I am so sick of soap box religion and religious politics I just want to scream. I do not want to blindly carry a picket sign, or stand for some cause. Isn't it more important to LOVE? I am not saying that I agree with homosexuality any more than I agree with murder or adultery or any other of the thousand sins my brain can think of, I'm just saying that loving people is more important than political issues. Did you know that there are more verses in the Bible about love than about homosexuality, or murder, or adultery or telling lies?
Didn't Jesus have dinner at Matthew's house? (Matthew Chapter 9) Not one time, did Jesus say, Matthew you are a filthy tax collector and that is an abomination! Not one time did Jesus say, Matthew look at how horrible you are! Jesus LOVED Matthew. That is what turned Matthew's life around. Jesus' love. If we want to be more like Jesus, we have to love people.
Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus' followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?"
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." Matthew 9:10-13 (The Message)
Here's the thing. I do not want to be the Pharisee in this story. Jesus was reprimanding the Pharisees, and a lot of times people in the church ARE the Pharisees. Sometimes .. . . not all the time, but sometimes we Christians are so caught up in the causes we stand for, we lose sight of the people. We are commanded to love.
When they asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment, He didn't say, "Don't be a homosexual." or "Whatever you do, don't murder anyone." This is what He said:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[b] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 (New International Version)
If we are going to call ourselves Christians, or Christ Followers we need to get it straight. Love God. Love people.