Homosexuality, Sin, and the gay innocent lost sheep
In a fast food outlet in late evening somewhere in Singapore, a group of guys were having dinner just after 3 hours of exercise at the nearby sports hall. They ranged from early 20s to mid 30s, all from the “Gay” sports group. They shared about their lives, their work. You would not have known that they were Gays. For they looked, behaved and talked so normal. On religion, there was a deep silence. For them, their world was far worst off having religion. These were good people, decent, kind, friendly, caring, lovable, gentle, innocent, and humble. You would not see them at pubs, discos, prostitute dens, gambling dens, drunken orgies or with rowdy crowds. But they were Gays, and I suppose for the Church this is the greatest sin that matters most. What would Jesus have said?
Could it be that the only sin that Jesus would ever condemned them will be that they did not believed in Him. In Mat 18, the disciples asked Jesus to tell them which one of them would be the greatest in the Kingdom of God. Jesus answered that everyone is the greatest, because there is only one class in heaven – those who humbled themselves like little children to admit that they need God, hence now exalted in this kingdom. This was a gentle rebuke of the disciples who were so proud to even asked this audacious question. But the scene quickly changed. Perhaps Jesus was telling His disciples not to consider themselves too highly for what if the little children represented those who were innocent yet will be despised by the church. Would the disciples likewise have rejected this innocent children?
Who were this innocent people? The innocent child represents the people who have not been received by the church even though they desire to know Jesus but wrongly condemned. They stood as a stranger at the gates, knocking. But no one received them. Could they be Gays? Gays are accused of being sinners just because they are Gays even though they were born that way. Could Jesus be referring to them as the innocent children? Speaking to the disciples and though seeing into the future the many leaders of the Christian Church, Jesus was so disturbed when he saw how the innocent children (perhaps Gays) who wanted to believe Jesus but rejected Him because the Church had caused them to despise God. The actions by christians to mislead and despise these little ones so that they fell into the sin of rejecting Jesus were so awful that they seemingly deserved capital punishment.
In our society, we have reserved the death penalty for the worst kinds of crime. The rejection of the innocent child (i.e. Gays) appears to be a very major sin because it caused innocent people groups to unnecessarily reject Christ. Jesus was so angered that he conveyed an incredible description of how awful such actions were. We have used our hands to persecute Gays and our eyes to see and judged them. Jesus remarked that perhaps we should even not have them as not to cause the little innocent ones (i.e. Gays) not to believe in Jesus.
Jesus is warning us not to despise gays, and that the greatest sin perhaps is to look down upon Gays. Their cries go up to the very throne room of God. The Church has been using Gays as scapegoat against immorality, sin, and judgment from God, making up stories of a Gay agenda and treat to families, and to marriage, in order to seek for funds and publicity to grow their own organization at the expense of Gays. Gays are so ill treated that even their angels are saddened and would come before God to complain about the injustice being given.
And God will listen to the complaints for Jesus came to die for such people who wanted to know God, and who sought God knowing that they are lost. They could not find God, because the Church has misrepresented Jesus to this people. Gays may not be many in numbers, but God’s heart is for them because they are wrongly accused and misled about God. Jesus loves them but yet they only see the cruel and unjust criticism and hypocritical face of Christians.
God’s heart is for the Lost Sheep, for Gays. There will be special grace and great rejoicing in the kingdom of God when GLBTs know that Jesus loves them. God’s will is not for Gays to become straight but that each of them should know Him, their Father in heaven. Their sin is not receiving Jesus. Their sin has nothing to do with Homosexuality which the church has been so utterly obsessed with.
On the following Sunday, a small group of Gay Christians sang ‘Jesus Loves me this I know’, whilst outside the safe four walls of the church there arose every single unimaginable condemnation by Christians against this group of innocent children, with forums even specially set up to denounced Gays. There is talk of Gays being thrown out of bible seminaries.
In the midst of their crying and declaration of their faith that Jesus loves them in spite of the circumstances, Jesus was seemingly there in their midst carrying a lost Sheep with a shepherd staff. He was with His 'lost' sheep. There were tears in eyes of many of the gay christians because God loved them so much that he would specially go out to look for them and have exalted them even higher that the rest of the 99 sheep who were not ‘lost’. The Christian Church has not received Gays. If only they had, they would have received much more of Jesus for Jesus said that whoever who receives these little ones receives Him as well. As the hymn arose from this church, the lamb of God, Jesus Christ, arose to give a very big hug to each of His Lost sheep .... but His heart ached because there are so many others outside still lost. He desired that none of these should perish.
As they continued on what seemingly a song that resounded through eternity ... Jesus rejoiced as His lost sheep have finally started to return home to the pastures green where they can rest and not be persecuted. And as they sang "Jesus loves me this I know", God hugged them tightly saying that "I will never leave you nor forsake you". You are now safe.
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.