Recently, there was an article in Christianity Today by the author of the book Gay Girl, Good God. (Jackie Hill Perry) After reading the article it is safe to say God saved Jackie out of the LGBT community. However, he didn’t do this through the church. The article starts right out by saying, “God knew he wouldn’t get my attention in a church. Churches didn’t care too well for people like me. Me, being a gay girl. A gay girl who knew better than to let my feet take me where I didn’t feel welcomed. So God came to my house.”
Isn’t that sad? I mean, it’s not sad that God, who is bigger than the church, reached Jackie where she was. That is awesome. What is sad is that as a church we are so unwelcoming; God is not using us to reach the lost in the LGBT community. I think this is tragic.
This whole state of affairs has made me ask why. Why is God not using the US church to win the lost to himself? I have heard people say it’s because the church is divided. They quote John 17:21 and the discussion ends. Others remind us that we live in a post-modern, post-Christian age. Do people really think life, for early Christians, under Nero of Rome was any better for early Christians?
There is another explanation why God has stopped using the church. This won’t be popular because it is offensive. Plus it puts the responsibility on us rather than them. This solution states that we, the church, have given ourselves a pass. We are far from God. We have become soft on sin. Whether the sin is adultery, anger, bitterness, gossip, gluttony, prayerlessness, porn, materialism… (Or whatever is coming to your mind right now.) We are not holding ourselves to a holy standard. We are no longer calling sin, sin.
And because we are not dealing with our sin, we are in no position to help someone else.
As God did for Jackie Hill Perry God wants to do for you and me. Is it time for Jesus to come to your house?
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye
but do not notice the log that in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother,
‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
and behold, the log is in your eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to take the speck
out of your brother’s eye.
© 2018 Lena Rae
— Jackie Hill Perry, “The Boring Night That Made Me a Christian,” Christianity Today, September 2018, pp.71-72
— Matthew 7:3-5 NASB