Gay people in heaven? Whatever next.

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Me and Jesus

http://www.nakedpastor.com/2012/12/07/heavenly-homosexuals/

I love this cartoon.

I think for me it just speaks about God’s grace and how we think we might have some idea of who will be in heaven when we get there. But delightfully, God has a way of reaching people we would never expect, across circumstances, across religious fervour of those who think they are serving him by rejecting people, of those who think by showing God’s love as conditional they are correct. It just amazes me how many LGBT people do have faith, do love Jesus and serve him much as I try to. But it is hard when those who are supposed to be encouraging you in your faith, especially some of the Anglican leadership, instead discourage you and for me sometimes make me feel like quitting church altogether.

At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we have to look back and think honestly how we treated our fellow man. Regardless of our faith or atheism, as human beings we are, by our very nature, responsible for each other, because in being responsible for each other, we are merely being responsible for ourselves.

Sadly though to often we are only “loving those who love us”. I have many friends of other faiths, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, Jews who I love and respect as much as other Christians. My workplace is a fine example of a multi-cultural, multi-gender, multi-sexuality place. We don’t deny each other, but affirm each other, regularly on a festival, those of that faith will bring in some food to celebrate and we all do, there is never an angry word or a criticism of someone because of their sexuality and/or faith, nor an awkward denial, just acceptance that we are different and that is the best way to be.

We don’t have to fight each other all the time. The bible says Love covers over a multitude of sins. Have you noticed when someone is in love, they are blind to the blatantly obvious, their friends can see what a terrible person he is, but they just don’t get it. Love makes them blind. Sometimes, I wonder if God’s love is like that, he’s blinded by the sacrifice of his only Son. His love is unconditional, if only he could get through the religious rubbish that we put up as walls, instead of making our view of him clearer, it just gives us more blurred vision.

Jesus talked of coming to him like a child, perhaps that’s the key to the Kingdom. Not clever words or beautiful cathedrals, perhaps blind love for God. Simple love that does not come to God with a list of rules we’ve obeyed, points we’ve scored against others, but simply waiting.

I have waffled a bit in this piece, not stuck to one subject but drifted through some thoughts inspired by this cartoon.

 

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