Walking into a restaurant during the holidays, I spotted a couple that seemed so happy. It isn’t often you see a couple sitting next to one another on the same side of the booth. We were led to our own table and
gazing into one another’s eyes gazed at the menu and placed our order. It was hard to not look at this couple who acted as if they were the only 2 people in the place. I wanted to not look as they leaned into each other, shared holiday photos from their phones and put their arms around one another. I looked away many times. I wanted to stand up and shout ‘stop it’ when they stole a kiss when they thought no one was looking. All the while, we enjoyed our lunch, Rob assuming he had my undivided attention. But my eyes and thoughts were elsewhere as I struggled… because the couple were
My struggles that day and today are how to engage my culture, my Jerusalem, with the gospel, especially those who struggle with same sex attraction. I certainly had no business prancing over to their booth and telling them how offended I was.
the next struggle..I found myself desensitized…using the excuse that it’s their business and not mine.
I’ve written here about a high school friend who is gay. I had two opportunities to love her and I have failed. If I find the post I will link to it.
I don’t want to be the Christian who sits in the pew every week listening to how God’s Word and the gospel changes lives, primarily mine, and then judge and point fingers Monday-Saturday. We’re all sinners. The same grace and mercy extended to me 39 years ago is no different for those who find themselves in a gay relationship or struggle with same sex attraction or addicted to porn, or gossiping, not loving my husband and children, or anger or _________________________________(1 Corinthians 6:11)
Thirty nine years ago I was a sinner who was separated from God, I needed a Savior, I needed to be rescued from the domain of darkness.
The same Jesus who died and rose again making a way for me to be made right with God is the same Jesus who died for all sins.
Let us not peer over menus in a restaurant or point fingers in our hearts but love as Christ loved.