Jesus was the master at accepting the person, but not condoning their sins. That was one of His specialities! Somehow the Savior and Creator of the world was able to see past the person’s wrongdoing and still interact with them in love.
Yet, somehow we have lost that aspect.
We think that if we support a person or interact with them then we are condoning their sin and OH NO! That is a no no!
But if we are truly meant to live Christ-like lives then aren’t we supposed to model after Him in ALL that we do, not just the things that make us comfortable?For instance, let’s say you had a gay friend who was getting married, but you decided you would not go to the wedding because that would be condoning their sin. Let me pose the question, “What would Jesus ACTUALLY do?” It isn’t the question of what do we THINK He would do, but what would He actually do.
Well it’s rather obvious.
He would be at the wedding.
Let me make it clear, homosexuality and homosexual marriage is clearly against the Bible from the model handed down in Creation, to the Laws in the Old Testament, to the teaching of Jesus, and all the way to the instruction of Paul. Homosexuality is a clear perversion of sexuality found in the Scriptures, make no mistake.See Jesus would be at the wedding. No, He wouldn’t “officiate” it or enable the sin, but He would be there to support His friend.Support His friend.Not His sin.This is hard for a lot of people to understand and grasp because we have this strange mentality that supporting a person means condoning their actions.As long as you are not enabling or supporting the sin you are doing exactly what Jesus did.Don’t believe me?Zaccheus.
Good ole Zaccheus.
We love him in Sunday School! We write songs about this “wee little man,” but did you ever take a moment to think that this “wee little man” was a tax collector and thief.Walk with me.So, Jesus tells Zach to come out of the tree and He was going to come kick it at his house. Well, Zach jumps out of the tree and they are on their way. And, like Jesus said, they kicked it at Zach’s house. So much so that people began to mutter and say, “Would you look at Jesus! He is eating with a sinner!” Then the crazy and unexpected happened! Good ole Zach renounced all of His sin and then goes even farther by saying that He will give everything back and then some!
Jesus never said a word.
Not a peep.
Yet, somehow Zach changed His entire life and I quote, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”Just to add a little more irony to the situation, Zach was a tax collector and thief. So, logically the food Jesus was eating, was bought with money our “wee little man” stole. That adds a twist doesn’t it!We find ourselves in the middle of a culture that is hailing Bruce Jenner as a hero for coming out as Caitlyn Jenner. The Bible is clear on its stance against the entirety of LGBT issues, and it is unwavering. BUT my question to you is simple, what would Jesus say to Caitlyn? Would He condemn him for his sin and throw him to the side, or would He bring him into His arms and say, "I love you."
So what do WE do?
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The Story of Zaccheus
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”