“My church is come-as-you-are and we’ll teach you Christ and we’ll make you better and if you’re flawed, everybody’s flawed, just do what you can,” he says, and then he goes onto explain the concept of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s love. Again, this sounds like an acceptance of sin, but if you listen closely, he’s acknowledging that we’re all sinners and in need of salvation. And as all sinners require God’s mercy, this means we are all on the same plane — whether you’re a bisexual, or lie, or act selfishly, or ever step into any of the pitfalls that all of us have — unless you think you’re perfect, which is a pitfall in and of itself.
In other words, Mike, despite how some Christians would unfortunately look down upon him, articulates the most important premises of the faith that go beyond any debate about its specific tenets, such as the one regarding sexual orientation. At least for me, it was simply inspiring.
And one more thing on the “narrow-mindedness” comment. Skeptics often make it sound as if we Christians brush away any doubt and we haven’t considered the questions they’ve raised. This isn’t true. We share the same questions and struggles, only on a greater level since we’ve invested our lives in it. There isn’t any criticism available that we ourselves haven’t pondered over, but the difference is that we find the answers to those doubts, and when we can’t, our faith based on the previous answers and the evidence we have in the form of our relationship with God fills that gap.
When Governor Mike Huckabee was running for president, he did a great job of summarizing this aspect of faith. At a November 2008 debate, he said, “The Bible is a revelation of an infinite god, and no finite person is ever going to fully understand it. If they do, their god is too small.”
That’s where faith comes in. We won’t have every answer, but we don’t need every answer, and if we did have every answer, frankly that’d make me more skeptical of the Bible’s teachings about the nature and power of God.
This article is an unusual one for me to write, I know, because it really triggered some deep thoughts for me. Who would have thought I’d get inspired to write a near-sermon from the words of a bisexual Christian on The Real World? God works in mysterious ways.