Thursday, April 17, 2014
George Takei: A pastor's message on homosexuality
Three-quarter I agree with this Pastor, one quarter I do not but on how to respond to homosexuals, I am totally with the Pastor. Clearly we don't have the right to judge the homosexuals but also recently I have been led to revisit Revelation 1 to 3. How appropriate as contrast to get John the Apostle of Love with the famous John 3:16 be the person to record Revelation. These are very difficult times to be a pastor. I am afraid the majority of them would end badly.
For me trapped in such times and place, there is no difference between gay and straight or a divorcee vs married. However just because the members and leaders of the churches are deep in sin do not mean we add another drop to the bucket. Nevertheless the homosexuals have done a wonderful job at driving the Christians crazy because they are by and large better people than the Christians. We are in a perverse situation. That additional drop of the homosexuals makes the bucket a little better. It is not supposed to be like this but this is the reality today. Therefore Pope Francis will not judge the homosexuals but have instead led by example to go into public confession and asking for forgiveness. For the churches, the issue isn't homosexuality which is clearly being used by God to expose the Christians hypocrisies.
A right with God church would not stand for homosexuality but nevertheless pursue homosexuals even if persecuted. It will persistently welcome the homosexuals into its community but in turn the homosexuals will reject repeated offers. They can't stand the 'holiness' and it is so sad I had to put on the quotes because nobody knows what holiness is. The greater the holiness, the more awesome the love. You can't imagine or conceptualize that as it must be seen and experienced. That is the secret of John's record of his Lord's prayer in chapter 17.
Just as those publicans, adulterers, prostitutes, thieves and unclean lepers in Jesus time made the religious and morally upright looked bad, we are experiencing the analogue today. Only the personalities and types God is using have changed, but the religious and morally upright are still the same. I can hear the Christians say we are not like the Pharisees whom in like manner they had also said to Jesus, we are not like those who killed the prophets.
God's love is SCANDALOUS and I hope that Pastor would discover soon as he opens his arms to the homosexuals.
Posted by PengYou at 10:10 AM