Background to Linda and this blog.
Linda, is an ex lesbian, whose alcoholism and other problems led her to ‘find Jesus’ and in doing so, to renounce her life as a lesbian. I find this to be very sad. Her pastor supports her in her decision, but the pastor goes home to his/her wife/partner and shares a life of companionship and sex. Linda, by being accepted by a church (cult) has to be alone with “her cross.”
Linda is supported, love and encouraged by “Christians” who have responded to my criticism (not of Linda’s choice) but my idea that being a lesbian is not a sin (unless you resort to Leviticus). Being a homosexual is an abomination, but so is eating pork, cutting one’s hair, wearing two clothes on the same body, etc. etc.). Leviticus was written some 3,500 years ago, when starting a fire was done by rubbing two stones together or striking a flint. Would these same homophobic Christians who are in love with certain abominations in Leviticus go to a doctor today who practised medicine from the time of Leviticus?
Here is just one of my comments. I am looking at the Story of the Good Samaritan. I have asked all the Linda supporters to comment on why Jesus chose a Samaritan. Not one replied, yet they were quite happy to quote me passages to remind me that as a homosexual I would be damned. So here I go with this final comment to them.
My comment to Charisma News: (where Linda’s conversion is celebrated).
Linda, the commenters and myself all wish to enter the Kingdom. When asked how to achieve this, Jesus tells the lawyer (in Matthew) to love God, love neighbour and love self. The lawyer wants to pick and choose who to love as a neighbour. Samaritans were not people that Jews loved. In fact, if a Jew came into physical contact with a Samaritan, he/she had to go to the Temple for purification. Yet, jesus drank from a cup of a Samaritan woman at the well (a clear example of not judging and loving everyone). I have asked repeatedly to commenters, “why Jesus chose a Samaritan?” and nobody has bothered to answer, so I will. Jesus wishes the lawyer ( who is really you and me) to know that we have no right to judge or persecute another person who is different from us. Samaritans were not believers in the God of Abraham, so why would Jesus pick such a person. Why not pick a good Jewish person to be the hero, a person who believed in Yawheh?
Because the good man was a Samaritan, Jesus is drawing a strong contrast between those who knew the law and those who actually followed the law in their lifestyle and conduct. Yes, today, there are Christians that can quote you a scripture that will make you so aware that you have a particular sin – be it homosexuality, or being an unwed mother, or being divorced, or being….
The Story of the Good Samaritan is about loving people different from you…people that worship Allah or people that are atheists….ONlLY GOD SEES INTO EACH HUMAN HEART.
Jesus now asks the lawyer if he can apply the lesson to his own life with the question “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” (Luke 10:36).
Once again, the lawyer’s answer is telling of his personal hardness of heart. He cannot bring himself to say the word “Samaritan”; he refers to the “good man” as “he who showed mercy.” His hate for the Samaritans (his neighbors) was so strong that he couldn’t even refer to them in a proper way. Jesus then tells the lawyer to “go and do likewise,” meaning that he should start living what the law tells him to do.
Each of us is tested by who we choose to love and who we choose to put down. Isn’t it so easy to say, “I love the person, but not the sin.” This is an absolute cop-out. We either love all our neighbours or we judge.
It is not your place or my place to point out other people’s sins…as Jesus told us (when we are without sin, then let us cast the first sin or judge another). This will never happen. We must take the plank out of our own eye…before we can judge another.
So to the pastors, I would ask you to consider whether you are asking your congregation to love or to judge others.
P.S. Linda, her current pastor (female) and the associate female pastors all have similar stories of alcoholism and drugs until they found Jesus. We have to distinguish between churches and cults.
Cults seek to find people who desperately need love and to know that they are “on the right track.” What I question is does a person like Linda, have to deny her sexuality in order to find friendship and a community.?