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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Kingdom Living

Kingdom Living or Christian Living is God's answer to HIV/AIDS according to Joy and Ray Thomas and I firmly believe and support that, I hope this will become my work and my ministry as well at the same time.

It means living God's way, following God's words which is the bible; the manual of our lives. Living God's way simply means abstinence before marriage, and being faithful after marriage, with condoms reserved for those in situations where they have no choice. The last resort which is the condom, I don't personally support that one 100%. There is always a choice; it's just that more often than not, people make the wrong choices. I strongly believe that HIV/AIDS is wholly preventable if only we will take our choices seriously.

According to the authors, the ABC program in Uganda (Abstinence first, Be faithful next, and use Condoms only for those who cannot or will not choose the first two) has successfully turned the tide in the progression of AIDS. It all started in Africa, Uganda, a country with a Christian President, was already thinking this way with this program. In the hospital where I have my regular check up, the number of patients increased every year. As a matter of fact, last year's total number of patients has been more than doubled compared to 2006. Though I was diagnosed then, it was in 2007 when I became legally part of their list. What's really sad about this is that most of the newly diagnosed were very young like 18 or 19 years old only! What's make the situation worse is that, the non government organizations that give social support to us promote the use of condoms. There's nothing wrong with that if you're going to look at safety alone but for me, it's like encouraging them to still engage in to casual sex and it's just ok as long as you're protected by this man-made rubber. I have read from the bible, I just can't remember what chapter and verse in the old testament, God said that if people will turn their back away from Him and continue to sin He will create diseases that is not written on this book; so HIV is one of them most probably. Now that I have decided to walk in light with Jesus Christ, living a true Christian life is a must and engaging in casual sex is not part of it. The church in the Philippines seems so quiet with regards to this matter, that's why this is I want to promote; the Kingdom Living.

The Kingdom of God promises salvation and eternal life. As we repent of our sins and receive forgiveness we can leave our old life behind and step to His kingdom. It is a kingdom of righteousness where we receive the blessings of heaven on earth in exchange for our selfishness and our worldly values. Here we have the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to change from worldly to kingdom values. No longer are we at the center of our world, which is very lonely and dangerous place. As we seek His kingdom and place Him at the center of our lives, so He promises that all the needs we worry so much about will be provided by a Father who knows exactly what we really need.

God's gift of sexuality was given for the purpose of procreation and recreation only. Recreation is the giving of intense and deep pleasure to one another with which we are bound in the relationship of one flesh by marriage, and not with all and sundry but only with our one flesh partner. If we are promiscuous, it is though the "one fleshness" becomes diluted. We seem to leave parts of our "inner selves" scattered in different places with many different people. Flee from sexual immorality. It says in 1 Corinthians 6:18-19, do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God; therefore honoring God with your body. This is Kingdom Sexuality conforming Kingdom Living.

If we live God's way we will put God first. Matthew 6:33. Seek first the Kingdom of God. We will turn away from our sin, Matthew 3:2; repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Follow Kingdom Sexuality by enjoying it with our marriage partner, 1 Corinthians 6:18; flee from sexual immorality.

For homosexuals like me, homosexual acts like same sex relationship is the sin and God hates the sin not the homosexuals. Through Jesus Christ, a gay can restore his sexuality into its original state and be an ex-gay. I'll talk more about it on my next post coz like I've said this is my spiritual warfare that I need to win all the time.

If we all live this way HIV/AIDS will stop and we can give the future generation a world without it. Kingdom Living is God's answer to HIV/AIDS.

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