Here’s a wonderful post from Josha. She explores the true nature of Jesus, and reminds us that he’s there for us, even when others aren’t.
To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And THEY THREW HIM OUT. (John 9:34)
Have you ever been shunned?
Have you ever felt “thrown out?”
Have you ever been accused of sin and felt shame, whether it be true or not?
My heart goes out to anyone who has ever felt the pain of this kind of rejection. So please consider the following:
Part of the debate of homosexuality is nature vs. nurture; which places blame on parents as people try to figure out if it is the sin of the parents or of the individuals that has caused them to pursue being gay…avoiding the thought that it was a natural occurrence…..and sadly placing undue shame and essentially shunning individuals for being who they were created to be.
Listen to what Jesus has to teach about nature and nurture and see how he responds to those who are shunned.
As he went along, he saw a man blind form birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, “said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 9:1-3)
Jesus is acknowledging that God allows nature to take its course and that nobody should be blamed or accused of sin based on imperfections that comes upon them such as this man born blind. People are born with different qualities and characteristics and imperfections to no fault of the individual or of the parents. Further more, it is a way in which the Lord brings himself into relationship with us.
Perhaps Jesus is also educating his disciples about the misuse of Scripture in regard to nurture; addressing the idea of bad things happening to people as punishment from God due to sin. A thinking that could have developed from Exodus 34:7…”he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
Jesus takes advantage of this opportunity to be a light in the world and to show mercy as he proceeds to make mud and placed it on the man’s eyes and sent him away to go wash it off. Upon doing this, the man was healed and could see. The neighbors who knew this man were skeptical as to if this man really was the same blind beggar… the only thing different was now he could see.
Why couldn’t they believe him when clearly he could see?
The neighbors brought the man to the Pharisees. The Pharisees did not want to believe that Jesus had healed the man who was blind. They became very up set with the man as he was proclaiming that Jesus indeed comes from God, evident by being able to see for the first time in his life. And this is when they through insults at him and shunned him.
Now, for all who have felt shunned, listen to what Jesus did:
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he FOUND HIM, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35)
INCREDIBLE! Jesus found him! Implying that Jesus went looking for this man who had been “hurled insults at” and thrown out by the Pharisee, the teachers of the law, the “holy ones.”
I believe the Bible is the Living Word and this message tells me that anybody who has ever been thrown out of church or any organization affiliated with church, just because they are gay, “JESUS COMES LOOKING FOR YOU.”
When Jesus finds you, I believe you will know, because look at how Jesus related to the man born blind. Keep in mind; the man has never seen Jesus with his own eyes until now.
“Who is he Sir? The man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact he is the one speaking with you.” (John 9:36)
The man was born blind by NATURE and Jesus NURTURED his spirituality.
Have you tried talking to people at church and they just won’t listen? Have you been told that you are headed down a sinful path while you were simply trying to educate someone about same-sex attraction? Have people tried to place blame on your parents or on other things to try and explain your “confusion” of your sexuality?
As the blind man was healed in a way that nobody expected, those who have same-sex attraction are healed as well and we are trying to proclaim that Jesus has set us free and sometimes it feels like nobody is listening.
Why can’t they believe that we were indeed born this way and are indeed healed?
I realize some people might say, “Jesus healed the blind man by giving him sight and he can heal the gay man too by making him straight.” But look at how he healed the blind man. He made mud out of spit and rubbed it on the man’s eyes, breaking the law of working on the Sabbath. I’m sure there were many other ways he could have healed the blind man.
I love that as one who is attracted to the same sex, I can say that I feel like Jesus has healed me despite the unlawfulness of the appearance in which he has healed me. He did not heal me the way many would expect him to heal me. But like Mandy has said on her website, “We are gay people who have prayed for healing. The healing came… but not in the way that we expected. We prayed to be straight. Instead, God opened our hearts to the amazing fact that He loves us and accepts us just as we are.”
I want to be clear in that I’m not equalizing, “The Pharisees” to “Christians who are against homosexuality.” I do not believe that most Christians have a Pharisaical heart, but I think it is more that the topic has been hidden and ignored and misguided for so long that people just need to be educated and opened up to the idea of purity that can be found in homosexuality.
The truth is that we have all been born blind… spiritually. And we spend a lifetime of being nurtured and healed by Jesus who gives us sight.
I pray that God opens the hearts of everyone to the reality that we, who are attracted to the same sex, are loved and accepted as we are and that our wish is not to indulge in sinful behavior but to grow closer to God.