|When the Body of Christ becomes inclusive|
The concept of "the body of Christ", is often used by Gay Christians seeking for dialog with the Mainstream church, and to be part of the church wide activities such as the Festival of Praise, Hillsong Conference, and Love Singapore. In reality, it is the Church that has rejected Gays and Gay Christians and not vice-versa, and duly excommunicated them from the body of Christ. We are a rejected people, longing for acceptance but duly ejected and thrown out. In a reflection of self condemnation, many gay christians have felt unworthy to be considered as part of the Body of Christ.
Our acceptance however is not based on whether the Body of Christ accepts us, but whether Jesus considers us as one of His own. It is more important to be "Church" to the GLBT community that God has set us in, rather than seek acceptance from the wider Church which shall never come.
What constitutes the body of Christ? The body of Christ is not just any church, but a church that acknowledges the headship or the rulership of Jesus Christ. Having Jesus as the Head of the Church, means that we are to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ on Earth. Many churches claim that Christ is the head, but in reality, Jesus is a very hard act to follow, in what He did and did not do. We have taken for granted that just becaue we are a Christian Church, we were somehow to be considered part of the body of Christ without the responsibilities associated with it.
Like the tribes of Israel in the book of Judges, the body of Christ are becoming more disunited where everyone does what they consider right in their own eyes. We are like children divided by new doctrines, interpreting the bible to suit our agenda and plotting new ways to come against the gay community. Maturity comes when we are able to look at our ourselves in the mirror and face the truth that we may not have been following all that Christ has planned for us. Like the children of Israel in the book of judges, we have left many idols in the church and have compromised in our theology. The following have become a snare to the church:-
We become an authentic church not because we have a Cross, or say the Nicene Creed, or have a religious liturgy and long ancient tradition, we become authentic when we chose to follow Christ instead of the ways of this world. Jesus led the way, by His life and ministry on Earth, and His attitude of humility and prayerful reflection.
The pathway to following Christ can be found in the Lord's Prayer,
I have a dream that one day the Body of Christ on Earth will reflect the character of Jesus Christ. It will not come until the church becomes more inclusive, showing God's love, grace and mercy, instead of being so quick to judge and to condemn.When God's Grace extends to the last people group in society, the GLBT community, we would have gone a long way to show that God's unconditional love and the Gospel message extends across the wide separation of culture, race, language, financial status, gender, sexual orientation.