(-- "Should I Accept My Child's Orientation?"...
In one of His teachings to the disciples, Jesus tells the parable
of the lost sheep. "If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one
of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on
the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And
if He finds it, truly I tell you, He rejoices over it more than
over the ninety-nine that never went astray." (Matthew 18:12-13)
To me, this made clear that God would leave the ninety-nine that
know His love to find the one that feels separated from Him. Who
better fits this category than gay people? Society has branded
them as unworthy of God's love. Only in our minds can we separate
ourselves from God's love. For in reality, separation from God
is impossible. The sign over the door to the home of famed psychologist
Carl Jung said it best, "Bidden or not bidden, God is present."
My favorite story in the Bible is about the adulterous woman
brought before Jesus. It is my favorite because, to me, it illustrates
two important concepts about God's nature. The first is God's
unending capacity to love and forgive and the other is that judgment
is God's domain, not mine.
If you recall in that story, the church elders stated, "Teacher,
this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what
do you say?" (John 8:4-5)
Jesus knew the scriptures of which they spoke. In Leviticus 20:10
it states: "If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor,
both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death."
To the surprise of all, Jesus blatantly violates the scripture
by stating, "Let anyone among you who is without sin, cast the
first stone." One by one they left, beginning with the Elders.
Jesus asks of the adulterer, " Woman, where are they? Has no one
condemned you?" And Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you."
(John 8:7-11) How powerful and beautiful is this statement.
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