|Making the way straight for the Lamb of God.|
John 1:23 He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” .
Many GLBT churches are uncomfortable about the truth, about the Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.
In a way, the Roman church and her child, the Protestant church has put the entire sins of the church and society upon the small gay community.
Condemnation kills. It is a heavy weight and burden we bear. It makes people see their lives as less than God intended.
GLBT churches offering only an open door to faith will only see a revolving door, because this burden that is continually placed on us can only be discharged by placing on the Lamb of God.
Good works of love does not clean us. Only the cleansing water, the cleansing blood of Jesus will suffice.
It pains me that GLBT churches have such a big revolving door, for we faced the hurting, wounded and the condemned. We offer them band-aid and felt troubled when they leave as if they have taken so much and leave the church.
In truth, we offered them little. People leave because we have nothing to offer except fuzzy love and humanistic spirituality.
The revolving door at many GLBT churches when they are the only inclusive church in many cases in the entire city and even nation should be a point of earnest self reflection and prayer.
We don't need to love more. We don't even need to confess our sins more in our solemn communion. We have to believe that Jesus was and is who He claimed to be - God Himself, and the Lamb of God. We are so self righteous that we do not place our condemnation on the Lamb of God.
The way of the Lord is to empty ourselves and to place our condemnation upon Jesus. It is that simple, nothing of ourselves and all of Jesus.
The straight churches are so antagonistic of GLBT inclusive churches because they know deep within their hearts that the grace of God is extended to the GLBT community. It is grace that worries Law minded people.
John the Baptist made straight the way of the Lord by declaring that the Messiah was coming, and in pre-empting the ministry of Jesus begin to baptise people, with water signifying the cleansing of sins.
Why did the spiritually hungry and thirsty came from afar to the voice crying in the desert?
Because they were under heavy religious oppression by the Law, and by the religious authorities.
Each morning they would pray the Shema of Israel, of loving God, and loving others. But they failed and felt condemned.
John didn't offer them the way of love? He offered them a lifting of condemnation not because God is a God of love per say, but because the Lamb of God, their Messiah would bear their sins.
Theology is not about venturing into the far left or far right, as if making people uncomfortable makes our non blibical chrisitianity right! Diverse views are more often found in the middle.
Our theology, our study of God is limited and many times speculative. Often it is sterile intellectualism without any emotional faith experiences. For we often worship our intellect and humanistic reasoning rather than listen to the small voice of the Holy Spirit.
Hence, we need to see Christ. John the Baptist was blown away as he saw Jesus and proclaimed:-
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
John didn't offer Himself. He stood down and pointed the way to Jesus Christ.
We are to prepare the way of the Lord, His coming back again.
John the Baptist prepared the way by declaring Jesus, His death and resurrection as the Lamb of God to bear our sins.
Jesus has already died and risen.
We are to prepare the Way of the Lord, which is the return of the Lord to bring us Home to heaven.
Just like Noah, the way of love is to enter the Ark of Jesus Christ, for it is Truth and the Grace of God. It is denial and not of love if we did not proclaim that the flood is coming.
We find ourselves in the desert where hungry Gay people come to seek God! and they will find peace only in Jesus Christ, when they call Him Lord and Saviour. For in Christ, there is no condemnation.
Behold the Lamb of God! Jesus Christ. It is time to put on Christ our pain, sorrow, sufferings, condemnation for He came to bear all that we might live again.
When we place the condemnation that society and the church have placed on us on the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, we are released. We are free to be. The way of salvation is through the cleansing waters of the blood of the Lamb which often GLBT churches do not proclaim.
Behold the Lamb of God, who was and is, and is to come. Come to the Living waters and be cleansed for the Lord is coming back for a church that is not only straight but gay.
Our home is in heaven. Let us prepare the way of the Lord, the way back to a new heaven to come with Jesus Christ at the Throne.