By Chris Faulknor, Publisher
The recent topic of gay marriage has brought on a whole new concern with the Christians of the world: “How should I treat gay people?”
Well, one option would be to treat it as the abomination that it is.
Based on the thoughts of some people I have heard speak in recent weeks, it seems some thing that an angry mob might be the answer.
In many people’s view, this would be carrying out God’s justice through the work of their hands–that sounds almost biblical, doesn’t it? Almost poetic, in fact.
I’m going to pull out my favorite card: “What would Jesus do?”
In the gospel of Mark, we find out exactly what Jesus would do.
“Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.”
Let’s be clear–at the time, the tax collecters were considered among the most dirty and corrupt of them all.
They were the ones who took the last pennies from a needy family, and enforced the rule of the government onto many, and often even took extra for themselves.
If there’s anyone the people of the time would have beaten with their bats, it would have been the tax collecters.
The story continued, “While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’”
So why did he do it?
He should have immediately tried to stop them, right?
He should have confronted Levi at that booth and started reading from the Bible.
He should have shown him the error of his ways then and there.
As one put it to me last week, “That behavior should not be tolerated!”
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’”
Jesus also displays this behavior when a group of men went to stone a woman caught in adultery.
When asked if she should be stoned, he replied, “Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.”
Would it have been you?
If indeed these people are living in sin, they are doing it with the rest of us.
We all have sinned, and we all are guilty.
Here’s the special part for all of you clamoring over the evil Sodomites and spitting about the intolerable filth of the earth.
The book of James says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Yes, that means what you think it means: no one sin is worse than another–sin is sin.
That means that if you raised your middle finger to that bad driver on the interstate, you are just as bad as the so-called Sodomites.
That means when I accidently (or knowingly) let some foul words loose and they took God’s name in vain, it wasn’t simply a minor sin, it was a sin.
The determining factor in where we go and what happens to us when we die is simple: Have we allowed Jesus Christ to be a part of it and allowed him to pay our debt.
We all have the debt, an equal amount of it, too.
But the state of being a sinner is a binary one–you are or you aren’t.
Jesus loved everyone.
Jesus ate with the tax collectors–some of the worst of his time–all because he felt that showing them love was the way to make the world better.
People who are attracted to the same sex, in my opinion, are far from what some consider “the worst of our time,” but even if they were, stop and think about this for just a minute.
If that logic worked for Jesus Christ: the son of God, how do you get by “not tolerating” any behavior out there?