“Helping Others”

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So what do you think about children who are different, like “sissies” or “tomboys”? Are they destined to develop into homosexual men and women? Should they be persuaded to conform and be more like others? They say they love Jesus, but is that enough? Won’t Jesus reject them? And what if the bullying goes beyond just name calling?

Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Romans 14:4 (NRSV)

This point of view looks beyond “Is it right or wrong?” and “Do we love the sinner but hate the sin?”

Each of us is intricately complicated with layers upon layers as to why we think and feel and act in certain ways. Isn’t Christ the only one who can put into us the righteousness that He desires us to have?

What would it look like if everyone left these things up to Jesus?

If we coerce others into conforming to our ideas of what they should be like, isn’t this a form of bullying? More importantly, isn’t this an attempt to usurp Christ’s authority?

Jesus as Lord will uphold and make stand each one who is His, even if we do not know the “how” of it. This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.

3 thoughts on ““Helping Others”

  1. I’m sure Jesus was a different kind of boy. I dont know if he was teased by other boys, but I wouldn’t doubt it.

    No, we should accept the personality of our children as they are. We should teach them to be loving – and believe me, that is hard going sometimes. I have two great daughters, but they fought a lot. They also played a lot. Now they are adults, they are best friends.

    We have no right to say who is going to heaven or not. We have no right to say someone isnt a Christian, like many said about Pres. Obama. Now those same people are saying Trump is a Christian. They like to announce who will or wont be saved. Seems to me they try to take Gods job away from him.

    I do believe many gay people will be saved, mostly because I’ve seen God’s love for them and how he guides their lives. I’ve seen their prayers answered. I trust God to be fair and just to all.

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    1. Jesus as a boy would have most likely been different and maybe have been teased just as you suggest. To me, the childhood years are so important in forming who we are as adults, and the influences (and traumas) from those years can carry over into adulthood. One of the verses that I like best from The Message version is “Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone from angels to armies. He’s standing right alongside God, and what he says goes.” (1 Peter 3:22) As you say, some people try to take God’s job away from Him. As always, thanks for your insightful comments!

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