We had a long post written up on Jason Collins….and we nixed it. We nixed it because we could spew 10,000 words on the topic and you’d say, “so?”
You see, the world doesn’t need another Christian voice on homosexuality.
What the world needs is silence.
The calm that comes with it. The peace that comes with it. You see there’s power in silence. Nothing is more deafening. Nothing is more powerful. Most people become extremely uncomfortable with silence. Why? Because in silence you are introspective. You look inward because you must. Think of the times you went to your parents to explain something you had done. What was more impactful – the yelling or the pause in thought before speaking? The moment when you saw that your parent’s are truly chewing on what you had done and were going to respond.
Look at the beginning of John 8. The Pharisees and Teachers of the Law bring an adulterer before Jesus and try to trap him with a question. Did he immediately respond? Did he fire back a quick retort?
They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
Jesus was quiet. He kept drawing. I think of this scenario playing out in a way where Jesus looks bored with them. He continues to draw, looks around, then up at the teachers of the law and says with his eyes, “So you lot of sinners brought another sinner to me because somehow her sin is worse?” He then utters a great line – “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
This verse is used in a millon ways, usually as a defense tactic when people do something they don’t want other people to criticize them for, but I don’t think that’s what he meant. I think he meant – “look, you’re all knuckleheads, what makes that knucklehead any worse? You all deserve the same thing.”
It’s not a defense tactic, it’s a statement that paints humanity how it is – broken and looking for a cure. So I say – be silent on issues like this.
Do I mean indefinitely? No. Do I mean never speak out biblical truths and justice? No. I mean – think first. Seek first the word of God, pray for wisdom, search the bible, wear his commandments on your heart so that when you do speak, you speak with love and truth.
The world does not need Christian leaders condemning someone every week. The world does not need Christian leaders condemning other Christian leaders for their condemnations every week. We need Christian leaders that look at each other and say, “You’re broken?! Me too!” It’s time that we not be bogged down in petty discussions. You want to argue that Jason Collins isn’t a petty story, and I’ll show a revolution in Syria, a collapsed building in Bangladesh, and millions of women persecuted throughout the Middle East. The sexuality of a NBA player is so small in comparison to the true issues this world faces.
Jesus spends more time speaking on money then he does homosexuality. But let’s not make this all about that. Let’s make this about the question of where are our priorities? Something we say at work is this – when do we care? This usually comes into play when we are going above and beyond for a customer and doing something out of the norm – overbuying a product, taking full liability of something, giving away perks for sales. When do we care? At what point is what we’re discussing an actual issue and when is it merely noise? When we are among the world, do we point out every flaw? Do we become riled up when we see sin happen? Do we then forget that we ourselves are sinners? Being a Christian doesn’t make you a better human automatically. It means you’re chasing after the better human, hoping that by being caught up in the swirling love of who he is, you can pass on a piece of that love. The love of God isn’t about going to heaven, it isn’t about your wildest dreams coming true. It’s about loving Love itself. You are in love with the full embodiment of Love. You are so in love with it, you want to share that love with others and see that love spark in them and cause them to take that love to the next person. We need to be less like lawyers and more like children that have found a lightning bug. You run to your friends and show them the light, then they pass it along.
We find ourselves too often caught up in discussions we needn’t be caught up in. And while I realize this whole post sounds like the ramblings of youngster bucking the system it’s not. I love the church. I love the communion of saints. I do not love that we too often look more like a political party and less like the island of misfits toys that’s been discovered, loved and set free to show others the same love. We are not a political party. Jesus did not come to establish a hierarchy. He tore apart that hierarchy. When the veil tore in two, so did the idea that God was far off and only obtainable through certain rituals. The torn veil reveals this – God’s spirit is lose and free. It is not retained by a small group of people. It is not boxed in by laws and regulations. It’s free.
Circling back. Silence. When do you need to speak? Why do you need to speak? Are we concerned that if we do not defend Jesus or his truths, no one will? Are we concerned that somehow sinners free in this world will ruin this country? Are we not to expect Jesus and his followers to face trouble in this world? Should we not be silent, seek God, seek his word, then respond? Do we need to add to the noise?
I’m not advocating never speaking out, I’m advocating thoughtful responses full of Christ’s love and not courtroom like retorts laced with our own humanity and pride.