Saturday, March 30, 2013

Equality

Telling me I can't use the Bible to support my beliefs is like telling a butterfly it can't use its wings and it still has to crawl around on its belly.

So a lot is happening in the halls of the Supreme Court of America this last week of March 2013. Those of us on FB have seen all kinds of versions of the "=" being posted. Some are mocking (like the bacon one) and others are more thoughtful in protest (like the baby feet one). Without a doubt, this is a sticky/tricky issue. So, why wade into it? Would Jesus?

Hmmmm.....good question. I want to believe he would. Would he do it better than I am about to? Almost certainly, but I believe there are moments when we, as disciples of Jesus, should be not just His hands and feet but also His voice. In order to do that, we must have a working knowledge of His Word and not be ashamed to use it and let it inform our thoughts, perceptions, beliefs, and actions.

So, what would Jesus say about the current "equality" debate? I believe Jesus would say  the following:

1) I am a big fan of equality but not at the expense of authority.

2) I am a big fan of equality but not at the expense of design.

3) I am a big fan of equality but not at the expense of a covenant relationship between one man and one woman which I created and instituted.

4) I am a big fan of meaning what I say and saying what I mean.

5) I am unchanging in my stance.

Obviously, I am not adequate to fill such big shoes, but over the next few weeks, I will humbly attempt to express what I believe Jesus would want expressed on this wildly divisive topic of equality. I am planning on taking one point for each post. But be warned! In order for me to do this justice, I will be using the Bible. If you find yourself reading this and that fact immediately turns you off, let me ask you something:

Would you rather I just spout yet another opinion on the matter or do my best to show you want the God of the Bible has to say on the issue?

Once you work through your answer to that question, check back in with the future posts. You might find them interesting...

Chris