By Michael GlatzeRenew America
We often feel helpless, in situations. We want guidance. We know we should turn to the Bible; but, sometimes, we forget. We know we should trust our Savior; but, sometimes, we get ahead of ourselves â€” or, we get a little too "in to" ourselves. This is a common experience for all Christians, myself included.
We are commanded by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, to love Him â€” and, to love others. Simple commandments â€” but, we forget these too. Then, lest we should begin beating ourselves up for perceived failures, we can recognize that we are under Grace, thus no longer condemned by Jesus. We let go, we slip back under His yoke... and, we love some more.
This is the Christian life.
In today's perilous times, people find themselves riled up by the forces of darkness and evil around us. We hear something that makes us sad, which leads to a bit of anger, which leads us into a foolish argument â€” which we are advised, by the apostle Paul, to avoid. Thus, we "engender strife," when we could â€” simply â€” love.
Does love mean we agree with everything? God forbid. Does love mean we don't feel when people are hurting themselves? God forbid. God's love is as great as His justice, His recognition of right and wrong.
And, so, I write this today as a letter of encouragement to the Christian Church to continue trusting in the Love of the Saviour, rather than in your own understanding, to continue swallowing your pride and letting Him fight our battles for us. Often, we have a tendency to want to play the hero, or the heroine; this temptation comes from a desire to prove ourselves. In Christ, our souls are already proven.
I was once a gay activist, and the editor of a national gay magazine. I lived a life with a same-sex partner, with a dog, a house, and many friends. Then, I got saved, and realized that I couldn't be gay and Christian â€” because, that would be living a lie. Soon, I found help to heal from homosexuality, and found myself living a new life, as a heterosexual man â€” complete with memories and a certain perspective of what it's like to be under the grips of a life lived in the excuse of a sin.
Jesus provides a way out of all temptations that are common to man. Homosexuality is one of those temptations that some people face. There will always be the temptation to dive in, completely, becoming identified with a sinful behavior; in fact, this temptation has become a political movement â€” supported by many politicians and courts in our land, as well as other countries in this world. But Christians aren't to be afraid of the pressure of an increasingly-prevalent world system; we are not to be yoked together and conformed to the ways of this world.
I don't believe that we should fear our brothers and sisters who do make the decision to bind, in small or large ways, with the ways of the world. For, our commandment from Jesus is not a commandment of fear, but of love. When a fellow Christian gets misguided, we are to love him or her the same way we are to love the lost; the way God, and only God, can love.