dO nOt pReAcH iT uNleSs yOu cAn LiVe it-

Dangerously Transparent quote of the day; put me in the mire with the vilest of sinners over cuddling in the church pews with hypocrites. Seriously, it nauseates me to watch CHRiSTiANS embrace high profile, flamboyant fakes, while pointing their noses up to genuine struggling souls- unsaved or saved.  We may as well say-be here every Sunday, wear CHURCH CLOTHES, sing O, how I love Jesus, tithe 10% and earn a pass. Any Sunday-any church-any city across the globe, distinctions are blurred between CHRiST followers and counterfeit

I recently posted a blog written by a dear friend, whose daughter is gay. She’s Catholic. I’m Evangelical and neither of us feel like we fit our denominational mold. The Orlando tragedy was another shock to an ongoing quest to understand genuine CHRiST followers.  I dare question. Was it as important in your church to pray for those grieving families as the previous ones? Reality is supported by facts. There wasn’t the same outpouring of compassion we witnessed for other victims of terror. It WILL happen again and I anticipate the public will mourn loudly when the target is an airport, school or theater because those are socially safer than expressing concern for a gay nightclub.

Paris dominated facebook for weeks-CHRiSTiANS abuzz with prayer chains, solidarity flags of support.  I can’t wrap my head around why we couldn’t show that sympathy for the families of Orlando’s victims. For many of us who did speak or write, our faith was brought under scrutiny by other followers. Upon a private explanation, a few who questioned my judgement offered an apology but, not all responded courteously.  It hurt to know my CHRiSTiANiTY was questioned because I stated can love gay people and remain devoted to JESUS.

I don’t condone same sex relationships, support gay marriage or transgender bathrooms. I do support all people being treated fairly. I don’t advocate catering to a specific group because of religion or sexual orientation. I don’t want to be told my husband or I must marry gay couples. Personally, I don’t believe it’s wise for a CHRiSTiAN to marry a non believe. But, you know what gets us into more trouble than anything? Marrying couples with different skin tones. Nephew, Brad and his wife, Tracy are raising our nieces, Peyton and Skylar, to be Christ followers who value his culture and hers. I don’t hate on pastors who won’t marry blacks and whites.  They’re wrong but, I believe they still love Jesus!

It may surprise you to hear my best friend in Tanzania is a Muslim chick. I grappled with be ye not unequally joined, but as I prayed-GOD put peace in my spirit.  I don’t partake in Ramadan and she doesn’t attend Christmas Eve service. Still, I have a precious friendship with JenZee and I passionately love JESUS.

I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover. I don’t need to be convinced where I stand on the issue. But, I have gay friends, I believe love Jesus just like my alcoholic friends love Jesus. I have lying friends who love Jesus. Bitter friends who love Jesus. Friends with addictions who love Jesus. Friends trapped by sexual sins who love Jesus. Don’t ask me to explain how anyone can love Jesus and be gay because you may find yourself on the receiving end of my questions. How does your son or daughter engage in an extramarital affair and love Jesus? How can your dad, brother or sister, lead a small group and when the group goes home, flip on a laptop and goggle adult web sites? How can your husband or wife love Jesus and abuse you or your kid? Ladies, how you love Jesus and dress in a way that draws a man’s attention towards you, especially guys with wives? How can you undress a woman with your eyes while sitting with your wife and love Jesus? We ALL do things NOT becoming for a child of GOD but, it doesn’t mean we don’t love Jesus.

We can inspect the fruits of fellow CHRiSTiANS and draw a conclusion about their walk, but we don’t have permission to pick people apart or question integrity just because they think differently than we do. What I have learned is; it’s wise to allow the HOLY SPIRIT to guide my fruit inspections if I’m determined to walk through the orchard. Many times the fruits I suspected would be rotten-are sweetest of the bunch!

Get where I’m going? I am NOT sure how LIS MORGAN-devoted follower for fifty years can love Jesus and do some things that I do. How do I love Jesus and host a spirit of fear? The Bible talks about FEAR more than it does being gay. Someone has to be bold enough to put it STRAIGHT. If it helps one person, I’ve done what GOD led me to do.

How can I love Jesus and envy a friend’s new car? How do I love Jesus and resent the guy who got a promotion at work when I don’t think he deserved it? How can I love Jesus and hold a grudge against the chick I supposedly forgave? How do I love Jesus and withhold money that could help the poor? Don’t buy the myth that all CHRiST followers must also be financial whizzes.  JESUS told us not to store up earthly possessions. Read the word in context and show me where FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENCE is a principle. How do I love Jesus and overeat? How can I love Jesus and treat people differently because of social status or appearance? How can I love Jesus and talk behind others’ backs? How do I love Jesus and keep quiet when lies are spread about someone? How do I love Jesus and not share HIS love with everyone willing to listen? All have SINNED and come SHORT of the GLORY of GOD. Why insist on removing their splinters while lodging our beams? Aren’t we tired of PREACHING this SAME message over and over?

