Well, this past weekend I was in Pensacola, FL, with my family and I was reminded of something that a great friend of my, Patrick Mead, spoke about a story in the book of John. Let me just say that Patrick takes a lot of arrows for the cause of Christ. Many in our tribe think he is wrong in what he preaches and teaches. I find what he says to have integrity (no holes in it).
Patrick once talked about a great story about a woman that no one wanted to talk to, and she knew it. What better way to show Love to someone who knows that they are not liked than to talk with them, especially if it is not socially acceptable by the masses, and especially in the group you hang around with. It could possibly put you in the same group as the one you are talking with.
One of the best things about the story Patrick speaks about is that this woman that Jesus talks to is so out of society’s realm of wanting to be associated with that she has to do her things in the time of day that no one else wants to do their things. She goes to get her water in the heat of the day, and she comes to meet a Jewish Rabbi … who actually starts a conversation with her … yeah, I know! What was He thinking?!?! Then He goes and tells her Who He really Is. He tells her that He is the Messiah, and He can give her Living Water, and that if she takes His water that she will never thirst again.
Well, this past weekend was Gay Pride Weekend in Pensacola, and my family and I were unaware of that, but I did know that the woman I struck up a conversation with outside of the place we were waiting to go in and eat at was probably in a relationship with another woman. My thought process was that “how are we to show that we love folks if we don’t show them love, or at least treat them like human beings?” No, I do not think that the lifestyle she was living was right, but she is still a daughter of the One that made everything, even me. No, I did not tell her that she was living in sin, but I don’t think she needed me to tell her. Yes, I do wish that people living that lifestyle would change and not live that way, but I also wish that people would not kill people, use profanity, get drunk, and a lot of other things, but I am sure that I may do many things that offend you, and break God’s heart in how I live life. I would much rather you start a friendship with me before you start telling me I am a huge sinner. See, I already know that, and I know that I need to change how I do some things.
Let’s use Jesus’ example on how to tell folks what they are doing is wrong, like he did with Zacchaeus.