Denarius
Whose inscription is on this coin?

I am continually confronted in the media by Christians opposing various laws relating to same sex marriage and homosexuality. To me, it doesn’t seem very Christ-like at all. Jesus would have been the one embracing the homosexual and sharing a meal with them, and he would have been the last to condemn. Jesus was God’s ambassador of love and he would have loved homosexual people just as he loves me.

That is not to say that neither of us are broken. We are. He loves us anyway.

As for the Christians that are fighting these things at a policy level, my response is one that Jesus said in Matthew 22:15-22 (New International Version) regarding paying taxes.

Quoting from verses 19 – 21:

19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

The laws are only going to reflect community values at the time they are made. These laws are not God’s values, but then again, they are not God’s laws either. If we ostracise homosexuals in the community, they will be treated that way in law sooner or later. It seems to me that we are having this debate because some of the community is reaching out in love and trying to respect human rights. Meanwhile, another part of the community is stuck in legalism. Jesus was more concerned with the individual.

So let them argue with Caesar, but let me warmly embrace homosexuals and homosexual couples in my world. That’s not behaviour condoned, nor is it condemned. Let my behaviour be a reminder to these people that Christ welcomes them, Christ loves them, Christ died for them, as he did for me.

Amen.