The Bible declares several objects as metaphors of Jesus’ inner nature. For example, Jesus is “living water” and “the bread of life.” I have additionally found Jesus to be like the “sun.” Allow me to explain.
I live just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado — a city often rated as…
I am united to Jesus and want to love all others in His selfless way. I fail repeatedly. However, recently, I read about how Jesus warned against “Bible experts” who oppress Jesus’ followers. Here is what I learned.
Justice and righteousness are a huge deal to God. The concept of…
“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a 30-minute television show that captivated young audiences in America from 1968–2001 (33 years!). True enough. I well remember my son being mesmerized in watching this kind, mild-demeanor celebrity. And each day, Mister Rogers taught obvious truths to every child and a mystery to many adults.
Ever since I universally came out as gay, I have been increasingly experiencing compassion and supplying mercy. I notice the marginalized — even at the Happiest Place on Earth. And this event was unforgettable!
Jesus is quoted as being against two types of sexual activity (“adultery” and “sexual immorality”). These sexual infractions apply to straights and gays alike. But how did the original audiences understand the meaning of these two terms? And Jesus is shockingly silent on all other sexual activity.
Jesus emphasizes love and justice for the marginalized
Love trumps holiness.
Jesus did not declare that the greatest command of all is to be holy. Nor did Jesus say, “A new command I leave with you: obey the Bible’s commands.”
Jesus did say, “Woe to you Pharisees [those who think they are holier than others]; you neglect justice and the love of God.”
Jesus did say, “Woe to you Bible experts because you load people with burdens — and you will not lift one finger to help them.”
Finally, Jesus states, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” When you hear that declaration, do you feel guilty because you have not obeyed all sexual holiness laws? Instead, do you feel motivated to love and provide justice to all LGBTQ+ people (and every kind of marginalized person)?