In the Nicene creed study this past week – we studied how one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is unifying believers – and the importance that plays in the role God has given us as “The Church” in this world. Unity is important and and how we respond will definitely speak volumes to unbelievers … As I began processing this Thursday night and grieved over the conflict arising from it – God took me to two examples in scripture – both of Christ – one where He ate with “sinners and publicans” and was questioned about it (Matthew 9:9-13); and then the time that he rescued a woman who would have by OT LAW been stoned to death for adultery (John 8:1-8). In both situations Christ takes the time to sit with them (“sinners”), or talk with her about her situation. In neither case did he condone what they were or the lifestyle she had chosen rather He lovingly pointed both the “sinners” and those who questioned Him to the Father ❤️
I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else – but it’s what he’s given me – Bottom line for me is this – While I can’t agree with Jen and attend the marriages of my LGBT friends or agree with her that their marriages are Holy – I mean how can something that we believe to be sinful in God’s eyes be set apart for God – or considered sacred? I do however strongly AGREE with her in the fact that we are to love them! For goodness sakes we are all sinners saved by grace!!! The sinners and publican and adulterers and the divorced and the addicts and the LGBT and the myriad of other “labels” we place on ourselves or others SHOULD be loved by “the church” whether that’s in a “church” building or on the street or in our work places or neighborhoods … It’s in doing this we are loving like Christ loves and accomplishing The Fathers will ❤️
One other note – while we might agree or disagree with a stand someone has taken – when we plaster it all over social media I believe we do the work of God harm – for it emphasizes disunity and at best this confuses a watching world, or at worst condemns them – pushing them away from the very thing meant to save them.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not parish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him ❤️ John 3:16-17
We have been filled with the Holy Spirit and left here on this earth not to condemn the world but to love the world like Christ did –
See, now I’m giving you a new command – you must love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should also love each other ❤️