Following Jesus has always been a matter of the heart. It starts in the heart and really is contended for there.
Today, we have had much public debate about a law which not one of us really knows the full consequences. The debate on same sex marriage has revealed how easy it is to get caught up in morality.
We Americans showed our hand. Our hearts came out in the open. We really do want to force others to behave the way we think they should. This includes both sides of this debate.
I could spiral down into all the reasons, use bible verses and justify either side of this debate. We could triumph over sin or love could win. Yet, Jesus was never about forcing any of us to love or accept Him. He wasn’t about a moral high ground or a morality of inclusion.
He wasn’t building a utopia where we all get to find out we are ok regardless of our behavior. He also wasn’t building a state where He forces others to stop sinning. Neither side of the debate has power to deal with our hearts like He does.
He was about our hearts. His Gospel is about the inside of the cup. So in a sense, when we read His words with a open-ness and humility and let Him reveal our hearts to him we find this debate is really just an excuse for each of us to internally stay above the fray of our own fallen-ness. It is much easier to argue morality or injustice than in a quiet moment grapple with our own sin and brokenness.
This Gospel of good news is about life lived in freedom from sin and darkness. The Gospel is about living a life from the heart in wholeness and goodness. It is a Gospel of mercy. It can save a nation but in reality, it is about individuals. This Gospel is about you and where you are in relationship with the Lord. When we turn to this view, good laws and bad laws no longer matter. We are a part of a larger Kingdom.
“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?”
Matthew 16:25 MSG