This is one of those posts that I already know is going to make both the Conservatives and Liberals angry. Let me state, flat out, that there are no LGBT characters in the Senses Novels series that the main, or even secondary, characters have any dealings with. These are novels designed around a Christian theme and no matter how hard some may try to push the envelope; the Bible just doesn’t have good things to say about non-hetero couples.
With that out of the way, I have a friend at work that recently (last week) lost his partner to cancer. Yes, he is gay, and yes, he is really my friend. I pray for him daily. Right now, he is hurting, and I am hurting right along with him. If that offends you, then you really don’t understand what Jesus was teaching, and you need to read through the New Testament again (and again!) until you do.
While the Bible considers the lifestyle that my friend, in fact, several of my friends, lead a sin, it doesn’t say that they are evil people. In fact, let’s take a moment and ask who Jesus liked to be around the most? It certainly wasn’t the ‘supposed’ righteous people, like the Pharisees. Jesus came to be with the sinners and to lead them into the light.
My friend doesn’t see and probably never has seen what he does as a sin. That’s okay, I can still love him as a friend. I can still share in his loss and care about how he feels. I cannot change who he is, God and Jesus can, and I can share that part with him too. You see, God and Jesus love my friend. No? You don’t think so? Let’s go to the New Testament for a moment:
John 3:17 says, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
1 John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.”
Luke 6:32 says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.”
Mark 2:15 tells us, “And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.”
Let me clear up a couple of misconceptions that a lot of people have:
1. Jesus was Jewish. Seriously, he was a Jew, you know the ones that everyone loves to persecute and blame the world’s ills on?
2. Not only that, He came to save the Jews, everyone else was, well, basically an afterthought. Sorry, you can read it for yourself if you want.
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
So, do you really think you have any right to be the ones to condemn people like my friend? I am not saying that what he and some of my other friends are doing isn’t a sin. I’m saying it isn’t YOUR place to try to heap shame on them. It IS your place to pray for them and ask God’s help that they come to His Light.
For now, I will grieve with my friend.
In Christ’s Love,