You may have already read the viral blog post entitled, "I'm Christian unless You're Gay" by Dan Pierce on his blog "Single Dad Laughing." Well, a follow up has just been posted including a powerful letter from a gay teenage boy that is lighting people up all over again. Click here to read this post.
Although this topic doesn't immediately address worship issues, I wanted to respond in a way that does...because it seems that in the case of Homosexual v. Christian, we are forgetting one very important thing - we don't make the rules. God is God. We can interpret particular scriptures whatever way we choose to interpret them...but when we forget that we worship a God who gave His life for us so that we might know love...that's when it becomes an issue of whom or what we worship.
In the case of Homosexual v. Christian, I believe that Christians have to adjust the way we think of homosexuality. Not to claim purity or righteousness for the lifestyle necessarily, but to recognize...well...that they are friggin' people!
However, generally speaking everyone needs to change perspective about Christianity, too. For an example...Christians don't deserve love. It is true. None of us. We fail miserably all the time at simply being decent human beings. In fact, Christians are the same as homosexuals when it comes to "deserving" love.
When homosexuals use the argument, "I deserve to be loved as much as anyone else" they are correct...but in a totally different way than most people realize. It is elitism for anyone to think that they deserve love. Love is a gift. It comes with a great price. In order to receive love...it must be given. In order to truly give love...you must have received it. There is no greater love than to lay down your life for someone. And until this concept of love seeps deep into someone's heart...until someone realizes this has been done for them by God...then that someone will always reserve "love" for those who in their minds "deserve it".
Homosexuality is not to be used as a measurement for love...nothing is. We don't deserve it! The good news is...LOVE has been given to all of us if only we would receive it. Then our job is to spread it unsparingly to EVERYONE we encounter...not because we deserve it....but because it makes God happy (and it makes all of us happier people too). This is a great article...a great letter...but Christianity is not a religion of people who are perfect love. It is a family of people who recognize and spread God's love. AND everyone can join in the cause!
Who do we worship? Do we worship the feeling we get in our stomach when someone addresses and issue we don't agree with? Do we worship the idea we have of God? Or are we truly looking at the entirety of scripture in understanding who we worship?
Christians "deserve to be loved as much as anyone else"...but in a totally different way than most people realize.