Let my sentence come forth from thy presence… (KJV)
Only you can say
that I am innocent,
because only your eyes
can see the truth. (CEV)
Death is right around the corner…maybe not the next corner but it’s surely waiting behind one of them.
Last week, I had a “scare.” You know the ones…those that make you stare death in the face. Well, I looked at it and chewed on it a bit, and this was one, of the many conclusions, I came to: If it be true, I would not tell my estranged christian family.
“Why?” you may ask. “Is it because you don’t want them to worry?” No. In a sense they already worry about me. I wouldn’t tell them because I don’t want them flocking to my bedside to save me from the pits of hell.
You see…my family misunderstands me, my “lifestyle” and most important my relationship with God.
Here’s just a few things they believe to be true…
- 1. Satan has blinded my spiritual eyes.
- 2. This blindness has caused me choose the wrong path.
- 3. All are born sinners, but none can be born gay.
- 4. Therefore, I have “chosen” to be gay.
- 5. God has given me over to a reprobate mind.
- 6. I was never “truly” saved.
- 7. I am on my way to hell.
- 8. It is their mission to keep me from hell.
- 9. They must not associate with me so that I “will feel ashamed and turn back to the truth.”
- 10. By believing the preceding nine, they are loving me, the sinner, but hating the sin.
In the past, I’ve always felt the need to “explain” my position. Countless times I’ve rehearsed my spill; but I’m far…far beyond that, now. I’ve realized that no amount of reasoning, no amount of “biblical interpretation” and no amount of scientific evidence would ever be enough to change their minds. For them it’s either black or white, period… “The bible says it, I believe it and that settles it.”
When facing someone with this mind-set there is no common ground where with to meet, let alone, to plead one’s case. I’ve already been “righteously judged and righteously sentenced.” However, after all these years, my knee-jerk reaction is to explain away the preceding ten. Perhaps I should do just that in another blog, but that’s not the purpose of this one.
From reading Psalms 17, it seems most likely, David found himself in a similar situation. No, he wasn’t gay…(but his relationship with Jonathan did seem quite intimate)…but he too was misunderstood. Those closest to David, had passed judgement and stood firm in their belief and would not compromise.
So what did David do…did he try to explain or justify his case? No, not at all; instead he said this to God, “Let my sentence come forth from Thy presence.” or as it is interpreted in the Common English Version, “Only you can say that I am innocent, because only your eyes can see the truth.” He also writes, “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me…”
David sought rest in his personal relationship with God, and that is what I must do. No one can really see my truth. No one truly knows my heart. I was alone when God visited me in the darkest of all my nights. So, it is He, who will be my vindicator, and my sentence will come from Him.
Knowing this, does temper the pain of rejection, but it doesn’t take it away. It’s a burden I struggle with daily, it is the cross I’m called to bear. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me…” he didn’t say it would be easy.
This passage and other bible verses, serve to bring comfort but they do “fix” the problem. Scripture, taken from here or taken from there, is not meant to be used as a switch to turn off our suffering. God never gave us his Word to “make it all better.” He gave us his Word so we wouldn’t have to walk alone. He gave us his word to walk with us through the pain and suffering. He gave us his word for comfort, but not as a “quick fix.” He gave us his word to be Jesus, until the day we are physically in his presence.
In closing, I’d like to add that my “scare” seems to be just that, a scare. I’m not totally out of the woods, but let’s just say, there are very bright glimmers of hope, that all will be well.
When I do face my death, I want no “christian” at the bedside telling me what I need. I’m going to be holding God’s hand and the hand of the woman I love. I will have no hand for them…not at my death bed. (If they can’t hold my hand in life…why would I want them to hold it in death?)
Ultimately all will be known…until then we should all keep our judgments to our-self.
My God, even… though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever…because of Jesus, amen.
(Part of the “Walk Through Psalms” series)