Homosexual Christians


Obviously, we live in an age of sexual infatuation.  I will be lecturing next week at Southern on the topic of homosexuality.  Please pray for me because this issue is obviously one that sparks many emotions.  Probably, we have all had to deal with folks struggling with homosexuality.  If not with particular members in our churches, then, certainly, with extended members’ families, we have been faced with the issue of homosexuality.

Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds posted this blog about a year ago which included confessions from a homosexual Christian.  In light of 1 Cor 6:9 and other biblical texts (2 Cor 5:17), I am not comfortable with the concept of a “homosexual” Christian.  Nevertheless, this Christian argues for the church to come alongside and provide love and nurturing for homosexual Christians.  The article is a worthwhile read, but it left me with a few concerns.  I have posted my response to the article below for your consideration.

 doccochran said…

Mike Riccardi, thank you for posting your original post; it was authentic. The questions you raised were my own questions, as I sought to listen lovingly to the comments of this Christian struggling with homosexuality. I kept hearing from 1 Cor. 6, “and such WERE some of you, but you were washed…” I, too, hear the cry for sympathy and companionship. I love the call to the church to be both a safe place and a unit of intimacy in Christ. However, I long for Wesley and others to be free, as Christ says, to make themselves eunuchs for the kingdom. Obviously, I don’t mean this physically, but the claim by Christ that this is a possibility opens new avenues for healing. One can be celibate and completely fulfilled by Christ in the kingdom. The reason for this seems to be, first, that all the intimacy needed is available in Christ, who brings us to the full-orbed relationship of the Trinity, even calling us His bride. What could be more intimate than being the bride? Second, the gospel alive in us allows us–whether male or female–to bear fruit for the kingdom. Third, the eternal promise of Christ to never leave us nor forsake us offers us great strength with which to fight off the temptation to loneliness. Here were at least 3 themes I was longing to hear in the article.

3/10/2009 10:24:00 PM  

In a Day’s Work


Admittedly, today has not been a typical day. But it has not been atypical either.  An elderly woman in our congregation passed away.  That doesn’t happen every day, but it does happen.  Here is how it happened.

 

I have been very busy with academic work lately and have had to neglect other things.  This seems to me one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of the pastor’s job.  Any time you are putting your hands to the plow and doing one work, you are neglecting another.  Not just another work, you are neglecting other people.  There are always people who could use prayer, encouragement, and a word in season.  Such was the case today for me.

 

Having been swamped with other responsibilities this week, I was waiting anxiously for Thursday to come.  Thursday had the promise of being a catching up day.  First, I planned to catch up on yard work, both because some sweat of the brow was needed and because my dear wife grows more anxious about snake infestation each time the grass grows an inch.  After mowing and weed-eating the lawn, I planned to make visits during the afternoon.  I have especially been longing to do this because it is so vital to the pastor’s function, and I miss it when I go a while between visits.  Today, I was planning to visit Dorothy.

 

But Dorothy didn’t make it to the afternoon.  She died this morning.  I hate that things have worked out this way.  I grieve at the missed opportunity, but I am not writing to expunge guilt or defend my decision to mow this morning and visit in the afternoon.  Anyone could look at the situation now and say I should have chosen differently.  No one is doing that.  The family is gracious.  I am not writing to make any excuses or defend any decisions or actions.

 

I am writing because this is the life of the pastor.  Plan and discipline yourself for godliness and for effective stewardship; still, know that the Lord Himself is God.  It is He who has made us and not we ourselves.  We are His people.  Days like today force us to take refuge in Him alone.  We must believe that His ways are higher than our ways.  We must believe that He works all things after the counsel of His own will.  He does not take his cue from our whims and presumptions.  He does as He pleases.  Even more, His plan is good.  Romans 8 says that if God is willing to give His own Son for us, then He will freely give us all things.  He will work all out for our good.  So, do we trust Him?

 

I wanted to visit Dorothy today.  I didn’t have to visit her.  You want to visit your people.  You want to be a minister to them.  I, in fact, prayed last night that I would be able to minister to this family.  So, today, I can trust that God will honor that prayer.  It would assuredly please Him for me to minister grace to this family in their need.  But can I still trust Him when he called her home before I reached her bed?  He called her home while I mowed my lawn.  What does this say about God?  He works all things after the counsel of His will.  I encourage you to believe with me that it is a good thing to keep this great truth in mind concerning our great God.