I am fed up with all the negative baloney and hoooahya that is going around at the moment about those bloody gays, war mongering Muslims and other issues that seem to be representative of Christianity.
Christianity is not about rules and regulations. It’s not about making political and social rules for the society in which we live. It’s not about making us look good by vilifying others. Instead – Christianity is about walking in relationship with God, through Jesus Christ who showed us how to live in community with God and each other.
So what if we have refugee’s coming over here from another country. So what if there is same sex marriage happening in other countries. I don’t really care if Australia passes laws which allow same sex marriage…nor do I care if it passes laws that allow same sex people to marry their dog…
With all our rhetoric of how evil those gays are and how evil those Muslims are and the fear mongering that goes on about them…and don’t get me started about how bad the drug addicts, prostitutes and goal birds are… the question I want to know is with all this postulating – how many of these people trust the church enough to come into it and be told the good news that “HEY Guys, Jesus loves you!
Instead, we make enemies of the very people we are supposed to love and tell about God’s passionate love for them. All are made in the image of God. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This means we are all in the same boat… no one has moral superiority.
I don’t care how many Muslim people come here to Australia… because you know what… we are a safe country for them. We can tell them about Jesus and they can become Christians in relative safety…though for many it still means being ostracised from their family. If it meant showing God’s love would cause some to know Christs love – I will gladly walk down the street with gays in the mardi gra, sit with someone who was dying of aids, counsel and talk with someone (which I have done) as they poor out their grief and pain from the death of a loved one…even though they did happen to be same sex.
Just as Christ is the one who deals with our own sinfulness….why, why, oh! why do we think that we can regulate with rules, societal laws the sinfulness of others….
I am proud to fellowship at a church full of sinners…for like Paul said – “I am the chief of them” It’s not rules and regulations that change our hearts! Its from the love, grace, mercy, dignity and respect that comes about from the love we have received from God through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that we receive through Christ – that is what changes hearts.
Ok…off my soap box now… wiping the sweat of my brow…