That’s why I believe gay people can and do LOVE Jesus.  I BREAK my SAVIOR’S HEART with some of what I do everyday. The audacity to point my finger at anyone else is more about taking the pressure off of me than I want to admit.  People are shocked to find out that I’ve struggled with fear most of my life. The truth is, a lot of my ADVENTURES are done because I am a fearful chick. I had my first severe asthma attack at three years old so the terror of suffocating began early in my life. I fell out of a boat when I was four and wasn’t wearing a life jacket. With eyes wide open, I sank into the darkness of Black River. That experience left me petrified of drowning. These fifteen hour plane marathons we take over oceans challenge my wherewithal. Why do it? Because HE promised if I wear the armor designed for me, I will remain MORE than a conqueror-therefore I trust HIM. Still-BRAVERY doesn’t come naturally to a coward.

Many churches are governed by people who don’t care about the lost and have no burden for the downtrodden-thus why local outreach is nil. If your church funds an overseas trip for a few to experience “culture” but, back at home, a local dad comes by the church pleading for $200 to pay his utilities because he lost his job and your church is so cynical, they turn him away without verifying if he’s telling the truth, your church isn’t mission minded. It’s so easy to make an online payment or mail the check directly. The fear of the church’s money being squandered on drugs, cigarettes or alcohol is so overrated and it’s SAD we allow it to be standard church policy. Will we be misled sometimes? Sure we will. But, that’s not a valid excuse to refuse everyone in need. Don’t claim to LOVE my folks in AFRICA if you don’t love those around your own church. That is your first mission field! Support us financially when you can, but NOT at the expense of the ones you see face to face.

Let’s be the flies on the wall at the nominating committee meeting of Global Jesus Church.  (I hope there isn’t an actual GLOBAL JESUS CHURCH-bahaha.)

Chairperson Wishy-Washy: We’ve had a few question us AGAIN this year about having ol’ Mike teaching “his” couples class.  I’ve heard the rumors that he isn’t faithful to his wife-but-his father was our pastor when we built the fellowship hall and let’s not forget his wife started that class. If we take it from Mike, it’ll cause a stink and it’s just not worth splitting the church over. Let’s leave the judging between him the good Lord. 

Rookie Committee Member:  David has been a faithful member now for over a year and I think he’d be great as a greeter, with his outgoing personality. Let’s plug him in a ministry that will enable him to feel useful and provide an area of accountability for him, too.

Committee Member My way or No way:  The big fellow with all the tattoos? Got the long hair and beard?

Open Minded Committee Member:  That’s a great idea. It’s giving a new CHRiSTiAN a place to serve and showing the community we have a place for everyone. I’m for it! He’s another one Ham Bone led to Christ, isn’t he? You know Ham Bone-My way or No way? 

Committee Member My Way or No way scowls and twists his head to indicate NO.

Rookie Committee Member: Ham Bone witnessed to me when I got my first tattoo.  He’s been instrumental in bringing so many people to CHRiST.  I met David at the small group Ham Bone leads for third shift workers. I know our new pastor thinks highly of him.

Committee Member My way or NO way: (responds only when silence didn’t squash the subject) We don’t need people who look like the world in a leadership role because it sends the wrong message about what we stand for!  I don’t know him well enough to judge him, but we’ve got to keep standards or the world won’t see any difference between them and us.  

Committee Member Wishy Washy: David really doesn’t look like a CHRiSTiAN. Wonder if he would he cover the tattoos and shave if we allow him to be a greeter?  We could ask.

Open Minded Committee Member: With all due respect, I‘ve got a problem with that. My teenagers are on social media. They’ve never shown me pictures of David’s tats but, they’ve pointed out a few of Mike and his girlfriend. What message is that sending?  If we ask David to cover Bible verses on his arms and cut his hair, then let’s confront Mike about his affair. That’s actually biblical.

Awkwardness fills the room and Lucifer does the happy dance.

I leave you with this to ponder-until we stop pandering to the church people who want it their way or no way and get back to following JESUS and HIS teachings-which are far less complicated, we’ll continue seeing a slump in CHRiSTiANITY. We make excuses for those in the church while we shame those outside of church. Let’s go back to what the word of God mandates. Treat all the same for LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shauna Patrick
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 14:01:38

    You are just awesome and such a special lady. You make me believe there is hope for those blinded by hatred and fear. God bless you my friend.

    Reply

    • dangerouslytransparent
      Jun 20, 2016 @ 14:40:33

      Awee..thanks so much chick. I am not here to speak flattery-I do hope that I speak real enough-and by exposing my own shortcomings, encourage others to focus on their own lives and less on others. I’ve got enough going on that I don’t have time to point out everyone else’s shortcomings! Love you for reading and leaving such a positive comment!

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