Amidst all the societal tensions between keeping Section 377A Chapter 224, a.k.a criminalizing the sexual intercourse between 2 males, I have seen views from both camps, however I’m not here to make my stand on whether we should keep or repeal it. There has been enough stance on this issue; enough intolerance, anger, label-calling and backlash from both camps. Rather, as a follower of Christ, what should we do? Simply and succinctly said in Matthew 5:16:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
If people don’t see how we as Christians constantly go out and love others instead, we rebuke them, won’t they think that we’re having the “Holier than thou” mentality? As Christians, we are called the elected exiles, elected meaning chosen by God, exiles means to be away from one’s home (Heaven). We are chosen by God, set apart from the world’s view of things. But we are also called to love God and to love others, explicitly stated in Matthew 22:36-39:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
If others do not see our good deeds (in Christ’s name) , how will they give glory to our heavenly Father? If we do not love others, then we would truly conform to the world and we would be contrary to our identity as sons and daughters of God.
I once had a privilege to take a Grabshare ride with a driver alone, I don’t think at that time I was Christian, but while speaking on the topic of religion with the driver, he said something which shook me. He said that he was happy that there are Christians in the world, that there were followers of Christ. Puzzled, I asked him why he said that, and he said that Christians generally love people, and are positive, helpful, slow to anger and to judge. These qualities are in essence what we call Christlike attributes or character.
We are called to love, not only God, but to love others. If the ones which we are to love, do not feel genuine love from us, then something is very wrong. We are called to be the light of the world, just as Christ was the light then.
It is not easy for me to come out like this… I have issues with sin, as everyone does. I was (or am from time to time) deeply entrenched in lustful desires and thoughts, in pornography. I struggle in between the war of the Flesh and the Spirit, I have had thoughts of desires towards other people. I do not know why. If you were thinking: “Eww, disgusting”, Imagine me: How much more do I struggle thinking that this is not right? That I didn’t ask for these thoughts to be birthed in my mind. I do not want these thoughts to be here, yet they exist from time to time, they exist to tempt me to fall back into the sin, they tempt me to fall back into my old ways.
Paul wrote in Galatians 5:17:
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
We all fight sin, we fight against it everyday and it comes in many forms. Just because some sins are more commonly talked about due to their exposed nature, like pornography which leads to lust, doesn’t exclude other sins to be more taboo-ed (like homosexual attraction). This is the reality of the struggle between the Flesh and the Spirit. We will always struggle with sin until our fight is finished, until we are called home to the Lord. On days, when we stumble, it is the redeeming grace of God, the blood of Christ which restores us. Thus, I pray that in our struggles with sin, that the Spirit will continually guide us on the path that is intended, to walk in a manner which is pleasing to God. That when we consciously choose to sin, that the Holy Spirit will interrupt our thoughts and guide us back to resisting sin, because we are no longer bound in chains, we are free from the dominion of sin. We must remember that our identity is found in Christ, that we are children of God, who are followers (disciples) of Christ, and if we are followers of Christ, we should as in Matthew 16:24:
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
To deny the oneself, to love others, to not conform to the standards of the world. We may be born with desires contrary to what is acceptable in God’s eyes, but it doesn’t give us the right to act upon it. What we can do is to continually work towards what is pleasing to God, that is to be more Christlike. To be more loving to the communities around us, be it whether we stand for or against something, we should love them all the same. Genuinely love them.
I pray that Father, that Your will be done on this earth, in accordance with Your wishes. That you lead me to where I can minister best to people who need love the most. I pray that Lord, You use me to be a light to this world of darkness, that I will be able to put down my own inner sins through reliance on You, to not criticize and judge others, but to love them just as how Jesus did when He walked this earth.
May peace be with you all.