that says, “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”
We Christians are called by God to glow in the dark and I thank God for people like the Benhams who are doing just that by standing firm on their faith even in the midst of a satanic attack. I pray the Lord will continue to strengthen them and bless them. Their situation reminds me of what the prophet Jeremiah endured when he expressed being conflicted about what he should do in the face opposition:
7 … I am in derision [made fun of] daily, every one mocketh me…
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20
As much as genuine Christians may try to keep from expressing God’s word in some way, we can’t help but to tell God’s truth verbally and/or by our lifestyle, for he has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). The lieberal darkness wants to exterminate those who glow in the dark, but one day God will exterminate the darkness with his light. “Here is the patience of the saints,” Revelation 14:12.
Todd Starnes. Ex-HGTV hosts: ‘If our faith costs us a TV show, so be it.’ FoxNews.com. May 8, 2014.
Billy Hallowell. HGTV Drops Show After Controversy Erupts Over Hosts’ Christian Views on Gay Marriage and Abortion. TheBlaze.com. May 8, 2014.
Harry A. Gaylord