Recently, I had a family member express concern for my soul. Their reason? I’m a lesbian.
Now, first of all, I realize their concern is an expression of love, but I also know, they fear if they fail to warn me, then my blood will stain their hands, at the great white throne of God’s judgement. I know this because, I too, once held to such belief. I am aware of the almost unbearable pain this causes, and it makes me sad.
After a lifetime of being taught this, it ceases to be an opinion, and becomes a way of life, which is extremely hard to escape. Everything in life, is governed by the philosophy of black and white, cut and dry, leaving no room for debate. There are no hues of grays, it’s either wrong or right, irregardless of what modern technology or science proves different.
For example, I Corinthians 6:9-10 names a long list of characters who have no hope of heaven. Listed among these, of course, are homosexuals, but also listed are people who covet, adulterers, thieves and drunkards. There’s a significantly longer list, found in Romans chapter 1, and it contains, people who envy, people who gossip, people who are proud, and even people who are disobedient to their parents.
May I be so bold as to say, everyone in the world, falls somewhere within these categories. So, if taken literally, no one, it seems, should ever make it to the pearly gates, but that, my friends, is the point; and this point, is often missed because the reader becomes side tracked by the mention of the “sin” of homosexuality.
The point is, no one, absolutely no one, is worthy of Gods Kingdom. To stress this, Paul in the same book writes, “There is no one righteous, no, not one…for all have sinned…”
Thankfully, the book of Romans doesn’t end upon this dire note, but instead it points the reader to one person: Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, and what he means to all of mankind, is the sole emphasis of the whole book of Romans. If you read the whole book, instead of picking scripture here and there, the conclusion is made that we are all “… justified freely by God’s grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith without the deed of the law.”
Now, having written all of the above, I am aware there are arguments to be made. My fundamental and evangelical friends pose some valid questions about homosexuality and sin in general. I truly want to address these; however, that is another blog for another time. To be honest, more than a blog post…a series.
In closing, I just want to say, as a gay-christian, (no oxymoron) I choose to live by grace. Grace is a world of unanswered questions; a world full of wonder that drives us to seek answers. We become scrappy Christians, who wrestle and grapple to find answers, but at the end of the day, we still have to say, “I don’t know” and because of grace, that is okay. Grace is, not knowing the answers while resting in peace.
In the past, the accusations, from well-meaning Christians-family and friends-would anger me and set me on the defensive. I would think, “How dare they judge my relationship with God?” That’s not, so much, my reaction anymore, instead, I am saddened by the fear, I know they feel. I wish, there were a way, to draw back the curtains of my soul, so all concerned, could witness my relationship with God. This, I know, is the only thing that would lay such fears to rest.