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.