Dave is on a bit of a controvercial kick this week.
You will note that I have not quoted specific scripture here, but, I have given specific references to several scriptures in this writing. I’m hoping that my readers will permit God’s Holy Spirit to enlighten their thoughts.
It is not enough for any person who declares themselves a Christian to simply state this fact. It is not enough for any Christian, to simply declare their belief by faith that they follow Christ and His teachings, trying to lead a Christian lifestyle. It is not enough for any Christian to say, I go to church every Sunday, and I pay my tithe, as God has commanded.
We are not or we should not be sleep-walking in our journey back to Our Father and heaven. We do not and must not be seeking the narrow path, with a huge wedge of wood in one eye. We as Christians, have a perilous path to trod, in order to get to where we need to go, and there are unforseen obsticles along the path which we must be able to discern, and decide whether or not they should be avoided or not.
In an earlier article I addressed homosexuals as members of the Church of Christ. It’s time to reheat our Christian Soup. Jesus does not like or appreciate "Luke Warmness", nor "Coldness". It is time to remove the lids from our Christian soup pots and give them a good stirring to get all the goodness settled on the bottom of the pot stirred up, shaking up the flavors. It’s time also to add a little "Salt" for seasoning, after all Jesus does not like things that are bland. "We are the salt."
Over the past 52 years, since I began to really want to know My Father God, and My Brother Jesus, I have found myself asking myself these two questions thousands of times. Over the past 4 years of this time, since I have become active in evangelizing for God, I have found myself asking myself these questions again and again in a more frequent timing, and this happens to be one of those times.
As Christians, by our faith we know and we believe that God is spirit, and, since we are created in God’s image, we are spirit beings too. This being truth then when God sees us, God sees us in spirit and not in our flesh. As Christians, by our faith we believe that God is Love. As Christians, by our faith we believe that God indwells through the Holy Spirit each of us, and that our hearts and minds are a spiritual temple for God.
A scenario crept into my mind, based upon these uncontrovercial beliefs and along with this scenario came those questions. Let’s call our scenario subject Mike.
Mike is 24 years old.Mike, since his mid-teen years has felt trapped. Mike is a man, but for all intents and purpose Mike feel that he is more feminine than masculine. Mike knows about God and Jesus, knows on some level that God works in his life, but Mike never involved himself with any church or any religious denomination. Mike prays in his own way, thanking God for all the goodness that is in his life.
Mike decided that he would undergo the necessary Psyco-therapy and operations to become a woman believing that he would begin to feel much better about himself and his life if he did. After a year or so of Psyco-therapy, and several surgical procedures, Mike is now Michelle, a beautiful and confident 26 year old woman and is psycologically ajusted to her new life and feeling happy and content with her decision.
Michelle decides that she is so happy that she wants to try and find a way to give thanks for her new found looks, and feelings and comes up with the idea that since she has a good singing voice, she might start attending church, and join if possible and if welcomed, join the church choir.
Michelle approaches the pastor of a nearby Baptist Church and confesses in confidence, her physical change and expresses her desire to join the church choir, to sing in worship to Almighty God as thanks for her happiness, and suggests a willingness to become a member of the church too. Granted this is a hypothetical scenario, but it could happen in any church at any time.
Since God and Jesus, are spirit and spiritual in nature, Since God and Jesus are mostly concerned with us as spirit, and our spirituality, Since God and Jesus are love, pure love, We are expected to be able to deal with something like this in a mature, Christian way, but to do this we must ask ourselves the following questions.
What would Jesus say?
What would Jesus think?
How do you think Jesus would react to a person like Michelle?
Our answers could determine How Jesus might respond to us on the day we stand before Him. God teaches us to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Therefore Michelle or any person like Michelle should be welcomed both into the church congregation as well as the choir and treated as any other member. As Christians we should be able to look past the outward person and see the person within.
I will leave you with two scriptural reference.
MATTHEW: 7: 1;
"Judge not lest ye be judged."
JOHN: 8: 7;
"He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her."