This is a Love Revolution and all are invited to take part. Actions speak louder than words and faith without deeds is dead- so we are going outside of our comfort zone to love all people- everywhere.
This is a love that is counter cultural. This is a love that has the power to transform.
To this end, I must explain the course of actions that I chose to take last weekend. I have been under heat by some very loving and well meaning Christians who do not understand why I chose to walk in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend. It was not about compromising in my faith as a Believer of Christ, but it was following the mandate of Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
To witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the remotest part of the earth… is to GO outside of the “Christian circle” and to love those who have been shunned by the religious community. We cannot pick and chose who to show mercy and love to. We are to share the love and redemption of Christ to all creatures.
The fact is, we are all sinners- I know I am. Therefore I have no right to grade sin according what is most offensive to God- all sin is wrong. The Lord knows how good I am at sinning and how much I need His grace and forgiveness. I would not be a Christian today if loving Godly people had not chosen to reach out their hand and love me regardless of the sin that I was living in.
As Christians we are representing the body of Christ; we are to be His hands and feet- to go. We are to spread His love to our broken and lost world. I was broken and lost- I needed, and still need, God’s grace, love and forgiveness. Yet it breaks my heart to know that the reputation of modern day Christianity is that of a group of contemptuous, self righteous individuals who think that they are better than others in the name of Christ. This is not the reputation that we were called to. We were designed to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) to shed the light of hope to those who are seeking a better way to live life.
Often following Christ means challenging the status quo- Jesus himself was counter cultural for His time. For goodness sake, they crucified the son of God because they believed him to be a blasphemer and a heretic! Sometimes walking in obedience to God means that you will be asked to do something unconventional or misunderstood by Christian culture.
The bottom line is that God loves everyone and does not discriminate according to sexual orientation. He came to show love and mercy to all people.
John 3:16-17“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.