Ok, so I was just flipping through the news and saw the headline screaming that, “Christian music star Jennifer Knapp comes back and comes out”. What to make of this. In flipping through a couple articles on the topic, it seems the debate amongst people is should we just accept the fact that some Christians are gay and let them be, there’s nothing they can do about it after all. The other side of the debate seems to suggest that we should avoid them like the plague. Now I don’t want to jump into the middle of this already heated topic, but I do want to explore something she said in the article.
“I would rather be judged before God as being an honest human being,” she said. “If I am in any way unpleasing in his sight, I can only hope and pray that he gives me the opportunity to find who I am supposed to be.”
The bible clearly teaches that being in a homosexual relationship is sin. Now here is what I want to look at. Does having an area of your life that you are tempted with sin, and you struggle and fight to overcome that sin, does that make you dishonest? If you have a problem with lying, does that make you a liar? If you struggle with adultery, does that make you an evil person? If you, like in this case, struggle with homosexuality, does that make you gay and there’s nothing you can do about it? If you are what you struggle with, should you just accept it and live it out? If you were to apply reductio ad absurdum to this question, the obvious answer would be no. The bible is full of examples of people who fall into sin. One of the best examples is David.
2 Sam. 11:1-5 starts the story where David sees Bathsheba, calls her to the palace, sleeps with her and she gets pregnant. David goes on to kill her husband and take her as his wife. There are a lot of things that David did wrong. In fact, when you read through the account of David’s life, he sins alot! However, David repents and is restored (there were many consequences for his actions, but that’s another study).
We all have areas that we struggle with, but that doesn’t mean we should just give in. David is remembered throughout the bible as having a heart after God’s own. How could this be with so many problems? It’s because he never gave in to his sin and allow it to control his life, when he messed up, he repented. He allowed God to constantly shape and mold him to become the man he was supposed to be. When we give up fighting and let sin have it’s way in us, we will NEVER become who we’re supposed to be. In fact, you won’t find the path you should be following because you’re allowing your own inadequacies to come between you and God. Prov. 3:5-6 says that we are to not lean on our own understanding, but to trust God, acknowledge him in all our ways, then he will direct our path.
It’s sad to see someone like Jennifer who has given up to their sin, but if anything, it should be a reminder that we all need to stay diligent, if we feel like we’re being dishonest, check our actions against the word of God. If we’re struggling in an area, repent. Make changes in your life. Don’t allow sin to sideline us permanently. I pray that she does find her path, though she will have a long road in front of her because of how long she has been living in defeat. But, no matter how far we’ve fallen, God is willing and ready to restore our fellowship with him. Living for God never makes you dishonest. Maybe it’s a struggle for you, but just because it’s a struggle doesn’t mean you’re living a lie.