Blogger has an interesting feature. If you go to Blogger.com, you get to see a list three item list of recently posted blog entry names scroll by. I happened to be about to log in, and I saw something interesting go by in the list. I wasn’t fast enough to click on it, but on doing a blog search, I happened to run across the above blog called “Two World Collision“. It is very interesting, in that it is written by a gay man that professes to be a Christian. Now I am not saying I doubt him, in fact on reading some of his entries, it seems clear he is a Christian. His blog is an attempt to document his journey of discovery as he tries to resolve the apparent conflict between being Christian and gay at the same time. Surely a laudable goal, and interesting reading besides.
I don’t happen to believe in coincidences, so I believe God led me to his blog for a reason. As some of you know, our church (Faith Church in Austin Texas) has been learning about how we can live as a branch in the vine of Christ for the past several years. It is a wonderful teaching about how we can’t live the abundant live and we are not expected to, but we can allow Christ to live out His abundant life through us. The entire audio program is now available on the web at: http://www.fefc.us , look at the Radio page.
I sent “Two Worlds Collision” a message to encourage him and to suggest he investigate the Instant Access program, and I truely hope he does. You see, as the Apostle Paul said we live in a “body of death”. Literally he meant that even though we as Christian have already accepted Jesus as our Saviour, and therefore we have been forgiven and fully justified by faith, we still have to deal with this body of death that we live in that has been so well trained to sin. Whether you are like me, and sometimes lust after a woman, or like “Two Worlds Collision” and sometimes lust after a man, the problem is lust, not the gender of the person you are lusting after. Jesus teaches that he has removed our heart of stone and given us a heart of flesh. Our big problem is remembering (and trusting) that, and not falling back on our old ways when depression or boredom tells me I am not happy. The good news is that we don’t have to live in Romans 7, because Paul goes on in Romans 8 to show that there is victory over sin. Victory comes not by my effort, but by my allowing Jesus to win the war for me by living His life out through me moment by moment.