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The Fracture In our Soul

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During the Alexandrian plague (third centuary), Christians risked their lives in caring for the sick, taking a posture of grace that said, “I am here for you. I may die, but you will not be alone.” The church embodied the gospel and the message was not forgotten.In the 1980’s, the AIDS epidemic hit the gay community. Otherwise healthy men were dying and nobody knew why. The only link seemed to be their sexuality. The church had an opportunity to again speak grace and instead spewed venom. Rather than showing compassion, we self-righteously proclaimed God’s judgment. The message came through loud and clear.

It was the wrong message.

And it has not been forgotten.

When Greg, who is gay, discovered I was a pastor, his demeanor changed. His wounds had history. After a few minutes of hyperbolic inventive, I stopped him. “Tell you what, you don’t assume I’m a gay-hating bigot, and I won’t assume your a pedophile. Deal? If we buy into stereotypes, we’ll never be able to love one another.”

Tears streamed down his face. He asked, “Are you sure you’re a Christian?”

Now there were tears of my own.

Christians may say, “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” but Greg and many other homosexuals hear, “God hates gays.” It’s unfortunate. It’s wrong. And it’s our fault.

It may look different from person to person, but sin has fractured every human soul (see Rom 3:23, 5:11 and 1 John 1:10). Alexsander Solzhenitsyn said, “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” It is time we lived and loved as though we really believed that.

At our church we regularly say, “As Christians, none of us have the freedom to live how we want. Man or woman, young or old, gay or straight – we are all under God’s authority and called to conform our lives to Christ.”

The bible is clear: homosexual practice is inconsistent with Christian discipleship. But there is not a special judgment for homosexuals. For all of us, our only hope for the fracture in our soul is the cross of Christ.

Shayne Wheeler in unChristian

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Written by Ryan

January 26, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Posted in Books, Christian, Religion

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