Book Review: Sing Over Me
I knew his songs before I knew his name or his story. “You are My All in All”, “When the Night is Falling”, “We will worship the Lamb of Glory” – these songs are not only beautiful but fill my heart with joy and peace every time I sing them. I first went to a Night of Praise with my friend Jennifer in 2004. This would be the first time I heard his story, the story of coming out of a homosexual lifestyle. Even while he was entrenched in that life, he desired something different. He knew his choices were wrong, but couldn’t see a way out. He fell for the lies of the enemy that he was “born that way” and he should just “give in and be” consumed with self.
Once we reach the conclusion that only the Maker defines us, once we see that God loves us right where we are but He loves enough not to leave us there, we can begin living in Grace, fully redeemed. The world today tells us homosexuality is just another lifestyle, that God will accept us no matter what. The Bible has a different message.
1 Timothy 1:9-11(NIV) We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Romans 6:22-23(NIV) But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isaiah 59:1-3(NIV) Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.