|Loving God Loving your body|
Gen 1:21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
We often see our body as something bad when God sees creation including our bodies as something beatiful.
After the fall at the Garden of Eden, religion seems to have a big part in dictating what is bad, and putting on the covering for our naked bodies to hide.
We often do not see what is good, for the fall has made us sin conscious with a spirit of condemnation and gays has borned the brunt of what is considered wrong by people of faith. At the Garden of Eden, our body created by God but seen as shameful to us was covered. At the Cross of Calvary, the body of God was exposed, naked at the Cross broken for us.
In Communion, we are reminded of the body of Christ broken for us, for the justification of our sin consciousness, thus bringing us back to uncover the beauty of our bodies, the beauty of God's creation, and the hope for a new body free from corruption and decay.
There has been an ongoing effort to distort the image of God in humanity by forces of darkness. We do all sorts of harm to ourselves in the name of religion and the demonic spirits knew well to distort the image of God's creation. In the bible, we see babies thrown into the fire to be sacrificed to the demonic and spiritual powers, and the popular religious cult of Cybel in the Roman period where sex became the conduit for demon possession. Hence, the body became occupied by the demonic forces and considered the realm of the unclean.
As Christians, we worship Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit of God to dwell within and amongst us for our bodies have been made righteous when we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
God intended the body to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and not a temple of the demonic principalities of the other deities. When we love God by worshiping Jesus, we invite Jesus into our hearts, into our bodies. When we connect to our bodies, we are connecting to Christ within through the Holy Spirit of God.
We can't connect to our body when we reject the innate such as our sexual orientation, hence many gay Christians have had difficulty to "find" God for we have put God in a closet together with our body, whilst we become roaming Spirits!
When we appreciate, respect and honor our body as God's wonderful creation, we begin to connect with the identity and nature for which God created us as. Loving God is loving and connecting to our body for which God has created beautifully including our innate sexual orientation.
Ps 139:1 You
have searched me,
When we truly love God, we begin to love our body. God saw our being, our body in mother's womb. We were, even before we were born in God's precious sight. The rights of the mum to the body were not mentioned, for God saw the baby in the womb as an individual being, beautiful and precious in His sight.
We are connected to our body in who we are - straight, gay, male, female, our character, our spirit and soul intertwined within this body. We are interconnected, our Spirit, Soul and body, and when we reject our innate sexuality, we loose that connection between our soul with our body. We exist, but we don't live.
When we try to separate our "heart" from our body due to religious pressure to be who we are not, it is self denial, and slowly our "heart" dies and we become a liveless body. The condemnation of the people of faith against gays have resulted in a disconnection in many that at the end, the real person within dies.
Our communion with God comes from our "heart", from the deepest part of our being, the Spirit within, who we are when no one is looking - merged and interlinked to our body whether we are straight or gay, male or female. The body is an intrinsic part of our character and being, if snatched away would leave us liveless and without connection. We are only whole when we accept ourselves as beautifully created.
When we truly love God, we would see our body as beautiful, for the body is a gift and along with it our sexuality, character, and life itself. Our days before God is a gift to be lived out in freedom not to be caged in a closet of self condemnation,
Ps 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Who are we to reject ourselves - when God sees our entire being beautifully including our sexuality. He longs to fellowship and commune with us, with our whole body not just our intellect alone but our body and spirit.
Our theologians tried to understand God, but for Christians, God is no longer an empty void or based on the experiences of the Hebrews or early Christians. He came in the body - Jesus, the Word of God, the very essence and being of God incarnated into the body. He didn't reject the body as some of us do, but embraced it as part of the divine. His body was not tainted by sin being of virgin birth hence separated from the curse of the 1st Adam. He now put the Spirit of God in our hearts, in our body made righteous by His blood.
In Christ's resurrection, ushering in the coming in of the Holy Spirit upon many, the incarnation of God came upon us as the Holy Spirit dwells within our hearts and body. Spirituality calls for the practise of the presence of God, the presence of the Holy which surely can only be embraced if we first connect to our core being, our body itself.
When we begin connect to ourselves, to our body, we become who God created us as with all its potential and power. It is freedom to be who God created us wonderfully. When we accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, the Gospel message becomes complete as we open the gate of our soul to our own being and body, and to the God of creation who created us as wonderful and beautiful.
One day, we will return to heaven and have a new body, for our old body decays but our new body in heaven will live forever for Christ has gone before us as the second Adam. Let us accept ourselves, our whole being, for we are made to worship God with our entire being - Spirit, soul and body. Let us have the freedom to rise above the closets that people of faith has put us in so that we can embrace the God of our creation hence embracing our eternal destiny.
When we love God, we will love our body embracing His gift of life in all that we are that the Holy Spirit may dwell and commune with us. When we are connected to our body including our sexuality, we can then connect with the Holy Spirit residing within the temple of our body.
I like the song "Jesus Loves me this I know", for Jesus loves me including my body and this I know.