Randy Thomas has written a post about Jennifer Knapp, the Christian singer-songwriter who has recently come out as gay. What struck me about his post is this quote:
Later I thought about this person saying Jennifer was offending a Holy God. That irritated me at the time and didn’t quite know what to say without getting upset. So I was silent in the conversation but I wished I had said that instead of God manifesting in all His glowing glory and declaring how offended He is, He manifested as Jesus Christ. He didn’t cross His golden robed arms, roll His heavenly focused eyes and snarkily guffaw a lightning bolt out of His mouth to express his offense. A tortured, grieving Jesus willingly outstretched His arms and was nailed to a cross. As He died, He didn’t lament how badly His Bride, His Church, was treating Him. He asked the Father to forgive us for we know not what we have done.If anyone had a right to abandon everyone who offended him, Jesus was that person. But He didn’t. Instead He paid the highest price possible to forgive us in spite of us.
How easy it is in so many situations to have an ‘us and them’ mindset. I was picked up by someone just this week for unspoken assumptions I’d made which revealed an ‘us and them’ mindset. If we think about the people that Jesus’ condemned, we see that it is most often the Pharisees, those that would have considered themselves to be in the ‘us’ group. Yet, when we point at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at ourselves. Randy’s quote brings us back to the heart of Jesus’ message of love when we think about our interactions with others.