God-honoring faith and government seemed to have parted ways. Whenever a law contradicts God’s law, as believers we need to stand on His truth. This won’t make Christians popular, but Jesus already warned us about popularity contests. He also told us to love one another and leave changing hearts up to him.
During my lonely freshman year of college I met Jan. She had a way of finding the humor in just about everything. We shared thoughts about life and our distant future, wondering where our lofty goals would take us. Gradually she revealed to me that she was a lesbian. Our friendship was never about sexual orientation—it was about two young women on a small campus who didn’t have a clue what the future held.
On a whim one evening, we went to a Christian crusade held at a campus across town. A dynamic speaker told us that Jesus wanted us just the way we were, but loved us so much he didn’t want us to stay that way. Jan went forward and wanted Jesus—not really knowing how He could change someone like her.
This isn’t one of those stories where a confused soul sees the errors of her way, seeks God’s forgiveness and discovers that she wasn’t really a lesbian after all. For the next decade Jan struggled with her personal identity and the identity she knew she had in Christ. The two weren’t the same.
It was easiest for Jan to put God and his Bible on a shelf alongside all her textbooks. Years later in her counseling career, Jan met a young girl who was as confused as she had once been. In the ensuing sessions, this young girl described her feelings and the conflicts it had with her faith in Christ. Jan saw a younger version of herself. This teen wanted to please God and live her life in a way that would do so. Jan knew she needed to take God off the shelf—she realized she could only have one Master.
Is Jan still a lesbian? She’ll tell you that she saw herself in Christ’s mirror and lesbianism is not what Jesus wanted her to see. She felt Christ’s love and because of that love she wanted to live an obedient life. And that meant saying “no” to lesbianism.
While our government may call homosexuality legal, it will never be so in God’s eyes. For those who profess Christian faith, we should know better. For unbelievers, they live how they want now, and await God’s judgment later. Jan knew this and chose to live for Christ. She realized something that some of us Christians need to remember—our life isn’t all about our happiness; it’s about our holiness. Now Jan is filled with real joy that has nothing to do with sexual orientation, and everything to do with living an obedient life with Christ. Not an easy thing to do. For any of us.
"And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.” 2 John 6