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Christianity, homosexuality, and people who aren’t “good” Christians

If you read just one article today, let it be this one. This is NOT one of Christianity’s finer moments. It is NOT!

Seriously… an exorcism against the “demon of homosexuality”?? Where the heck in the Bible do you find that!?

This has gone way to far!

Vicky Beeching wrote this last night, when she posted the link to her story, on social media:

Steve Brown dedicated his book “three free sins” to his friend “J”, who is also in the same kind of struggle / fight. And then he used a few pages in the book to tell “J”s story. I don’t have the space here to give you the whole story, but I will give you two quotes:

“He continues to struggle with same-sex attraction and now HIV, but the real struggle isn’t with his sin (we all live in that house) but with other Christians”

And then at the end of the story, Steve comments on it with these words:

“If my friend’s sin irritates you more than those who robbed him of God’s grace, then I’m irritated at you too! Don’t let them do that to you!”

I’m agreeing with Steve Brown here.

I don’t think this is about gay people being in sin – sin isn’t the issue here (Jesus took care of that on the cross, and he loves us, just the way we are).

Instead there is a wider, and more important story here, about Christian communities who have forgotten (or not really understood) what the Christian faith is actually about – the radical freedom Jesus purchased for us on the cross – and therefore, instead, has ended up (at least to some degree) being blinded by the fear of doing something wrong (sinning).

The consequence of this is, that we hurt people (especially those who doesn’t fit our view of what constitutes a “good” christian) badly, instead of helping them understand that no matter who or what they are, they are loved and free in Christ.

12 days ago, I tweeted this quote from Rod Rosenbladt’s “The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church”. In this context, of gay people being broken by the church, you just might wanna read/listen to/watch the whole thing. It’s really good. :D

Før vores mund kan forme ordet “undskyld”, er vi tilgivet.

Fra korset siger Jesus: “Fader, tilgiv dem, for de ved ikke, hvad de gør.” og det er præcis hvad Gud gør. Han venter ikke engang på at vi spørger ham. Før vi søger efter det, eller sågar opdager at vi har brug for hjælp, er vi tilgivet. Før vores mund kan forme ordet “undskyld”, er vi tilgivet.

-Kris McInnes (fra The Mockingbird Devotional, July 1, min oversættelse)

Musik Mandag: Thousand Foot Krutch

I dag er vi tilbage i rockens verden, med et af Canadas bedste rock bands, Thousand Foot Krutch (ofte bare forkortet TFK).

TFK-TheEndIsWhereWeBegin

Bandet blev startet i midten af halvfemserne af Trevor McNevan, som i dag stadig står i spidsen for bandet, samt guitarist Dave Smith, som ikke længere er med i bandet (forlod bandet i 2002).

De første år (1995-1996) hed de Oddball (de udgav ét album under det navn), men i 1997 kom Trevor så op med navnet Thousand Foot Krutch. Et navn der symbolisere det punkt i vores liv, hvor det går op for os at vi ikke kan klare det af egen styrke.

Første video er fra en koncert optaget d. 28 Maj 2010 i Rexall Place arena i Edmonton, Canada. Koncerten blev udgivet som kombineret CD/DVD i 2011, under titlen Live At The Masquerade.

http://youtu.be/UpaYbvhLZGY

Video nr. 2 er musik videoen til War of Change, som man finder på deres seneste studie album, The End Is Where We Begin.

http://youtu.be/HdnTSXUWd3E

Deres seneste udgivelser, albummet The End Is Where We Begin, samt de to efterfølgende remix albums, Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1 & Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 2, kan høres på deres YouTube kanal.

Deres næste album kommer til at hedde OXYGEN:INHALE, og udkommer d. 26 August. Se mere på http://www.pledgemusic.com/tfk

Hjemmeside: www.thousandfootkrutch.com

TFK på:
Music Unlimited
Spotify
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