Oh Look, A Rainbow!

In the last week, I’ve seen everyone go crazy over America’s approval of gay marriage. For some reason, the symbol of the LGBT community is the Rainbow, which God first gave Noah as a covenant and a promise to never destroy the earth with floods again.

On Friday after the announcement, there were so many frenzied responses from people, especially Christians. While I was quick to mention to friends that so many other things were happening , like multiple terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia and the funeral of one of the Charleston 9 (Reverend Clementa Pickney), a friend quickly countered me by saying all those events were staged to divert attention from the main issue. In her own words, we are in perilous times and there was reason to panic.

Do I think the whole concept of gayness is wrong? Absolutely. Do I hate gays? No.

Let me explain. I am a Christian, whose only saving grace is my acceptance of Jesus’ death and forgiveness. How Grace works is difficult to explain in a world where we are taught not to expect any hand-outs. But Grace, to use Brennan Manning’s description, is like someone financing your mortgage and then still helping you pay out monthly payments, month after month, year after year.  That’s a little too much too comprehend.

Oh! I digress. The only difference between me (and probably you too) and the gays we urgently want to burn at the stakes is that we realise that grace is available to us and we live to honour the One who desperately poured out his life in an act of love so we could be saved.

Seeing as we were already condemned and were shown mercy, it’s sad that we’re the first to condemn others. Jesus knew us already when He told the parable of the servant who had his debt cancelled by his master but threw his fellow servant in jail because he couldn’t pay his debt. If our duty as Christians is to call people into God’s marvellous light, then we’re doing a shoddy job by judging them. The Christian race is not a sprint, but a marathon. The only assurance of our saving is that no matter how far away from the course we sail, God’s grace is available to lead us home! So we have to get off our high horses and realise that is never about works!

Again, and I know this will piss many people off: Sin is Sin. We say that the man was created for the woman and the woman for a man. We also say that sex between a man and a man and between a woman and a woman is an aberration. But we quickly forget that sex was created to be shared between a man and a woman within the context of marriage. So, if you’re fornicator, you’re just as much a sinner as the lesbian you’re judging. And let’s not forget gossiping, lying, hate and stealing.

Finally, as Christians, we must understand that though we’re in the world, we are not of the world. “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 12:12. We are governed by a different set of rules, and even though we should show respect for constituted authority, we must realise that we have a higher calling. The world has never pretended to be governed by the law of the church so we are not under obligation to act as those of the world.

Let us let our light shine before men while we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Jesus died for Everyone, hard as it may seem to understand.

Love and Light.

Xoxo

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  1. Korede

    Now, where are you driving at? Your comparison of the Lgbt symbol with Noah’s then rainbow means legalizing the homos rights now is a sign of what you’re trying to infer as “better things to come as well as the end to tragic disasters on earth”? And that defense mechanism of also placing “being homo” and other sins on same level?? I ain’t judging here o! But why will this come from a Christian forum? Should it be accepted? Or you don’t want to be called black, ignorant and ill-informed? The homos have a right to life and crap they’ve made the world believe are rights and benefits” we should ask ourselves “how free is the freedom they’ve made us believe we have?” Or you believe the symbol of the LGBT was a mere coincidence? If your speculations may be true? A perfect system has been created… Coincidence, freedom and privacy is an absolute myth… There’s no such thing!

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    • The rainbow for them is a symbol of whatever they believe in. The rainbow for me is Grace. It’s the reminder that God can destroy everything but He chose not to. The rainbow being a sign of the LGBT community here is a reminder that God made everything beautiful and we are turning the world on its head. But there’s always Mercy and Grace. I don’t know why they chose the rainbow, honestly. If you know, please share here. I apologize that you didn’t quite get my play with words, I will be more direct next time. I didn’t say it was acceptable. I said I absolutely thought that it was wrong. But if someone was gay and we turned him away from church because of how we thought they were, how will we preach the message of salvation?

      I sometimes ask what Jesus will do? Then I think, He ate with Matthew the tax collector and ate in Zaccheus’ house. He actually crashed Zaccheus’ house. You can argue neither of them was gay. What did Jesus tell the adulterous woman? Did he stone her? If homosexuality is demonic then maybe we should invite our gay friends to church so they can find deliverance.

      On Sin is Sin, God is the only one who should judge. When we judge others, we’re playing God. We shouldn’t try to usurp God’s powers.

      And yes, all Sin is Sin: “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. Rev 2:18”. I didn’t see that there was any level of hell or escalation of hell for the sexually immoral.

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  2. Favour

    Hmm………. Well said dear. But i want to disagree with you that a fornicator is also same with as a gay. Yes, both are sin against God but the former is still in sync with God’s will (i.e Male to Female sexual relations but only honorable in marriage) and for gayism, if you have carefully studied Romans chapter 1:20-end, you’ll see that apostle Paul out rightly condemns such individuals and never compared them with fornicators. He expatiated that they were given reprobate minds because they would not acknowledge / Glorify God in their hearts.

    So my dear, as much as i know that fornicators are sinners, i also know they cannot be compared with gayism…… The later is demonic which resulted because of their lack of reverence of God.

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    • Apostle Paul also said that our bodies were the temple of the Holy Spirit. ” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1st Cor 6:19-20″. By fornicating, you’re doing the same thing as a gay person, defiling the Temple of God. A lack of reverence for God also means defiling God’s temple, whichever way you so choose. Fornication has never been acceptable to God. It’s something Paul spoke strongly about, as well as laziness and gossip.

      I sometimes ask what Jesus will do? Then I think, He ate with Matthew the tax collector and ate in Zaccheus’ house. He actually crashed Zaccheus’ house. You can argue neither of them was gay. What did Jesus tell the adulterous woman? Did he stone her? If homosexuality is demonic then maybe we should invite our gay friends to church so they can find deliverance.

      On Sin is Sin, God is the only one who should judge. When we judge others, we’re playing God. We shouldn’t try to usurp God’s powers.

      And yes, all Sin is Sin: “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. Rev 2:18”. I didn’t see that there was any level of hell or escalation of hell for the homosexuals.

      P.S: Sexual immorality is sexual immorality. These are the last days, let’s not spend too much time watching other people and forget to be on our guard for when Jesus comes. Selah!

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  3. Opeoluwa

    As a christian I am against sex marriages, I think sin is sin and most sins I can understand as I am also touched by the same feelings, but when someone is sexually attracted to another of the same sex I think something is seriously wrong (s)he dosent need my judgement (s)he needs my help and prayers.

    We should walk in love towards all men and avoid judging gay people because it exposes us-Rom2:1 James 2:10-13

    Collectivelly we ought to pray for our land that righteousness should reign therein(yesterday it was Canada today it is America…) Individually we ought to pray for ourselves,our loved ones, and the younger generation (eg teenagers in boarding houses)

    Sound doctrine should be taught in churches and Christian homes (For parents who were uncomfortable teaching the compulsory course -sex education it just got tougher now that LGBT is a part of the curriculum!)

    We ought to be harmless but wise as serpents as we operate in our ‘space’

    On the other hand since this is an indication of the perilous times maybe we ought to re examine our lives and be sure our loins are still girded and our lights burning….

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