What was most powerful to me about each experience, was that no matter how each person felt about the issue of homosexuality, first and foremost was the love of Christ that poured out of whom they spoke. There was a sense in each speech that the Christ in one person met the Christ in the other person and and any difference between the two was held in the grace of God. It was love that prevailed over any "belief."
As I think about how Christianity is so often portrayed in the media, as a belief involving bigotry or hatred, I grieve. Instead of those one sentence sound-bites, I yearn that the powerful testimonies we heard Sunday could be shared more widely. For in them, the Christian faith shows a transformational quality unexplained by anything learned, and only possible by the power of divine love. Granted, receiving that love requires and open heart, but if that can be offered, God can do amazing things.
This week in worship, we will hear Lydia's story. She is a woman who opened her heart to Paul's testimony. She was converted to the message of Jesus and baptized upon hearing the good news. This conversion of heart then leads her to offer her home for the church to begin. Would the church be the same now, if it were not for her open heart?
I wonder, what will the church of the future be, if we open our hearts to the transformational power of the gospel of Jesus' love?
Be a witness this week to the power of love,