Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Smacked in the Face

Do you think if I put sex in the first line I will get more attention.  I am not sure.  I suppose I could give it a shot.

Ok.  So before my life went completely haywire I was thinking about putting a few thoughts down on paper or web.  I suppose this is easier.  I wanted to write a few thoughts on homosexuality.  I may offend a few people, but this issue has become all to real for me.  Someone very close to me has confided in me that they are in fact gay.  I have been beating my head in, trying to wrap my mind about the whole thing.  What does it mean?  How does all this fit in to God's plan?  Eventually I had to return to the Author for an answer.  I want to take a moment a tell you where I am personally.  I hope that this will be a bit of fresh air.  You hear so many screeching voices on both sides of the issue.  I, for one have heard just about enough.

I would like you to go back with me.  Go back to the very beginning.  If we look at the creation narrative.  There are a few important things to glean from it.  First, after God had created everything he pronounced it all good.  This good I think is a bit of an understatement.  This is God saying good.  When God says good we haven't the ability to really understand what he is saying.  When God says it is good, what he is saying is that everything is in perfect harmony.  Everything is as he intended it to be.  He has created a perfect creative order.  Within that creative order he has placed a man and woman.  We can come back to that later.

Second, sometime after creation the serpent introduces the first lie.  He tells even that God is holding out on her.  He tells her that if she will just eat of the tree that she will be like God, knowing good and evil.  She swallows the bait, hook line and sinker.  Don't put too much on her guys because if you look the man was standing right there.  He stood idly by and never refuted the words of the serpent.  So we bought the lie right?  What does it mean to know good and evil?  I think that what it means is that when man entered rebellion against God that we suddenly place ourselves in the place of judge.  Instead of looking to God as the final authority in all things, man could now judge for himself.  I think you know how that has turned out.  It says in the time of the Judges that everyone did what was right in their own eyes.  All of that goes back to the first lie, when man assumed the role of God in matters of right and wrong.  Ask yourself who gets to make the rules?

Thirdly, when God confronts the man and woman with their sin he pronounces on his creation.  This isn't a curse that just effected the man and the woman.  It is a curse that effected all of creation down to the very molecular level.  Suddenly, God's good creation was turn upside down and shaken about.  If you have ever seen an ant farm, picture all of the tiny tunnels and chambers.  Now take your ant farm and shake it like a crazy person.  Do you still see much of the tunnels and chambers now?  That is exactly what the curse has done to all of creation.  Nothing is in the order that God had intended.  The Bible even says that the whole of earth groans in anticipation of the day that God will make all things right again.

Where does that bring us?  One of the areas of life that has been turned absolutely upside down is human sexuality.  I am not just talking about homosexuality here.  If you look at the created order, and compare it to sexuality today nothing fits right.  No one seems to be getting it right.  It doesn't take a lot of time to find all kinds of bizarre sexual irregularities.  None of this is how God intended it to be.  Should we just accept all this?  Is this the way that it has to be?  I don't think so.  I don't think I can make the rules.  I am not God.  He is the only one that can determine right and wrong.  He has been very clear what the boundaries are for human sexuality are.  I can not argue with him.  I would lose.

Do I believe that people are born gay?  Yes, I do.  Unfortunately, that is where too many people like to end the argument.  In the twisting of God's created order some people have had their sexuality and attraction set out of alignment with God's created order.  Do I think it is the most awful thing to be gay?  No.  People are not in control of the urges and weaknesses that they are born with.  Some people can have a glass of wine with dinner and leave it at that, while others have a taste and will end up in a gutter three weeks later.  I think we all have our own weaknesses.  Some people just have a same-sex attraction.  It doesn't make them less of a person, or despicable.  All it does is make them different from me.

So where do we go from here?  I think that as conscientious Christians we have an important decision to make.  How are we going to deal with people who are homosexual?  Should we act like the members of Westboro Baptist Church?  Should we act like it isn't a big deal, and accept them for who they are?  I think we should treat them the same way that God has treated us.  When we were at our worst he welcomed us into his family.  Now he did take us as we are, but soon after that he began to shine a light into those areas of our life that needed to be realigned.  I think we should allow the same for people who are homosexual.  You can argue all you want, but the only person that will be able to show them is God.  So love them.  Should we remain mute on the subject then, and only let God reveal it?  I don't think either.  I think we should stand unashamed on revealed truth, but we have to do it in a way that doesn't driving hurting people further from the only relief available to them.  I am not sure what that looks like in real life yet, but I am praying for guidance as I deal with this person who is so close to me.

Hey take it for what it is worth.  Just a few things that have been running through my head.

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