|The Road to Jericho - ignoring facts and Human Realities|
The Christian Post appear to have under reported the news to influence the Christian population in Singapore. They have conveniently "changed" the meaning of the Archbishop's speech:-
We should be mindful that the Anglican Christians in Singapore as reflected in the Christian Post SG do not treat Gays as people and will not give them their humanity and dignity. There is no purpose in starting a dialogue when we bring to the table a narrow and limited view considering gays not as equals and not even human.
We are reminded of how the religious Pharisees treated the Good Samaritan. They labelled them as corrupt, sub-human, and evil, whereas Jesus in the story of the Good Samaritan saw them beyond our labels giving them a human face, and that humanity was more caring and loving that us who professed to be good Christians but ignore the basis tennants of God's love, grace and compassion to humanity.
Gays are the wounded humanity along the journey of our Christian walk. We walk past them ignoring their existence, walking on the other side lest our hands be soiled by simply being on the same side of the walkway. Those of us who are more self righteous will spit on them, for surely they deserved it. We don't see them as a people, as humanity far beyond their sexual orientation, and valued by God as precious and with dignity.
We ignore the factual reality that Gays lived amongsts us and many are good Christians and even Pastors just as the Anglican Church basically ignore the existence of gays in their midsts. They are also our friends, family members, and fellow citizens. It is time for the church to open our eyes to see the wounded Jews on the Road to Jericho, no less wounded by us and now conveniently ignored for the sake of theological correctness.
O Lord send us, your Good Samaritan, send us Jesus Christ Your Son, to heal us of our woundings, our hurts, and our pains and sufferings, for we long your touch of compassion, grace and mercy. We are down and out, broken in every way, rejected and despised by all including your church. Lord have mercy on us, Jesus have mercy on us. Do not walk past us. We bid you come O Lord, our God and Saviour in this long and weary road to our Jericho.
Jericho was also the first cities that the Jews entered into the promised land. The issue and the debate on Homosexuality is our Jericho, its thick walls representing our hardened self righteous and religious hearts unable to hear the cries and sufferings of humanity of the gay tribe. When the walls of Jericho finally come down, perhaps, the wounded Jew along the road to Jericho will have long passed away, just as many Gay people long rejected and kicked out of the church. It is time for the Church in Singapore, to come humbly to the Lord in prayer and reflection, and for forgiveness.Just like the Archbishop of Canterbury, we should be "profoundly sorry". He didn't need to apologize, he was apologizing on our behalf yet we knew it not. There is coming a trumpet of God, the trumpet of the End Times, and when it blows, the walls will come tumbling down, and if we are still insistant on our ways, the walls will just come down on us. God will move on, passed our walls of Jericho.