Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage has caused quite the stir. On one hand you have the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual (GLBT) population jumping for joy as this is what they have been fighting for now for years and you have the religious communities grabbing their guns and ready for battle. As I heard the announcement, my first thought was, “our world is changing, forever.” The passing of a law like this would have a huge effect on our society as a whole, but the thing I am most concerned about is those who pin the title “Christian” on their shirt, how should we respond?
A “Christian” is supposed to be a follower of Christ; meaning, he is our teacher, our example, the one we desire to imitate, learn from and exemplify. Jesus the Christ was not liked by “church people.” They hated him, they looked for ways to trap him or to catch him saying the wrong thing. Any time a religious leader came to him and expressed “the Law says this, what do you say?” Jesus always responded with grace and mercy before rules, always! When a women was thrown in front of him who was caught in the act of adultery and the church people wanted to follow the rules and take her out and stone her, Jesus’ response was, “which one of you is without sin?” Mercy first.
Jesus was ridiculed and slandered because of the company with whom he associated. He regularly ate with prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners. The lowest of the low, the people everyone looked down upon and scoffed at. I believe if Jesus was a pastor today his church would be full of, drunkards, drug addicts, prostitutes, murderers, the GLBT population, adulterers and any other lost soul looking for love, mercy and a place of acceptance. It is so sad that our churches and those of us who carry the title Christian are not the ones full of love and acceptance. If we truly are followers of Christ, this must change.
Our churches are full of people who are full of pride, hate, selfishness, liars, cheaters, covetous people, who gossip, who have hidden addictions and we can sit in our seat looking just like the rest and find acceptance and love, yet we are full of sin. Yet if a homosexual couple walked up to the church door holding hands, would we let them in? Would people glare and look at them as an abomination? Would they find acceptance and love? Or if we treated them in such a way, would that be condoning their lifestyle, and we just can’t do that, right?
If Jesus the Christ was part of the congregation, I believe he would be the quiet one that sat at the back of the church. I believe he would see the couple coming and invite them to sit with him. I believe he would treat them like human beings who were made in the image of His father. I believe they would find love and acceptance like they have never known and I believe he would invite them to his house for dinner.