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Love is Greater than Fear

All the energy and time spent by some “conservative Christians” focusing on “homosexual practice” is antithetical to the life, death and resurrection of the One we call Christ.

There are many things Jesus asks of us as Kingdom builders, but sexual policing is not one.  I sincerely hope everyone who is called to the life of Christian witness and service can direct their passion for God by talking and doing what Jesus explicitly asks of us such as clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, visiting the imprisoned and welcoming the stranger.

It is a challenging message to hear, and an even harder message to live. In revealing the true nature of God – love – unearned, unqualified, unending love  – our Jesus brought down the deadly wrath of the sanctimonious, legalistic religious elite who plotted with powers of the state to execute what they feared the most, Love. What’s so scary about Love?  Those who lust after power use fear to control. And as we’ve heard, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” 1 John 4:18

Let us have compassion for those who are obsessed with the sexuality of other people, for in their obsession, there is deep fear masquerading as faith. Behind that fear is a complex and disturbed psychology about sex – often about one’s own sexuality – in the shadow of the church’s longstanding, perverse need to control people through fear. My heart aches for those bound by this fear and whatever in their personal journey has festered into egregiously negative obsession and about what other people do with their bodies. I pray that all who are enslaved by fear may truly hear the message of the One who came to show us God’s radical love and preferential option for Freedom.

So too, let those of us who can, work tirelessly to be a balm for those wounded by misrepresentations of the Good News of Jesus. Let us speak of God’s love in which there is there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Oh Lord
In a culture that is
In love with fear
And afraid of love

We pray,
Be not afraid

For those
With closed minds
and plugged ears
Shouting “Be afraid!”

We pray,
Be not afraid

For those
With hardened hearts
And clenched fists
Spitting “Be very afraid.”

We pray,
Be not afraid

For those
with open wounds
and tear-streaked souls
Crying “I am afraid.”

We pray,
Be not afraid

For God has
Freed us from fear
And opened us to a love
That leads to abundant life

Through the
birth, life, teaching,
death and redeeming love
of Jesus who said;

Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you.
I do not give to you
as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled;
do not be afraid.

Amen

 

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