Not Just Homosexuality but Humans

As we continue at our look at the polarizing issue of homosexuality, we have to remember the bigger reality, that  instead of just having a…

Homosexual Problem, We Have A Homosapien Problem–as we pick up with Jesus interacting with the woman at the well (John 4, 10, 13-18)  10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”/ 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” Jesus holds up two pictures of this woman’s life which are in tension. He proves that he doesn’t ignore the sin in her life, but at the same time, he can see for her a life that isn’t defined by an identity of sin. In other words, come and drink from the water that will ultimately satisfy. Instead of throwing the pebbles into the crater hoping it will fill you up. Can you relate to that? Setting up a tent in “what was,” going back to “who you used to be,” feeling that fight for the identity of your very self—and Jesus all along is saying come let me wash you, cleanse you, and make you clean. Christ constantly balances the grave with his grace.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What happens in the homosexual debate is that things devolve into comparison—“why do you think your heterosexual relationships are any better than my homosexual ones?” One against another, when what we miss is that the true comparison is each one of us against the standing of Christ.A pastor once was confronted by a man who started the comparison game. He started to argue that he really wasn’t the one in need of saving, not compared to people he knew, not compared to those around him. The pastor started by asking the person to rank Billy Graham, the evangelist that traveled around the world sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. He thought about it for a moment and said, probably at least a 7—7.5. The pastor nodded along, alright what about Mother Teresa where does she fall on your scale—the guy thought about it for a second, her work in Calcutta, her sacrifice, and he said well that has to be at least an 8-8.5, he said okay, what about the Apostle Paul—was confronted with the Risen Lord on the road to Damascus, planted church, martyred for his faith—the guy said well at least a solid 9. It doesn’t get much better than that. Alright, the pastor said, you did a good job, but there is only a few problems with your scale. Billy Graham said of himself that he is a sinner saved only by the grace of God. Mother Teresa wrestled with doubt, struggled with her work, and found short-comings in herself. The Apostle Paul wrote that he was the worst of all sinners. If that is where these 3 fall on the list, where should you put yourself? We have to be willing to call sin-sin, but we cannot think that our sin in comparison is any less offensive to God, that God’s grace is any less needed in our own lives or for the lives of the college student who is sleeping around, the couple dating and crossing all the lines using the excuse that “being in love” legitimizes sin, maybe it is the divisive church member that is quick to throw a fit, the person who has it have it their way at the expense of God’s way.

For Christopher Yuan his ability to compartmentalize was finally rocked when he was compartmentalized into a 6’ x 8’ cell. It was while in prison that he found a Bible, where he started to see that he didn’t have a homosexuality problem, which was where the problem of being a human in a fallen world manifested.  Although Yuan didn’t know how he was going to master the issue of homosexuality in his life, he made a decision which propelled his life into a different direction. He gave his life over to a new Master—Jesus Christ.

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