Bridging the Divided

The Happiest Season

There is a sweet, poignant Christmas movie on Hulu called, The Happiest Season. Kristin Stewart and Daniel Levy are both in it, and both are gay in real life. The movie is centered around a young, lesbian couple who travel to one of their parents’ homes for Christmas. Except, the parents weren’t exactly aware of the nature of their daughter’s relationship with Kristin Stewart’s character. Daniel Levy plays the friend of one of the girls. Some may know Daniel and his dad, Eugene from the Netflix series, Schitt’s Creek. Hilarious, if you haven’t tuned in.

As the mother of a gay daughter, I am acutely aware of the polarizing opinions on homosexuality. The church stands in opposition, God didn’t make Adam and Steve, homosexuality is a sin, and all homosexuals are going to Hell. Whatever. I used to be offended by the opinions of others, but now I chalk it up to ignorance. And, I don’t want to stoop to the level of those who preach love but don’t seem to put love into practice. Homosexuals are judged on one aspect of their nature: their sexual orientation. Are heterosexuals judged on their sexual orientation? No, because it’s normal, right? Wrong. Define ‘normal’. Normal is a subjective term. 

Some argue homosexuality is being forced into the mainstream. I appreciate the fact that movies and television programs are bringing gay relationships to the forefront. And why not? Taking sexual orientation out of the equation one will find that homosexuals are every bit as creative, intelligent, talented, loving, and kind as anyone. We need people who see life as a rainbow to bring color to our world, as opposed to black and white and ‘normal’ shades of gray. Again, define normal. 

What has devastated society’s acceptance for centuries is the Bible. The Bible is considered the Word of God, however, man’s opinions are liberally scattered throughout and generally contradict the Spirit of Divine Love. Take, for instance, Galatians 5 and Paul’s teaching to the church at Galatia. In the first part of the chapter, Paul is addressing dissension related to circumcision. He states in verse 12, “I wish the people who are bothering you would go the whole way and castrate themselves!” (The Complete Jewish Bible) A little extreme, wouldn’t you say, not to mention not very loving. Bible enthusiasts would argue Paul was making a point, but would the same be said of me if I said homophobes should all be jailed? For the record, I don’t think that. A little open-mindedness would go a long way.

Paul goes on to say that the whole of the Torah, (The Law) is summed up in one sentence: love your neighbor as yourself. No qualifiers, no separating straight from gay, white from black, Gentile from Jew, just love your neighbor as yourself. That sounds like God talking. What about John 3:16 which reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”? (New International Version) Whoever sounds pretty inclusive to me. I take issue with ‘shall not perish’. We are pure energy and energy cannot be destroyed, so there’s that.

Not convinced? Let’s look at Yeshua (Jesus). From all reports, Yeshua seems to be a pretty decent, all-inclusive kind of guy. Remember when the woman caught in adultery was brought to Yeshua by the community leaders? Stoning was in order according to their laws. What did Yeshua say? “When they kept on questioning him, he (Yeshua) straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’” (New International Version, John 8:7) No one did because no one was without sin. (I’m not a big one on the concept of ‘sin’, but that’s what the scripture says). 

Back to Galatians 5. Paul is trying to make a case for the old nature vs. the new nature when one accepts Yeshua as Lord and Saviour. Fair enough, but how do we determine if one is acting from the old nature vs. the new nature? Apparently, behavior is the determining factor. “And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity, and indecency; involvement with the occult and with drugs; in feuding, fighting, becoming jealous, and getting angry; in selfish ambition, factionalism, intrigue, and envy; in drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you now as I have warned you before: those who do such things will have no share in the Kingdom of God!” (The Complete Jewish Bible) That sounds like a threat to me, Paul. 

Threats aside, who determines what constitutes sexual immorality, impurity, and indecency? So, what you are saying, Paul, is that anyone who engages in any kind of fight, gets jealous, angry, drunk, envies, or brings division is acting from the old nature and will not go to Heaven. My guess is Heaven is a pretty lonely place. 

Perhaps it’s time we set aside man’s opinion and love as God loves? I love my children equally. I think God loves His children equally, too. If we all loved as God loved, every season would be the happiest season…..

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