I’m watching the coverage unfold with my 12 year old son. His face bears the same disappointment I am feeling in my heart.
It seems like the battle has officially been lost. One that I have never really understood in the first place. We rally on the streets and preach from the pulpits.
With every word and action, the division in this issue has left a gap impossible to bridge. More than anything, I want my son to stand for whom he believes. However, I want him to do so from a place of dignity and love as opposed to disrespect and judgment.
Because I know behind sin stands a story of brokenness.
And in brokenness, hope can take root and grow.
After posting John 3:16 to my facebook wall, I avoid social media. The battle still looms. The words from both sides are strong. Above all else, I will take a stand.
But to what cost? Who is left to pay the price?
For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whoever should believe in him would not perish but have eternal life.
In this time of confusion, I still choose Jesus of Nazareth. Why?
Because I am a sinner. No one is without sin. Not one, the bible says. The only person I can change is me. No matter what I say on facebook. No matter what I post on this blog, I can only change me.
I believe God is still in the business of healing. Who paid the price? His son, Jesus, who was sent to die for my sin before I ever had chance to walk this earth. No prerequisites. Merely a choice to believe that I can’t pay the price for sin on my own.
I can’t hold a nonbeliever to the same standards I follow. Nor can I influence their choices without relationship. Love covers a multitude of sin.
When I lovingly confront one who I build relationship with, they see my heart in place of my hypocrisy.
I know that judgement from the church can bring more pain than promise.
No matter how big the divide, Jesus is bigger. He came to fill the divide. He came to bridge the gaps. Even when it feels like I’m losing the battle, Christ has promised victory in the war.
“I urge ,then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness.
1 Timothy 2: 1-2