This is the post I may lose friends over. However, no one really reads my blog, so whatever.
Yesterday, I was listening to a conversation between two of my friends. One of which is a lesbian, and hearing her beliefs about life and death, God and sin.
My heart broke.
I wanted to share my beliefs too, but I knew it wasn’t the time.
I could hear she had already been verbally beaten up by other Christians by her use of, “hate the sin but love the sinner.”
She added, “But I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong. I am not sinning.”
Now she knows what a Jesus freak I am. But it’s not because I’ve ever shoved him down her throat.
When asked, I have shared. During this conversation, I was not.
But if I could have said something, it would have been this.
I don’t believe our bodies that we have today, function the way God had originally designed them. There are diseases, disorders, anomalies, deformities and so many other mutations, people everywhere are living with.
It may be caused by pollutants, genetics, or accidents. But sin is everywhere.
Sin is the absence of God.
We live in a fallen world.
We have ever since the garden.
Sin is everywhere around us and even inside of us.
There is no escaping it and things have definitely changed because of it.
That’s why God sent his son; to save us from it.
I am fat. I can diet, I can exercise, and I will lose weight. Yet ultimately, I always go back to being fat.
Trust me when I say I don’t choose to be. I don’t want to be. But as much as I want to be thin, my body just doesn’t want to be.
It is a battle I fight everyday.
I don’t believe I was designed to be overweight. But where other people don’t give much thought about their weight, I obsess about it, all the time. Even when my weight is down it is something I still always have on my mind.
Gluttony and being lazy is a sin, and day in and day out I fight against it. My weight is an everyday struggle.
I don’t believe being homosexual was apart of the human design but for the same reasons that I’m fat, some people are gay. I don’t believe they choose to be. I don’t believe they want to be. But ultimately, they are.
Now they could fight it. They could hide it. They could marry, have children and try to disguise it, but the struggle would still be there. The sin is still there even if they don’t act on it.
Even when I hit my goal weight, I am still worshiping food.
But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Matthew 5:28
A sin, only needs to be a thought.
An obsession one thinks about everyday.
There’s no escaping it.
Sin is everywhere.
Sin consumes all of us.
But that’s why God sent his son.
He knew this would happen. He knew sin would keep us from him, so he sent his son to take it from us.
The most perfect sacrifice gave his life to bare our sins. All had been forgiven. So no longer will me being overweight keep me from him. And no longer will people who are gay be secluded from him.
Ours sins have been paid for!
All of them!
So although sin is still all around us and in us, we do not suffer the eternal consequences of them.
He loves us. All of us.
Now I don’t know how he will judge my friend because I do not know if she had accepted Jesus as her Lord or not. I don’t even know if she has been given accurate information about him to be able to make that kind of decision, but I do know her being gay is not going to determine her fate.
He loves her. He wants to spend eternity with her. And I would be more afraid for those who try to lead her astray by saying she is not welcomed into the throne room of God.
But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. – Matthew 18:6
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. – James 3:1-2
There is an entire community of people who have false ideas about who God is, and who they are as his children; and it’s the Christians fault.
The community has been told God doesn’t accept them. God doesn’t approve of them. God doesn’t love them and they are all going to hell.
Well, I wouldn’t want to believe or trust in a God like that either. Why would I make him my Lord and Savior if he died for everyone but me?
It’s almost as if they’re not allowed to believe in Christ.
Oh, I would be very worried if any word came from my mouth that would push someone farther away from God, rather than closer. I would be very very afraid.
Jesus loved sinners. He hung out with them; like all the time. They were his favorite people. He hung out with the people, who people despised the most.
Tax collectors were hated by the Jews because they were Jews who not only worked for the government that oppressed them, also but stole money from them as well.
Samaritans were half-breeds. They were not from a pure bloodline of Jewish descent. In the Old Testament they were repeatedly commanded not to intermarry between other nations.
You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, – Deuteronomy 7:3
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them. They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord; for they have borne alien children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields. – Hosea 5:6-7
Yes, today Jesus would be kickin’ it with the falling down drunk, the crack head, the lazy fat girl, and the fabulous and over the top drag queen with the beautiful dress and the gorgeous hair. You know why?
Cuz they’re fun!
Well that’s not why, but they are.
Because he loves them.
Flaws, sins and all. They are his children too.
He’d hang out with them just like he hung out with the tax collectors, prostitutes, adulterers, and Samaritans.
So I think, we as Christians have a lot of work to do. We have a whole community of people who don’t know the gospel. Who don’t know the good news!
Jesus loves you! Jesus died for you! He accepts you and all your brokenness life in this fallen world has given you. There is room for you in his house.
And we need to get busy.
I’m tired of having to apologize for Christians everywhere who should know there stuff, and yet, preach hate.
Jesus gave us TWO commandments. Love God and others, and to go out and make disciples. That is it.
Why are we making this much more complicated than it really is?