Be the Light
Whatever our own personal feelings we are called to be “salt and light”. In the debate over homosexuality in the church this is surely the most important thing, to allow our light to shine, the love that we have because of our salvation through Christ to be the overriding driver in every conversation and interaction with each other.
There is nothing worse than reading hateful posts on Facebook and Twitter posted by “Christians” who condemn homosexual behaviour and who do not want to allow the LGBT communities into their churches. We must meet each other in a place of love, mutual respect and a belief that ultimately we cultivate our own personal relationship with God, no one else can do this for us, and let’s face it the truth is that it is God and God alone who we will all answer to.
Romans 14 speaks about our need to “cultivate good relationships” with each other and I feel that this is the first step to ensure our churches are open and inclusive communities where all feel welcome. But please don’t confuse that openness and desire to be inclusive with a view that anything goes. Galatians 6:1 reminds us of our responsibility – Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently
We know that there is only one way to eternal life, so we must do everything we can to encourage people from all walks of life to come to church which then helps them to build up a personal relationship with God. It is during this time of relationship building that we will find opportunities to discuss faith, biblical teaching and beliefs and that is when we must speak God’s truth most lovingly and gently and you know what, God will do the rest!
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.