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Why would we? – Not accepting sin as normality

September 17th, 2009 by Fr. Vasile

Jesus did NOTaffirmed a gay couple!Anyone that drives on some of the major highways in DFW can see a number of bilboards carrying the logo: Would Jesus discriminate?/Why would we. The astonishing thing however that almost made me loose control of the vehicle is the big picture of Christ along with the words Jesus affirmed a gay couple. I quickly recalled my New Testament studies and could not remember anything like this. Then I noticed in small print under the slogan: Mathew 8:5-1.

If you would make the effort and look it up in the Bible you will see that this is what we call the Gospel of the Healing of the servant of the centurion we read in the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. But what this has to do with affirming a gay couple? If you dwelve more into this hidden agenda trap and you actually go on their website to look it up you find out that their claim is in short that the centurions servant was in fact his love slave/boy and Jesus Christ by healing the servant supposedly affirmed their liaison. This is so preposterous that I am not going to refute this here but here is a link with a comprehensive Christian answer.

Still in dismay I wondered who can be behind this whole deviate propaganda and found out without surprise that the billboard campaign is the work of the local chapters of the  Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) the same organization that performed the first same sex marriage in 1969.  The MCC is a libertarian Church and promotes what is called queer theology if such term even makes sense.

Queer theology is supposed to be a new (1990s) branch of protestant theology that concerns with the relationship between gay and lesbian individuals and God.  Using a deconstructive argumentation its main  focus point is to refute any traditional idea that might point to homosexuality as sin.

According to David B. Allison deconstruction signifies a project of critical thought whose task is to locate and take apart those concepts which serve as the axioms or rules for a period of thought

That is exactly what queer theology is doing looking at essential texts for Christianity taking them apart removing or changing the context and creating new interpretations or better a new reality that fits whatever agenda they are holding dear.

Tolerance is one thing we all agree on that but in fact the motor  behind all this efforts is the legitimization (not just tolerance) of homosexuality. As Christians we are called not to judge the sinner but to condemn the sin. One can understand that someone May have fallen into sin and show compassion and acceptance but one cannot accept sin and treat it as normality.

The Bible wisely advises:

Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven;(Luk 6:37)

But also explains that:

God has done what the law weakened by the flesh could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and to deal with sin he condemned sin in the flesh.(Rom 8:3)

If we follow Christ we should also condemn sin and fight against it with faith patience love perseverance but working to resist  our passions and temptations not let them kill our soul.

Therefore do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies to make you obey their passions. (Rom 6:1)

The main problem however is the Western culture has a very juridical understanding of sin with deep roots in the Catholic/Prothestant theology: I sin when I break the law. In the Eastern orthodox theology sin is considered more than a law-defying act it is first of all described as missing  the target and therefore becomes an existential failure more than anything else. The difference is that in a juridical understanding all you can do is punish the trespasser while if you understand sin as a failure and a consequence of our fallen nature one should always attempt to cure sin and not judge or outcast the sinner.

As long as the society confines sin in a legalistic mindset it will always be in conflict with the libertarian agenda because it will always try to weed out the sinner together with the sin. If we could  think of sin as a  disease however we May be able to see that the only place for the cure could be found in the Christs Church that seeks to help the sinner: exterminate the disease but save the patient.

Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Jehovah. Is it not that he should turn from his ways and live? (Eze 18:2)

The problem arises when the patient does not understand his disease doesnt even wants to accept he is sick and unshamingly calls out tolerance and love so everybody else will proclaim his weakness as normality

For fools speak folly and their minds plot iniquity: to practise ungodliness to utter error concerning the LORD to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied and to deprive the thirsty of drink. (Isa 3:6)

This is not a matter of discrimination but a gross misunderstanding of the Christian life.  God indeed loves the greatest sinner more than the greatest of the saints could love God; this however does not mean He endorses sin; the love of God is not a license to do whatever you want but a responsibility to be permanently alert and reject out of our lives anything that May lead us astray from the right path.

Jesus did not discriminate we should do the same but with responsability and resting on solid theological background; keeping the faith not changing it; loving the sinner yet condemning sin.

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  • Time and again I am enlightened by these wonderful articles expressing love and acceptance by authors I know in my heart are seeking to follow the true teachings of Christ. I am not of the Orthodox faith myself but it is comforting nonetheless to read perspectives that remind me that the word of the Lord cannot be for naught and that anyone who will seek the guidance of the scriptures–not just read but search them contemplate them and pray while studying them will be led to the same eternal truths.

    May the Lord continue to bless you in your good works.

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