I had a conversation with a friend this afternoon and it gave me something to think about and address. I decided to do it here, and it isn't because I think that her stance and outlook is wrong, but because I actually think that light needs to be cast in the darkness, because all things are revealed in the light. My beliefs are such that I don't care what you do, or how you do it. I don't believe God cares who you were, but who you are and what you can become. See, I also believe that we are all called to walk on a path that leads us to a closer intimate walk with Him. Personal beliefs should not play a part in any of it. The Word of God, our Bible is an inspired work it is the blueprint to a successful life and walk with God. But, it is open to interpretation, and the Holy Spirit works on us as It wills and sees fit. If we are not continually open and receptive to the teachings of God, then we are not having a close and intimate relationship with Him. Further, I don't think we ever get to a place where we know everything, nor is there a place that we reach when we cannot still be amazed and sight restored to our eyes.
Now, let me explain a bit about the conversation that we had, and understand that I know where she is coming from and I understand, but I also know a different truth, and when I have a chance to readdress this issue I will bring it up. See in Paul's letter to the Romans, there is a section that deals with Homosexuality, and this is the issue that I was asked about today. For clarification purposes, I include myself in the gay community and consider myself homosexual. However, I am not a practicing homosexual, because the ability to have sex is something that at this point in my life is not exactly possible. Due to the surgeries and illnesses that I have been through. If you need further clarification, please feel free to email me and I will explain in detail. I believe that the New Testament is where our focus should be today, the Old Testament is the old way, the old covenant between God and Abraham. Jesus brought with Him the New Testament and a New covenant and that is where we should focus. Without going into too much detail, I believe that her stance which she explained to me that Homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God. I would encourage her to re-read Romans again, because there is something that she missed.
I am not going to go into it here any further than that. I have to say, that we are called on to love one another, to lead by example, it isn't our job to force anything, especially our beliefs on another. We are to plant the seed of salvation and let it grow. We are too love the Sinner but not the Sin. The greatest commandment that Jesus gave was to love one another. I believe this with all of my heart. I am comfortable with who I am and with the choices I have made in my life. I do not regret the path that I am on for I am truly blessed and favored. I have seen more answered prayer this year and continually I am experiencing Miracles in my life daily. God brought me into this persons life for a reason and I am beginning to divine where. Holiness is something that Grace gives us. We are all bound by original sin, we cannot escape it. However, we were given a way to Salvation and Victory through Jesus. We are too learn from His suffering, we are to follow His example. Never once did Jesus turn His back on anyone. His Message was always the same and trust me when I say that 2000 + years later it still hasn't changed.
God created each of us in His image, the Bible also tells us that there is nothing on this Earth that isn't good. He looked upon the world and all His creations and said they were good. Each of us is convicted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we are called upon to do the work of the Lord and live our lives as Christlike as we can. This is very important. We are not called on to be judges, we are not called upon to look at a person and determine if their way of life or lifestyle is wrong. We need to understand that God has a plan and a solution for all things, and resolution of the homosexual conflict is there. You just need to read it and understand. I am meeting with my friend on Tuesday for breakfast and I am going to take with me the scriptures that I am referring too and will show her what the Word says. Now we will see what the Lord does, because if I am right about my friend, being open and receptive to the unconditional love of God her eyes will be opened and a new seed will be planted with in her that might show her something she never considered before.
See as long as we are open to receive the word, and study it, we become it, and live it. As it becomes part of us that which we do becomes the work of the Lord, it is not my actions or deeds, but the movement of the Spirit within me that will shed some light as I said on the darkness and light will grow and blossom. Even scholars and learned pastors can still learn and grow from the word. They sometimes just need to be pointed in the right direction. Love, tolerance, acceptance, are what the world needs today and that should be the message that we are spreading. If you preach and teach other than that something is terribly wrong. Because Christ was all about love, forgiveness, understanding and acceptance. Jesus didn't care who you were, what you did. He only cared about you and who you are!
Keep that in mind when you are talking to others, we are the light that they see in the world we are what drives the darkness away, and it is through us that the Love of God is revealed on Earth. The reason why we have to go through the trials and injuries that we are tasked with is for us to learn. Because unfortunately man only learns through pain. If it doesn't hurt they are going to keep doing it and experiencing it. Pain is the only true deterrent.
As always my hopes and dreams are with you,