June 25, 2015
The day literally no one was surprised. The day our money still plainly stated “In God We Trust” while our White House looked like this:
This is the world we find ourselves in. Despite what God’s word, and nature, clearly indicate is the loving and purposeful design for sexual relationships, a line has now been drawn in the sand and many of us are shocked to find ourselves standing on the “wrong” side, as far as our society is concerned. What is our response?
First, we need to settle something: homosexuality no more put Jesus on the cross than did that little white lie you told this morning (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). All sin is idolatry and a heart issue (Jer 17:9). And Jesus died for all sin. Yes and amen!
So how should we respond? I know it is 1990s cliché to ask What Would Jesus do? (Raise your hand if you still have your WWJD bracelet!), but He is our barometer for truth and love so it still applies. I opened my Bible to John 8 to refresh myself on the story of the woman caught in adultery, because that seemed like the best interaction we get to see between Jesus and someone caught up in sexual sin.
2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
I have read this story countless times. I have been taught “don’t throw rocks.” I have visited this many a time as a reminder of Jesus’s crazy undeserved forgiveness and love toward the repentant. But I have never seen what I saw that day. The answer to “how should I respond?” was right in front of me, and it was ironically in the actions of the Pharisees and the scribes. Look at verses 3 and 4 again. Do you see what I see? Do you see what they did?? While their intentions were evil and they likely set this poor woman up to be caught (my own interpretation), they caught her in her sin, and then they BROUGHT HER TO JESUS!
That is the answer, my friends! For every person and every sin. We can’t change the sinner (because we’re all a bunch of sinners ourselves), but we can lead them to the One who can. Remember, His kindness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), so our love should lead them to Him.
While no one was surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision, let it be our prayer that they would be surprised by our response. Let us catch fellow sinners off-guard with our love!