LBGT No Turning Back

20 05 2012
Hiding Slaves 1800's

The Root Cellar

Hymn Lyrics: “I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Him; I have decided to follow Jesus: No turning back, no turning back. The Cross before me; the world behind me; the Cross before me; the world behind me… No turning back; no turning back.” By, S. Sundar Singh  For the song history and a great story visit: http://jasonhunsicker.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-have-decided-to-follow-jesus.html

Have we noticed that there has been a lot of conversation nationally regarding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community? The Lightkeeper is old enough to remember when Civil Rights for the “Negro” were the focus of national conversation; even appearing as a much-discussed topic within our small interracial community of circa 1960’s New Jersey. To coin a phrase from the President that the Lightkeeper first recognized (At 8 years old):

Let me say this, about that…” {John F. Kennedy}

As for me and my household: We will love. We will not hide behind the word of God to use His word as a weapon or as an excuse NOT to love; which in itself makes the word of God into a lie, in as much that God (Himself) is love.

Another interesting point is what God’s word has to say about who is and who is not going to inherit eternal life with Him: Revelation 21: 1-8 NIV; all Bible references Link-back to www.Biblegateway.com

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a](A) for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,(B) and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City,(C) the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,(D) prepared as a bride(E) beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.(F) They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.(G) 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.(H) There will be no more death’[b](I) or mourning or crying or pain,(J) for the old order of things has passed away.”(K)5 He who was seated on the throne (L) said, “I am making everything new!”(M) Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”(N)6 He said to me: “It is done. (O) I am the Alpha and the Omega,(P) the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost(Q) from the spring of the water of life.(R) 7Those who are victorious(S) will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.(T) 8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars(U)—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.(V) This is the second death.”(W)

Let’s direct our attention to verse 8~”But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

There are more references and warnings against being “fearful” or “cowardly” in the Bible than about (the practice of) homosexuality. Additionally, there are more references and warnings against unbelieving (faithlessness, little faith, doubt), idolatry, liars and lust (whoremongers) than homosexuality too.

What do we know for sure? Lord God, JVH, made all humans. Satan hates all humans. Jesus commanded us to love one another, explicitly. HE did not command us to judge one another; since only HE is the righteous judge in consideration of what He went through on the Cross; coming to earth as a volunteer to die in our place and receive the (just) punishment for us all: Straight or Gay; all enslaved by the sin of this World System (‘the old order’ of things; ref. Rev. 21:4 NIV).

We are to be busily working out our own salvation with reverential fear before the all-seeing eyes of our Creator; with Jesus as our attorney-High Priest and staunchest advocate; pleading forever on our behalf as we look only to Him based upon His free invitation… No charge… Pro Bono… Free, because He paid it all on the Cross at Calvary.

Since He paid it all for me and for you on Calvary; we can AFFORD to be gracious to all we encounter along the way toward eternal life. We can AFFORD to love and we can dip up more love from Jesus’ limitless well whenever we are dry and thirsty from the dust storms of this world.

If we could trace the history of every human being from their present state or frame of mind to when/how that outlook was formed in them; we will surely find somewhere along the way; a lack of love in some form or another. How this is played out in one’s life is as unique and numerous as snowflakes in a blizzard. Example: One father is abusive to his son and his son becomes Mozart; another father is abusive to his son and he becomes Jeffrey Dahmer.

Those who are cowards/fearful; those who don’t believe/trust (anything or anyone) and all these ways of ‘being’ in the earth has produced: The murderer; the whoremonger; the thief; the liar; the sexual immoral of all kinds; the idol worshipper; those who practice (rely on) magic arts; and those who are vile.

Jesus is wisdom and love personified. So what was the remedy from the Perfected One? “…Love ye one another …and again I say, love ye one another” John 13:35.  Also “Love God and love your neighbor (fellow-human) as yourself” Matthew 22:36. That is a tall order. That will take a lifetime to fulfill. That keeps us looking at Jesus and then looking at ourselves; then looking at Jesus and then checking back with ourselves… You get the idea.

In the meantime, when I come across you (fellow-human) in the streets or within the workplace or anywhere in the earth; I have one thing and one thing only to do regarding you: Love you as I love myself. That’s it! That’s all folks! Is that too simplistic? Well, Jesus said to “Take my yoke… it’s easy…”

Matthew 11: 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” NKJV

Getting back to the LBGT community: Thank God we don’t have to hide LBGT folks in the root cellar like the runaway slaves. Perhaps this post will be the TN Lighthouse ‘root cellar’ moment. Just like some white and Native American people of the 1800’s who hid the black slaves; risking their lives and reputations: They risked all to love.

As a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; I have decided to follow Jesus. I will risk to love. I lay down all pretenses and will not shirk or skirt the issue. I will love my homosexual brother and sister. That is the last thing my Master, the Lord Jesus, the Christ told me to do: “Love my neighbor, [my fellow human being] as I love myself.”

No turning back, no turning back.   Be Blessed!


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22 05 2012
The Lightkeeper

Thanks CMcD for “Liking” this posting. I believe we never error when deciding to Love, unconditionally.
Be Blessed!
The Lightkeeper

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