Reading Jennifer Knapp’s new book “Facing the Music” made me realize that there is a sacred spiritual worthiness inside everyone. The organized Church tried to deny Jennifer’s spiritual worth once she came out as a Lesbian, but Jesus had never denied anyone from seeking Him.
How shall we resolve the issue of the Church not accepting gays as practicing Christians? Our God is the all-powerful ruler of the universe, but we do not know how God will rule. Jesus is our savior, healer, and spiritual teacher. We cannot talk to Jesus directly, but fortunately we have the advantage of knowing how Jesus acted in his ministry. I can site one incident found in the New Testament when some Pharisees caught Jesus and his disciples picking grains on Sabbath day.
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:1-2)
Jesus explained that the Sabbath was made for mankind so that there exists a day of rest dedicated to God. Jesus said when God’s people had a need on the Sabbath it is the rules and regulations of the Scripture that must take a step back.
With this example, we can see the possibility that compassionate Christians can value the spiritual needs of gay Christians above the rules and regulations on our Book. After all, the Scripture was written to help us get closer to God. When the Scripture is used as an instrument to shatter a person’s spiritual life, then that runs counter to what I can see as God’s will.
Lord, may your Mercy rein in our world. Let us not sacrifice any spiritual lives, but protect all who belong to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.