Really, what is all the hoopla about? I have been reading many articles and posts regarding the Supreme Court ruling that all states have to recognize same sex marriage. The people for whom this is a ‘big win’ are celebrating, the people who view it as a deterioration of the definition of marriage are “up in arms” about the decision. Personally, I have no opinion of the ruling only of the reactions to the ruling. It is the government, they do as they please and nothing I do will change that and nothing they do will change how I live my life.
As I’ve said before in an earlier blog post, I am a relationship person. The primary relationship I have is with my Creator God, Jehovah. Now I am not a ‘religious’ person by any means but I am a person of faith. Let me make it clear, my faith and hope rest in my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. On that the rest of my life and relationships are based.
The Christian right, those who are quite vocal, to me, are reacting in an unloving and unforgiving manner in regard to the issue of same sex marriage. I don’t care that the government condones it, that does not change the Biblical definition and does not change my behavior nor threaten my marriage of 34 years. God put my husband and I together, rather forcefully I might add, in the midst of our sinful lifestyle. I have to admit that our oldest daughter was a year old before we legally and in front of Christian witnesses actually got married. After a long period of extreme poverty during which we read the Bible aloud to each other as we cared for our small daughter, because we had no funds for anything or to go anywhere, the Lord laid it upon our hearts that we should marry. I was the woman at the well, in my case I had had two husbands and the man I was with at that time was not my husband. The Lord was gracious and merciful and led me back to Himself and once we made that decision, suddenly there were unexpected funds available to pay for the few things that needed to be done to officially marry and within a week of receiving those funds we were legally and in the eyes of God married.
Now I don’t think that my sin was any less abhorrent to God than those who engage in same sex relationships. God is willing to forgive those who repent of any sin. Sexual sin is just as bad in the eyes of God regardless of whether or not it is man and woman or same sex. It is all the same. So with that in mind consider how Jesus treated the woman at the well, he was gentle and loving in His approach to bringing her to repentance. She recognized and declared that He was the Messiah. Consider also how Jesus treated the Pharisees who were so adamant in following the religious laws to the letter. He scorned them and called them a brood of vipers who were clean on the outside and vile on the inside. These were the religious leaders of the day, Jesus associated with the sinners and tax collectors and the religious leaders rejected and condemned Him, the Son of God, because of that association.
I pray fervently that I will not be judged as a Pharisee of my time. Many years ago I had a very long commute to work and back. During that drive time I listened to radio ministers, Christian music and prayed a lot. One day as I was driving and praying I asked God what I was supposed to be doing to serve Him better. His reply, crystal clear in my mind, was “Love my people.” The vision of His people that He gave me were those who are lost and hurting, those in need whether physical or emotional or spiritual. In other words everyone, literally. Granted some people are very hard to love, but that is my mission, to love even the least lovable because my God loves them and is brokenhearted that any should reject Him and not know Him. I have to show God’s love in order for others to know God’s love.
God allows the leaders of a nation to be in power. Maybe the things that are happening in the political realm is a judgement, maybe it is just God giving up the nation as a whole to it’s own devices. Based on the various elections of the last few years it appears that this nation is almost equally divided between the ‘left’ and the ‘right.’ So we are a nation divided. It happens and maybe even because instead of witnessing Christ in a loving and forgiving manner there have been generations of Christians preaching a hell with brimstone and fire and condemning non-believers to that fate for their actions. I’ve met many people who profess with their mouth to be Christian, but their actions do not show the mercy that Jesus showed to sinners. Oh, by the way, that lake of fire, it wasn’t meant for humans as I understand it. That is another topic for another time I think.
When I am talking to individuals who are non-believers I speak to them the same as to a believer. My life is full of what God has done for me and I feel so blessed that I want to share that with others. My experiences with God riddle my conversations. There have been a few times that a simple conversation has turned into a real witnessing of Christ by revealing what He has done in my life. That in turn has led to what Christ can do for them. Those few times have been exhilarating for me, usually after the fact when I realize that God just sort of took over my tongue. In those times I don’t generally remember exactly what was said, just that it was a God moment and the right words came out of my mouth.
Back to the topic at hand, if we do not witness to the lost, including those who have alternative life styles with someone they love of the same gender, how will they ever have the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ? What does it matter that the law of the land now allows same sex marriage? It does not threaten those of us who are or will be in committed Christian marriages. What it does allow is for those people to have the same benefits as a married heterosexual couple. Insurance from the partners employment and other things that a married man and woman share. Why would someone be so unloving as to deny them those benefits? Why would any child of God be so unloving as to be judgmental and condemning? I don’t view many of the reactions I’ve read as being “Christ-like” in their presentation. A few I’ve read agree with me that the focus is on the wrong thing, but, at the same time even some of them are really harsh on the people who are so opposed to this new ruling by the Supreme Court. In reality, it shouldn’t matter, we need to fulfill the commission that Jesus gave us and go out and make disciples. If our message is presented in love and is still rejected with no hope of a person ever accepting, then we can shake the dust off our sandals and leave them to the judgement of God. It is not our place to judge anyone, that is God’s job. It is our place to be a light in the world for good. Live the life, love the life, and show people by our actions just whom we serve. God, the Creator of all things, is loving and merciful to forgive all sin, if only we repent and ask His forgiveness.
Maybe on another day I’ll write about my view of what is happening in the world in general and how I view it from the Biblical perspective of a lay-person. Until next time, be blessed and let the love of God shine so brightly through you that others will seek out what you have.