Jun 28 2015
Right this moment, Saturday night in the U.S., there are millions and millions of straight people in cities all over our country getting stoned, drunk, and high. They’re having sex with people they barely know and redefining new boundaries of debauchery. No Christian posts about that in my Facebook newsfeed.
Right this moment, there are more than a billion people (greater than 3x the population of the U.S.) living each day on less than $1.25 – the cost of a soda. So few Christians in my Facebook newsfeed ever protesting THIS grave injustice. And, those who do, with nothing near the disgust I see now.
Christians are angry because the White House is lit up with a rainbow but I don’t see many Christians in my Facebook newsfeed angry that our inner city communities are lit up with violence and that black men are dying and incarcerated at ghastly, inhumane levels.
The bible explicitly forbids divorce except in cases of abuse and abandonment. It calls re-marriage adultery. Period. Don’t see any of us Christians up in arms about that.
Make no mistake about it. God is mourning and sad. Because SO MUCH IS WHACK. Let’s not hyper-focus on gay marriage! The bible mentions homosexuality a grand total of seven times. It talks of justice more than 200 times. It speaks of the poor more than 300.
If we really cared about God, we’d care about these things with the passion being displayed against gay marriage. Let’s not drag God into this. The truth: most of us have had our personal sensibilities offended. We just think it’s gross for two people of the same sex to kiss, much less get married. We show by our words, energy, and action that we care very little about what God cares about. Myself included. Knowing facts doesn’t make me any less guilty.
Perhaps our great sin is that we don’t know God very well. We don’t know what cuts him up. So we make God in our image and say he’s crushed by gay marriage. Maybe he is. But I’m CERTAIN he’s crushed by the debauchery and sin and poverty and injustice of our world. He tells us over and over and over again in the bible. But we rarely read our bibles anymore so how would we know that?
Brothers and sisters! Brothers and sisters…. The problem is not “out there.” It’s “in here.” In all our hearts. WE’RE WHACK!! We don’t know God well. We barely know our own selves.
OH GOD! Have mercy on us – sinners. Let us walk humbly with you. Let us do justice. Make us like you. Please, Lord!