We all have different things that get us stirred up in life. Usually the things that hit the closest to home are the ones that get the most of our attention and often times create heated disputes. Recently the Presbyterian church has been under attack from the public after their decision to endorse gay marriage. I am not sure if endorse is necessarily the right word, but I think it is fitting. I do not like to get into subjects like this in a forum where people are allowed to post openly because it almost always turns into hatred right away and I do not want that to happen, so I am praying that it does not.
I feel as though it needs to be said that none of us knows the extent of God’s mercy and grace. We know what we have been told and what we have experienced, but we do not know what He will forgive. Personally I do not support the decision that the Presbyterian Church has made, but I do support all of the people involved from the leaders and members of the church, to the heterosexual people, to the homosexual people; the only people that I do not support are the people who are acting out of hate. I am not a supporter of gay marriage; I see it as a sin, but I also see the sin that every other person on earth has and I struggle to find a difference between my sin and another person’s. We all have our struggles in life; some of us know that we are sinners and are seeking help from God, others know that they are sinners and are simply ok with that, others do not see their actions as sinful, and still others do not recognize their sin or God. To point to one area of sin and say that a person is going to hell is only saying that we are all going to hell and I do not believe that. So my response is to love people, no matter who they are, no matter what they look like, no matter what their social status, and no matter what their sexual orientation.
As Christians we are called to love not judge. God is the judge, the Holy Spirit is the change agent, and Jesus is the means to forgiveness, to put it in fairly simplistic terms.
Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
We must be careful not to accept the sin, lest we be found guilty of sin, but we must learn to love and intercede for one another. It is through love that people will know that we are truly God’s disciples (Jn. 13:35). When the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees presented Jesus with the woman who had been caught in adultery they said that the Law of Moses says that she must be stoned. Jesus knelt down and wrote in the dust and when He arose He said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” After writing in the dust again He arose to find himself alone with the woman of which he asked where are all of your accusers. He said “didn’t even one of them condemn you?” When she replied that none of them condemned her Jesus said “neither do I. Go and sin no more”(Jn. 8:1-11).
I do not condone or support gay-marriage, but I do support and love the people. My heart is to see the lost found no matter what they are going through. I have no way of knowing who is a child of God and who is not, I leave that up to God who knows all and sees all. I do my best to act in love in all circumstances, I do not always succeed, but I do my best. It is good not to accept the sin, but we must be careful to not fall into sin ourselves. We are to be light to the world. 1 John 1:5 says that “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” We must do everything that we can to be a light, lest we find our-self outside of God.