We are living in a very "tolerant" and open era. Nowadays, many people are encouraged to "come out of the closet" and display their immorality for all to see. Oh, how proud they are! In fact, the LGBT (I think I'm missing a few letters) community celebrate their sinful lifestyle with parades and festivities known as "Pride Days."
In addition to all this, the liberal media portrays these individuals as victims and heroes through movies, TV shows, the printed media and the news. They also compare their "liberation" to the struggles and victories of the Civil Rights Movement. So, if anyone speaks against homosexuals and the rest of that community, it is now considered a "hate crime."
The homosexuals lived a secret life in their closets for many years. No one knew about their sin because it was considered taboo by society, but now we can see many coming out of their closets like a plague of rats and cockroaches escaping from an old house.
My question to you is:
When are we Christians going to come out of our prayer closets?
The Bible admonishes us to pray to our God in secret. We can pray in public during congregational prayer, but for the most part our prayer life must be conducted in private. This is our time with our God. We must go into our prayer closet or room and pour our hearts before the Lord. Jesus said in Matthew 6:6,
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place"
Yes brothers and sisters, we must go IN our closets to pray every day, but we also need to get OUT to proclaim the Good News to the world. Moses went into Mount Sinai and spent many days in sweet communion with the Lord, but then he came down to bring God's Word (the Law) to his people. You and I must pray to our God and preach to this world. Don't get so comfortable in your "closet" with Jesus that you don't want to share Him with others.
The Holy Spirit in Scripture presents an unvarnished picture of the people of Scripture. We see not only the positive things about their lives, but also their weaknesses, faults, and sin.
King David of the Old Testament is no exception. He comes on the scene of Israel as a young shepherd boy, who against all odds, and above all his brothers, is chosen by God to be the king of Israel. We see him used by God to fell the great giant Goliath, with nothing more than a sling and five smooth stones. We hear his heart for God in the Psalms. We are told that he is a man after God's own heart. We hear the women of Israel sing, "Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands." Yet we also see his adultery with Bathsheeba, and then his plotting to have her husband murdered to cover it up.
Our assesment of the character of David would be a mixture of assets, and yet very serious liablities. We would not conclude that he always obeyed the Lord.
Read more: What Sins? God's Postmortem Assesment of David