Sunday Morning Word: Love Revived

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Good Sunday Morning! Today’s poem comes from John Reid and is entitled, “Love Revived: A Christian Apology to the LGBT Community.” If only all Christians could approach homosexuality the way this poet has. Yes, homosexuality is a tough subject to talk about. Too often discussions about homosexuality and Christianity turn nasty, and both sides are at fault. Christians are wrong for discriminating against gays, and saying things like “God hates Fags,” and gays are wrong for completely disrespecting Christian faith. Saying that the Bible is just a book of stories. Manipulating scripture to make it sound like Jesus supports you having sex with your gay partner, when all over the Bible, both in the old and new testaments, homosexuality is described as wicked.  And let’s make one thing clear; God, not America, not the courts, but GOD created marriage, making it a holy sacrament. If God created marriage as a holy sacrament between one man and one woman, and hates homosexuality (notice that I said He hates homosexuality, not homosexual people), why would He support gay marriage?!

But all that aside, we have to put our judgments behind us. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2). Keep that verse in mind when you condemn a man to hell for being gay. God just may do the same to you for watching all that porn.

We are all sinners, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The quicker you realize that, the quicker you’ll understand that you are no better than the gay man or woman standing beside you. Condemning them, telling them that they’re wrong, saying that they can’t be Christians because they’re gay, is not the way to bring them to our faith. Just like calling me a bigot or a homophobe is not going to make me any less uncomfortable seeing gays flaunt their sexuality in public. Look, I don’t even like seeing straight people make out. Your sexuality, gay or straight, is your private, personal business and should remain at home.

For Christians, I say follow Jesus’ example. He communed with sinners, and not once did he tell them they were going to hell. Remember his words to the Samaritan woman: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).

You don’t have to change or force someone else to change in order to become a follower of Christ. He accepts us as we are. Why else would Jesus die for us? He already loves us. When we begin our walk with God, we find ourselves changing automatically. God doesn’t need to scare us into submission. His undying love prevails over all. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment, But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

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