I read a challenging article recently. Not that I agree with everything in it. But it was challenging, emotive, motivating, risk taking and world-view shaking. The punch-line for me, the lesson I think many of us, and the “us” includes me, need to learn is this:
“I know there are many here who believe that living a homosexual life is a sin.
But, what does that have to do with love?
I repeat… what does that have to do with love?
Come on. Don’t we understand? Don’t we get it? To put our arm around someone who is gay, someone who has an addiction, somebody who lives a different lifestyle, someone who is not what we think they should be… doing that has nothing to do with enabling them or accepting what they do as okay by us. It has nothing to do with encouraging them in their practice of what you or I might feel or believe is wrong vs right.
It has everything to do with being a good human being. A good person. A good friend.
That’s all.” (Here)
Well, like I said, I don’t agree with everything about the article. Case in point, that’s not all. It’s not just about being a good friend, a good person, a good human being. That is because good is not good enough. When Christ went to the outcast, he didn’t do it to make good people. He did it to make new people. God’s not in the business of making this world good, per se. He’s in the business of making this world new (See the scriptures, Revelation 21:5).
Of course, new is the ultimate good.
When the Bible envisions the consummation of this story we’re in, it envisions “all things new”, and in that, it envisions all things in a perfectly good state.
But isn’t that what the Kingdom of God is all about? Every time Jesus extended his hand to an outcast, wasn’t that Kingdom work? Wasn’t that how the Kingdom of God was breaking forth into this world? We call that “good”. The New Testament calls that “new“.
The good without the new just isn’t good enough. The world can be pretty good at good. In a way, willingly or unwillingly, when those who don’t know the Way do the things of the Way, they are doing Kingdom work. I’m not suggesting that they are a part of the Kingdom though, because the Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
What I am wondering is why the world can be so darn good at doing Kingdom work sometimes – like, for example, loving the gay person – while the people of God who are called a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) fail at precisely this point.
Just wondering introspectively.