Sunday Morning Word: My Life as a Stud

“Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
Galatians 3:6-9 (NIV)

I think Jackie Hill Perry’s testimony of her life as a lesbian and how she was able to overcome it is so inspirational, not only for other lesbians, but for anyone living in sin. I know most gays are unwilling to hear this, and some will outright attack me for calling their sexual orientation a lifestyle, a choice, a sin. They don’t know that I once had homosexual urges. They don’t no that I lacked any fulfillment in my relationships with both men and women. They don’t know that I finally found a wholeness in my life that only the love of Christ Jesus could grant me. Instead of listening, they’ll call me a bigot, say I’m homophobic, tell me my religion is dead and that the Bible is just a book of stories. Often, I want to defend myself and God because I know they’re wrong, but sometimes we have to recognize when it’s pointless to continue arguing (Proverbs 26:4), and just walk away.

But there’s one thing I will not stand for, and that’s the argument that most gays often resort to whenever a Christian says that homosexuality is a sin…

So is sex before marriage, divorce, tattoos, eating pork, [insert any rule from Leviticus here].

All this statement does is generate confusion and steer people off the path of righteousness. This is why we as Christians need to stop listening to any and everybody, and read our Bibles instead.

I can only speak for myself, but I’m sure there are others who have heard this rebuttal and thought, “I’m damned either way.” It doesn’t matter that I love Jesus, that I believe he died for my sins so that I could live, I’m still going to hell because I had premarital sex. I’m still going to hell because I have a tattoo. I’m still going to hell because I love bacon. My parents are going to hell because they’re divorced. What’s the point of being a Christian if my outcome is still eternal damnation?

Then it hit me, if what is written in Leviticus still mattered today, no one would be going to Heaven. NO ONE.

“All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’ ” (Galatians 3:10)

Did you know that there are over 600 rules in the Mosaic Law? And how many do you think we’ve broken? Nobody can live by the law. Nobody can be that perfect. It would take a miracle.

Wait, it did take a miracle… Jesus Christ!

Jesus came down to fulfill the law so that we are no longer cursed to live by it. “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:14). Had it not been for Jesus, we’d still be sacrificing goats to atone for our sins. Well, not me, not Gentiles. We’d probably still be worshipping pagan gods.

The issue I have with those who quote Leviticus in order to—I can only assume—make their sin look less bad, is the same issue Paul addressed in his letter to the Galatians. You are essentially telling me that in order to be the true Christian that I claim to be, I have to convert to Judaism first. Well I’m telling you that’s wrong! “No one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, ‘The man who does these things will live by them.’ ” (Galatians 3:11-12)

I am made righteous through faith in Jesus, not through abiding by the law. If I live by the law instead of by faith, I can’t go to Heaven, simple as that. This isn’t to say that loving Jesus means it’s OK to sin. Jesus said that if you love him, you will keep his commands (John 14:15). This just means that 600 rules in the book of Leviticus is not going to keep me up at night.

Now open your ears, your minds, and your hearts, and listen to this powerful spoken word poem by Jackie Hill Perry.

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