I read an interesting article that I found odd for a Christian publication to print. According to Charisma magazine, the president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, apologized to the gay community for the years of judgment and suffering imposed by the church, and by Christian organizations. Exodus International is the oldest Christian ministry dealing with homosexuality and Christianity. Charisma magazine has never been accused of not telling it like it is fairly, and I feel it is a very reliable publication. To this particular article I say; its about time. For too long, Christians have looked at homosexuals with a condescending attitude, and with no desire to have gays in their fellowship. We can let the murderers, the adulterers, or any sinner in, as long as they conform and forsake they way of life. We only want gays when they have already abandoned their way of life. WWJD. We may not cast the first stone at the prostitute, but the gays....
The body of Christ has made its enemies in the past by using the Levitical Law and the first chapter of
Romans to beat the sexually immoral into submission to our will. Why? Because we feel those who live in an immoral lifestyle belong in the downtown missions, not our friendly fellowship. "Our children are in attendance, what if one of those".... Paul didn't stop with the explanation of the sexually immoral. He adds these words for the "highly moral."
"Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn't so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you've done." Romans 2:1-2 MSG
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He died for EVERYONE. You have no idea that the person setting next to you in the church service may be a wife beater, or may be cheating on her husband with several men, but neither should you care how bad they are. Whatever they are, you are no better. You do remember that YOU have sinned don't you? After being in recovery from alcoholism and drug use for several years, I cannot look at the wino that staggers in to our fellowship with disdain. Compassion, we need compassion for everyone! All any believer needs to do is stand in judgment toward another's sin, and then watch the spiral downward in their own spirituality. If you wonder why you struggle at times with your life in Christ, look at how you see others.
I am aware of the battle being waged regarding same-sex marriage. I know that the right has followers that have bumper stickers saying, "God hates fags." I know that there are some in the gay community that claim to be tolerant, and feel that heterosexuals should be tolerant toward them. But they are intolerant of the right's opinions. Both sides claim to be right, the others wrong. We cannot fix each other, or change each other. God doesn't hate gays, he hates sin. He doesn't allow sin in His presence, but He loved mankind so much, He paid the price and banished our sin so we can be in present fellowship with Him again. He also made all believers to be fishers of men. "You catch em', and I'll clean em," is the idea. We can only tell others of His love for them and He will fix the brokenness we all have.
How do I stand? I am against homosexual behavior, but I'm for gays, I'm for alcoholics, addicts, prostitutes, etc. I'm against standing in judgment of gays. I do not believe Jesus expects less of me, for I am no better, just forgiven. What do you think?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.