Let me begin by saying that I know this title and image are going to put people on the defensive immediately, but that is all part of the plan. Please take the time to grab some coffee, or whatever beverage you prefer and sit back and listen intently on what I’m about to say. This could mean an eternal difference for someone someday.
Before I begin making my point(s), let me first say that this is what I believe God has been working on my heart with. This isn’t a response to anyone or any specific conversation, but is a response to how the Holy Spirit is actively working out my own salvation (with fear and trembling). I’m sure you are hoping that I get to the point quickly. Perhaps because you have somewhere to be and the title of the article seemed relevant to today’s news or because you are looking for data and facts about the subject. Perhaps it’s because you know of someone who is an ally or part of the LGTB community. This is indeed a complex topic with real-life people involved on all sides of the debate. That’s not what I want to talk about here though.
Today’s focus is about people. More specifically, it’s about God’s people and His message of the Gospel to ALL people, regardless of their sexual orientation. Now I will openly disagree with Tony Campolo’s recent acceptance of “gay marriage” and will gladly sit down with whomever to make my biblically-based points, but will NOT engage in the passive-aggressive banter that comes with social media. The focus is about real people, with real emotions and hearts that desire to be loved and belong. I KNOW, that only Jesus Christ can bring complete healing or give life-long strength to endure our desires of the sinful flesh. I have my own sinful leanings toward other areas of my life that are deserving of God’s judgement and wrath. So what are we as a fallen people to do with our sinful flesh?
Looking at what God tells His people in 2 Corinthians 5:20, we are called “Christ’s Ambassadors” and as His ambassadors, He is making His appeal to all people through us. Paul says, “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” This means, do not live as people condemned by their sin, but live as people who are daily forgiven of their rebellion against a holy God and let Christ reconcile you back to Himself. When people who are aware of their sin and perhaps are curious how much sin is too much can see you through daily repentance and renewal, they will begin to see that the power of Christ’s sacrifice is not too weak to remove even the filthiest of sin from a person’s life.
Are we called to be “allies” for people who are different (or the same) as us? Or, are we called to be “Ambassadors of Christ” to all people? Are you reconciled to Christ today? Meaning, have you repented of your sin today? If the answer is no or not yet, then I would encourage you to take the time you do have and trust in Jesus’ mercies as you are being forgiven of the darkness in your life. Even if your neighbor is unaware of this darkness, Christ knows and is not fooled. Be forgiven and known for the glory of God.
May we be bold in the work of the LORD in our lives and may our testimony of Him who saves us be seen to the world around us. We are Christ’s Ambassadors in this life.