|The story of bathsheba, the story of a wretched church needing grace|
Over the years, there have been a number of names for the Christian Right with regards to their treatment of Gays calling it discrimination, hate crime, inequality, violation of basic human rights, spiritual abuse, injustice, homophobia, hypocrisy, amongst many others. All these have a strong element of factual truth, but how does God see it?
In the story of Bathsheba, David at first actually broke two of the 10 commandments, "you shall not covert your neighbours wife", and "you shall not commit adultery". David saw his neighbours wife bathing and was so attracted that he found out who woman was and had sex with her even bearing a child. Instead of going out to do his duty and job for the season which was to go out to battle against invading armies, David neglected his role, his calling and purpose, got sidetracked and then to cover up his sins arranged Uriah the husband of Bathsheba killed so that David could marry her as she was pregnant. Hence, David committed his third and greatest violation of the Law, "you shall not murder".
The Church of Jesus Christ, is supposed to be in the front line in spiritual battle, and missions to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation, through the Grace of God. We are to battle for souls of men, to battle in prayer seeking God for demonstration of supernatural power to accompany and validate the message of the Gospel and to continue the ministry of Christ. The Holy Spirit is given that the ministry of Christ might be continued, and now exapnded for each Christian now becomes as if Christ to his family, friends and community. However, instead of fighting, we have been seduced for the last 1500 years with Political Power, massive wealth, Religious power and authority, and military strenght. The Anglican Church was created not out of spiritual revival but purely as a power struggle between the King of England and Pope Clement VII when Henry the Eight tried to dump Catherine of Aragon, who had her strong supporters being the aunty of Charles 1 of Spain or more well known as Chales V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. One of the first few laws that Henry, the adulteror and murderer who became the head of the Church of England then instituted Laws against Gays which became the foundation for many of the laws up till todate against the gay community 500 years later. Any notion that the laws against Homosexuality was formed to protect the family, or that we are a conservative society clearly is a denial of facts.
(Zec 8:17 NKJV) Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,' Says the LORD."
The Church has been seduced from doing the ministry of Christ, to become the Anti-Gay champions. The seduction is quite juicy as the Gay community is very small, gentle, passive, non militant, defenceless, and very different. The temptation to highlight our conservative bible interpretations, our righteouness, and Holiness as compared to Gays and their "liberal supporters" makes it much more enticing. We have like King David also resorted to cunning and deliberate plans of crime - by fanning the lie that Gays are a treat to the family, to marriage, and to the general morality of society and the nation. It became such a big issue as to impact the lambeth conference for the last 3 decades, and now possibly causing the split of the Anglican Communion whilst billions do not know Christ as their Saviour, and hundreds of millions in Africa, where the centre of Anglicanism is, suffers from poverty, corruption, crime, diseases. Just like David loitering around whilst He was supossed to go to war, the Church of Jesus Christ acts as if "it has nothing better to do". We have lived in deception and our hearts are living a lie to think that we are doing right when we have committed crimes so hateful to God.
When Nathan confronted David, it was not the 10 commandments that Nathan raised against David. Some have said, that the crimes that David committed could not be atoned by the sacrifice. This is not insightful as the temple sacrifice was meant to attone for transgressions against the law. The issue here is that Nathan saw it not only as a transgression against God's laws which could be atoned through the sacrifice, but rather as an act of incredible evil. In the modern context, we have lived under the Grace of God, but realized not how evil we have been and the extent of God's grace we have made so cheap.
King David could have committed adultery with his concubines, killed his enemies, and still God I believe would not have faulted him. However, his crimes was made so much greater not because he carefully planned it, but because it was great evil. It is a great evil because it highlights the utter selfishness of David's heart. Here you have a King, who could have anything incluidng the best and most beautiful ladies in the nation, and yet would take away the only wife that Urriah had. It was like to rich man who could have everything and yet want more and more, to take away even the little lamb owned by the poor man The little that they had, was taken away by the rich man who had no need whatsoever to do so. There was a mind boggling lack of necessity for the crime to ever be committed against all decency and good.
This is the story of the church, a church which is not doing the ministry of Christ, and distracted into taking away the basic rights of the gay community. Look at the Gay community. They lived in hiding, in loneliness. They have no family - for relationships with the same sex is banned. They have no children to take care of them when they are old. They are despised by the community. Yet, you have here the Church of Jesus Christ, hauling Gays to prisons, and taking away the rights for marriage and for family. You have here the church who have everything, the worship of billions, the wealth of nations, the power of select rulers, and yet not satisfied with all the blessings and grace of God, and even want the very very little that the gay community have and asked for. The sin of the Church goes beyond the 10 commandments and deserves death and compensation four fold to those they have so abuse their rights to authority.
(Psa 51:11 NKJV) Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
At the Lambeth Conference, they have missed the fact that they are under Grace, so great a grace. Their sins and transgressions are so serious that it will require the depth of the sacrifice that Jesus accomplished at the Cross. Without the fullness of God's Grace, there will be no church. Because Jesus died on our behalf, mercy is given and the death that David proclaimed on himself and those who did as he did, would not be upon the church. But there are serious consequences. Just as the first born of David was taken away from him, there is a price to be paid, even up to four fold the harm that we have caused. "Take not thy Holy Spirit" cried King David and today we too should treasure the presence and move of God in our midst and ask for God's forgiveness and grace that we may be able to restore many fold the harm that we have caused, and return back to the Ministry of Christ.
May God have Mercy,
May Christ have Mercy, and be with us
May the Holy Spirit be with us, to renew of hearts again