I happen to reside in the lovely SF Bay Area and it is the month of June.
If you didn’t already connect the dots, that means that it is gay pride month. Yes, the annual LGBTQ pride festival just took place this past weekend. Basically, it means that many of my friends, family, and hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people converge of San Francisco.
Before you assume that this post is going to be something that makes you angry, I hope you know that this is meant more to explore Christian hypocrisy than anything else.
First of all, I will make this statement: The Pride festival is an event that puts sexuality on display. Considering the way most conservative Christians feel about sex, marriage, morality, you can guess where many of us stand on this issue. But that’s not what I’m getting at. This is about a conversation I had with someone.
“I’m surprised that God doesn’t burn San Francisco to the ground with all those homosexuals there.”
My response was, “Well SF is no more sinful that New Orleans,” which when put in perspective is one of mine and this person’s favorite cities in the U.S. We also have some people we dearly love in that city.
But the hard truth is, my little suburban city is no less sinful than any of these two cities. They just may be more upfront about it. Do you want me to list the sins I, alone, have committed in this house? What about the house before we moved? What about the house that I grew up in? And that is just me. What about the other 100,000 in my city? I’m not sure the exact equation of sin, but I know that it is a lot more than nothing. Just last year a little girl was brutally murdered and dumped in a park in my city! What about that?
So let me just make this clear: ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD (Romans 3:23). Period.
I just don’t think you can make a statement about SF without including your own city.
So why hasn’t God burned San Francisco to the ground? Or my city? Or your city?
The answer is simple: GRACE.
We so often misconstrue grace and the fact that it comes from an unconditional love. But the truth is,
“To be alive is to be broken and to be broken is to stand in need of grace.” -Brennan Manning
Don’t neglect truth, but remember that even Jesus showed grace.
-A World Changer