|Asian Beacon and the Gay Christian|
Acts 10: 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
I finally bought a copy of Malaysia's Asian Beacon in Singapore, the last copy from a Christian bookshop. It's feature article was "My Gay Christian Friend" by Chew Sue Lee.
In the article, Sue Lee talked about a friend called Jack, her former classmate at a Christian college in the US some 10 years ago who has just come out of the closet.
Dismayed that Jack has chosen this "lifestyle of sin", Sue lee generalised that homosexuality is a sin just like any other sin and hope that she can still relate to Jack as a friend and ends up with a disclaimer "may God have mercy on us both".
We are so keen to frame homosexuality as a choice and a lifestlye because deep in our spirit we know that just like heterosexuality, our sexual orientation is innate. Since 1973, even medical sciences has confirmed the anecdotal evidence.
As I was searching for Asian Beacon at the bookstores, the Popular bookstore did an on-line check at the enquiries counter and one of the hits came back to be my web site psa91.com . I smiled, and I told them, not the "right one"!
Perhaps it was the right source and my writing today prophetic to the church. In the Asian Beacon article, Jack needed grace not mercy, but mercy may not be enough for Sue Lee and the church.
It is easy to define homosexuality as against God's laws and therefore a sin, and quickly treat that it is like all other sins needing forgiveness in Christ.
But the basis for considering homosexuality as a sin in the bible was purely set in the context not of same sex orientation but the sexual act between men for the purpose of religious worship. Homosexuality was not in the Ten Commandments, for the sin here was idol worship and not gay sex.
Sex is powerful tool to join the spirit and in this case the demonic spirit of the priest who happened to be male (or a castrated one to become a priest).
The Pharisees were so good in using the sin argument to condemn others as vile sinners that Jesus stood against them to proclaim in John 3:17, 18 -
John 3: 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The Pharisees judged strictly by the letter of the law with no mercy nor mitigating circumstances and context. A poor person may steal a loaf of bread for he was hungry but yet punished severely. Is this sin? can God of the Pharisees be so cruel? Can the God of the Christian church be so cruel to condemn those who were born gay?
Jesus rebuked them to declare that He is not like the Pharisees proclaiming thousand of laws and putting a yoke of burden against those who could never fulfill it all.
Jesus only defined one sin, the sin of unbelief in Him as Lord and the Savior, the truth and life to God. Jesus didn't say it was sin if we break the religious laws summarised by the shema of Yisrael, He said that sin is unbelief in Him and His message of redemption. Hence, Jesus personified God the Messiah.
When we start defining sin, then the measure we use would be the same measure against us. If homosexuality was a sin, why not heterosexuality. We make homosexuality a criminal offense, yet we don't apply the same judgement to abortion, adultery and promiscuity.
But when we go into the Old Testament, and defined sin so strictly against gays, we better follow all the laws 100% without any consideration of the culture and context. Many Chinese Christians like to eat Pork. Do you know that this is strictly a sin?
In fairness, the Asian Beacon article was slightly more merciful than the Christian Post who would never even acknowledge a "gay christian".
The prophetic message to the church in Singapore/Malaysia today comes from Acts 10:15“...Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” ie, it is wrong to call same sex orientation as a sin.
I had hoped that Christian Church in Singapore/Malaysia had continued on their strong anti-gay crusade because they are only securing themselves judgement.
I had no desire for them to confess their sins against gays lest they received God's grace and mercy and escape from judgement due.
And perhaps, there comes a point of no return, where we come to a state of "unforgiven", where we reach the end of grace. But God is infinitely more merciful than me.
Sue Lee mentioned the slippery slope as lifestlye choices of homosexuality, but the real slippery slope is coming for the church.
For the hundred of thousand of gays denied a life, relationship and life, and denied of faith because their innate sexuality is considered a sin by the church will insist that the false witness against them be answered by the church at the highest court of heaven.
The church will answer that they didn't know, but an online search from heaven's portal will reveal that the prophetic voices and warnings are today given to the church and has been sounding louder and louder over the last 50 years.
Since 1973, even the secular scientific/medical world has declared that homosexuality was not a sickness or a disease. Today with much greater information and knowledge, gays are coming out from the closet and no more struggling with their sexual orientation due to the condemnation of the Christian faith.
They are free at last from religion. But is the church free? Sue lee ended her Asian Beacon article calling on God's mercy. But why should there be mercy for those who have caused grave harm, deaths and taken lives away?
It is not that the gay christian community that needed mercy, for there are few left for most are dead skeletons buried in the ground, their faith and their hope for life and relationship destroyed. They are like skeletons, dried up, and whispering in the desert calling for judgement. Their blood cries out.
It is not gays that the church should be worried about for they wouldn't even harm a dead fly! but the sin of unrighteousness and evil has a way of taking away the protective hand of God from the church ....
Why Lord we cried out that those who have committed injustice and taken away our lives, be allowed to continue their acts? Surely, the God of the heavens is a just and righteousness God!
How is the church to answer on judgement day! Perhaps we don't even need to wait that long for the dark clouds are coming soon!
Truly, may God have mercy on us all. It is a time for repentance and turn from our wicked ways and not call "anything impure that God has made clean".