Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 58~ 2 Cor, 13

The other day, a Christian said to me that she felt “the church has done a huge disservice to the gay community.  Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to ask her to explain what she meant by that.  So, I was left to speculate.  The weird thing is, is that I am starting to hear that same accusation out of the mouths of other Christians as well.  
Like I do every time I am stunned by what I hear, I stay in shocked silence, yet I continue to dwell on the matter until I am able to articulate a response.  But the moment has usually passed so I am left with the classic, “I should have said this or that.”
So, in my current state of “dwelling” on that statement, I am pondering,…..the whole church?….the body of Christ?….where the Holy Spirit dwells……has done a disservice?
Then I did today’s reading.
If my fellow Christians had done the same reading today, would they stick to their accusation?

“I already gave you a warning when I was with you…on my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others….He (Christ) is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.” (13:2-3)
Boy!  Paul is radical!!!  He didn’t tip-toe around sin.  He confronted it quickly or as soon as he could.
So….when one says that the church has done a “huge disservice”, are they saying the church has allowed sin to stay in it’s midst? Or are they saying the church has followed Biblical principles by dealing with sin (1 Cor. 5:12-13, 15:33), but they just don’t like those principles?

Just some food for thought for you to ponder with me!


Rapster J said...

That is a huge subject. The gay community has also set itself up against the Church in so many ways, too. Calling out sin or speaking out against sin can feel "hateful" no matter what it is. I believe Paul was speaking of those who would call themselves Christians, to deal with sin that way. And personally, I struggle with how to love, without coming across as accepting of the behavior or lifestyle. does it mean 1. not saying anything? 2. avoiding the whole subject? 3. Just be polite? Hard to do those things if it's your kid, for instance. I think I know what you would say, Anita :)

Walking with The Way said...

As I was reading your comment, I thought of a good verse to use as a reminder to how we are to be as Christians,
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2