Sunday, June 7, 2015

GAY OR STRAIGHT, PART 3

May I begin with a quick reality check? None of us have it all together. We are flawed human beings. None have attained a state of perfection. No one completely knows EVERYTHING about ANYTHING. Not a one. Except God.

This is how we are wired. If we could attain perfection and complete knowledge while on this earth, there would be no need for God.

Maybe this is why God says he hates pride. HATES it. Not the prideful. Just pride, in and of itself. Because pride puts an emphasis on us ~ who we are, and what we have accomplished.

Jesus wasn't just addressing the average sinner when He walked this earth. He used His harshest tones on the know-it-all, self-righteous Pharisees.

The sinners ~ the ones struggling and knee-deep in messiness ~ He came alongside of, lovingly ministering to them.

I am writing from my own personal experience at the risk of ruffling a few feathers. What I have personally witnessed inside some church walls has made me angry. And very sad. I believe it angers and saddens Jesus, too. In our attempts to keep the church "clean" and presentable, I think we have managed to scuff up the very image of Christ and all He stands for ~ those He came for! This includes the LGBT community.

Jesus wasn't afraid to get dirty. He didn't turn a blind eye to those society cast off. Some of the people He chose to spend time with caused jaws to drop. "HOW COULD HE?! Doesn't He know who they are?"

Friend, no one has it all together. All of us are flawed. I place myself at the top of that list. We all need God's grace. And thank GOD He has an abundant supply of it!

Lord, please! Help us to stop judging...labeling...excluding...pointing fingers! Help us be lights to a hurting world. Help us to be channels of Your agape love to all. Gay or straight.

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