Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Weakest Link

"Parents of gay or transgendered children are the weakest link in the church."

Well, that is what Kathy Baldock author of "Walking the Bridgeless Canyon" said to me during her discussion at Truckee Meadows Community College in the Spring of 2015. She was invited to speak for about an hour on her book. She wants to help build a bridge between the church and the LGBT community. She gave some history about how the church has treated the LGBT community over the last several hundred years and how it has changed so much in the last couple of decades. The church is still very far behind the world's view.

I thought at first that maybe this could happen but it really can't. It is not that the church is against the LGBT community but it is one group that says die to the flesh and live for God and the other says be true to yourself and you should be able to express how you truly feel. One group says, "less of me and more of Jesus" and the other group says. "I have the right to do what ever I want and you have to accept that."

It is a bridgeless canyon for a reason. There is not meant to be a bridge built by man from one side  to the another. The bridge is Jesus and what he has done on the cross. You can see and then use that bridge when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.

What Ms. Baldock said at the end of discussion when I pressed her about the different bibles she was using was that it wasn't about the bible. Well if it is not about the bible then how can a profitable discussion occur about God's love and mercy to mankind. That is a Christian's guide and source of wisdom. It is not antiquated, it is the living book that God uses to speak to us.

She also said that the weakest link in the church is the parent of a gay child. That statement caught my attention. It took me a while to process that. So I am weak. Hmm...really. It made me instantly think of the verses about being weak.

"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak:
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
I Corn. 9:22 KJV

Is God putting me in this position for a bigger reason? Can I be a help to other Christian parents that have a gay or transgender child? How can I be blessing? I do not have the answer to those questions yet. I know through prayer and searching the scriptures the answers will come.

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
II Corn. 12:10 KJV
Is it just me or do you find that when someone says something negative about you, you make a choice of determined effort not to be that? Well, I knew for sure that I was not going to be weak and I for sure was not going to be the weakest link when it came to supporting God's Word in the church house.
I have a lot to process about these verses. I will leave you with verses that have been such an encouragement to me since I left that meeting.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
I Corinthians 1:25 KJV
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."

1 comment:

  1. I google my name regularly to see where I am spoken about and YIKES, was I surprised at the quoted words, or rather your understanding of what you heard me say.

    What I DID say was the conversation was NOT about Bible translations. I did not say it was not about the Bible. Big difference.

    I absolutely recognize the power of God's Word in my own life. What has gone awry is the translation of words now reading "homosexual" since 1946. When you get stuck on which version of the Bible to use for this issue, the conversation gets stuck in the weeds. I quickly saw that happening and wanted to keep to the issue I had presented. Discussion of which Bible version is best or more preferable was not part of the line of thought.

    I only had one hour and was trying to keep the conversation on track.

    In reference to the parents being the weakest link -- I am not sure of my precise words., however I usually say that parents are the unexpected force in the church that leaders never planned on.

    I NEVER would call parents "weak."

    I was quite surprised to find this post with, what I deem to be, an interesting conveyance of what I believe.

    Perhaps there will be time to revisit this in the future. I wanted to be on record with corrections here however.