Here’s a wonderful post from Josha. She discusses how our faith is an ever-growing, ever-changing thing. We are all on a journey. Do we open ourselves up to the possibility that our perspectives may change over time?
In the Sunday morning class at the church I attend we have been studying the book of Mark. Recently we discussed the story where Jesus walks on water (6:45-56). In that story it is noted that the disciple’s hearts were hardened. The discussions led to the question of why their hearts were hard. Upon the thoughts leading to the idea that the disciples were still thinking on human terms, I raised my hand to speak.
I had been using a fortune cookie fortune as a bookmark in my Bible due to what it says as a reminder to keep my heart open to what new things I can learn from scripture, and this is what I said in class:
My fortune cookie bookmark says, “Your perspective will shift.” I think that the disciples were still thinking on human terms and had not shifted their perspective to be in spiritual terms. So my question is; which comes first? Does the heart have to soften for the perspective to change or does one’s perspective have to change for one’s heart to soften?
The class went silent. I was a little nervous I might have said something wrong and then the teacher stated, “That is the deep thought of the day, class dismissed.” People laughed and all seemed to approve of what I said. We continued class with some very good discussions.
But I’d like to open my question up into the context of homosexuality. I know of people who used to be totally against same-sex relationships, however, their perspectives have shifted in relationship to what scripture has to say about the topic. So, maybe it does not matter which comes first, the heart softening or the perspective changing…but either way it is happening.
The teacher of the class that day made an observation about the story of Jesus walking on the water. Jesus had sent the disciples out and told them to go toward a certain place (Bethsaida) and then later in the story, as they were “straining at the oars” Jesus walked up to them on the water and got in the boat and redirected them to a specific place (Gennesaret). The teacher made the point that sometimes we have in mind the direction we are headed and then Jesus comes along and redirects us into the exact direction he wants us to go.
I can relate to this in that since I was in Jr. High I was praying and focused on a direction that would lead me to a marriage relationship with the perfect Christian man with a focus on sexual purity and with a life of living out my Christianity, serving others with a husband.
Speaking on spiritual terms, I believe Jesus sent me out into this direction and as I was “straining at the oars”; Jesus redirected me in to a direction I would have never dreamed up of on my own. Jesus walked with me into a place that serves those in the LGBT community and I will never be married to a man. I am amazed at all the opportunities that I have had to honor and serve the Lord in a place that many people don’t dare step into.