Sunday Post 72: Swallow Your Camel

Posted by Danny

Some of the readers of this blog aren’t very happy with me. They didn’t really appreciate my take on all sin being created equal in my post entitled: Amendment 1.

I’m not here to argue about what is or is not a sin. It was simply my intent to remind us that we all screw up – yes, ALL of us. It says in the book of Matthew, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!” “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”  Jesus is cracking me up there, telling those mobs they swallow a camel. “Woe to you…you clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

One reader reminded me that Jesus did not condemn nor condone the woman who was caught in adultery. He did, however, tell her to go and sin no more.

That really made me think. Perhaps that passage is directed toward me. The problem is, I haven’t been able to “go and sin no more.” I try – but I just keep stumbling.

I was recently thinking about all of the poor, hungry people in the world. And then, I looked down at my feet. I was wearing a new pair of Cole Haan loafers I purchased in New York last weekend. That reminded me that on the same trip, I found another pair of loafers at Banana Republic – and they were on sale. So I bought them too.

And yet, during my posh weekend stay at the Essex House on Central Park South, 48,000 people on this earth died from issues related to hunger. I know that my greed and lack of financial generosity is sinful. And yet, last night I spent $30 on dinner with friends at Rudino’s Rooftop Bar. I’m clearly not sinning no more.

Maybe some of you have this figured out. Maybe you read “go and sin no more” and you stop.

I often do not. And so, I’m going to work to clean “the inside of my cup and dish” before I criticize the outward appearance of your cup and dish.

But once mine is clean, Katie bar the door – I’m gonna point out everything you do wrong!

Sunday Post 70: Amendment 1

Posted by Danny

This week in North Carolina we vote on Amendment 1.  This amendment to our state constitution would “limit the types of domestic unions valid or recognized”.  There are arguments that say that the amendment would hurt both same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.  But don’t get confused, people are basically voting on whether to give rights to gays.

I think I understand both sides of the argument.  Those who want to vote for the amendment consider homosexuality a sin.  I’m pretty sure you could find supporting documentation of that in the bible – or at a minimum you could interpret that as a general sentiment, at least in the Old Testament.

On the other side, there seems to be a strong feeling that everyone deserves equal rights regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or the color of your skin.

I think we all have to vote our conscience on May 8 – that’s the right thing to do.  But I’ll have to say that this amendment has made me think – it’s made me think about how we, as Christians, sometimes treat others who were also created in the image of God.

Not only does the bible say that sexual impurity is a sin, but it also says that all sin is created equally.  That is unfortunate for me.  If I was being judged only on the amount of sex I’ve had with other men, I’d be golden – a shoo-in for entrance into the Pearly Gates.  Unfortunately, I fear they’re also keeping tabs on greed, envy, lies, gossip, lack of compassion, lack of humility and also the sexually impure thoughts I have (I’m a single man people, I have thoughts.)

I wish I could say that I lacked humility once and learned my lesson.  Unfortunately, that is probably a sin I’ll struggle to keep in tact until the day I die.  Oh – and you can probably classify the others in that category as well although I’ve almost mastered honoring my father and mother.

And I’ve thought about Jesus.  How  do I think He would react to this law?  I think He’d do the same thing He did when the Pharisees asked him about paying taxes – I believe He said, “Give Caesar what is his” (i.e. – don’t bother me with this earthly crap, I’ve got people to love and souls to save).

I don’t think He condemned the woman at the well.  I think He loved her.  Others ostracised her – because to them she was impure.  Yea – well so am I.

I am thankful that there isn’t a law that keeps those who gossip from having a legal union because if there was, my future possibilities for marriage would be much slimmer.

And what would Jesus do if He was in Raleigh on May 8?  I believe He would refuse to vote and would instead go to lunch with the first gay couple He encountered and possibly a gossiper who thinks too highly of himself.  That’s what I think He’d do.

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