Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
When hiring for a an empty position, companies really must strive to be as inclusive as possible. This means that they can not discriminate against somebody because of some real, or perceived, characteristic of a given candidate. To that end, hiring managers are required to base their decision of who to hire entirely upon the merit of a given candidate. This is entirely fair.
There is a church between my house and the gym I like to go to. At the time of this writing, the bulletin board outside the church reads “The Love of God is Inclusive”. What a wonderful, self affirming message. To bad it is an abject lie.
What? A lie? How can such a message be a lie?
If this message were merely about God’s love for fallen humanity, and his sending Christ Jesus to live and die for the sake of our sins, that would be one thing. However, in our modern politically charged climate, it is most certain that this bulletin board message isn’t about that. This is about tolerance and acceptance of something that the Bible calls sin. There can be no mistake in that regard. In fact, the Bible is quite explicit in what God will reject in his kingdom.
1 Corinthians 6:9~10
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Let me be clear, in one way or another, many of the things listed here many of us have committed. To claim otherwise is also a lie. Some of these can be repented of. Others may become habitual, even to the point of people self identifying by that self same sin. This should not be, and yet it is, and it is also the real message of that church sign. In short, it is their claim that you don’t need to repent of sin to enter into God’s kingdom. Sadly, this is just a deception, and it will be due to this deception that some will burn Hell. Worse, it is the church that will be guilty of sending them to Hell. If anything, the only thing inclusive is the list of sins whereby we will be denied access to the kingdom of God. Nor is this merely my opinion, rather, it is the clear words of scripture in plain language.
Repentance is a daily, if not hourly, act. We must repent, and attempt to push aside, our sins and our sinful nature daily. To self identify by a specific sin demonstrates a lack of penitence. It is also the clearest sign of a seared conscience. Sadly, those who refuse to repent of their sins will spend an eternity in Hell, along with all others who refused to repent, yet their torment will not permit awareness of anything but their own suffering. In that regard, they truly suffer alone.
If it can be said that God’s love is inclusive, then it is only so far as we are willing to repent of our sins, believing in Christ Jesus, who died upon the cross for our sins, and arose from the grave to grant us everlasting life. This is the only real inclusiveness that the Bible promises, aside from an eternity in Hell for those who do not repent.
Employers may be required to be inclusive. God isn’t bound to that concept. God has chosen to only save those who are penitent, and seek to abide by his law. That penitence is manifest in faith in Christ Jesus. It is also manifest in seeking to love our neighbors as ourselves, and doing good for them.
Now, I know that some may argue “How can a loving God send anyone to Hell?”
Let me ask:
How can a just God think to allow anyone into his kingdom?
Think about it.