June 21

Galatians 3:27-29

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Paul is ecstatic at the good news he has for the Galatians. They’d long been bound by restrictions and limitations…from birth they had learned to categorize people and make distinctions. There was a rigid hierarchy and not much wiggle room…once a person was labelled an outsider, that’s where they remained. Paul says, “No more! All are one in Christ Jesus!” Because his insight cuts across the grain of our human inclinations, the Church has had a dickens of a time living into the new reality that Paul describes. We’ve seen that in recent years as we’ve done battle over the issue of human sexuality in our denominations. So many absolutely refuse to acknowledge that gay persons belong to the unity that is ours in Christ Jesus. But not everyone feels that way! There are those among us who believe that we are all children of God and that the Christ does not distinguish between gay or straight. We see them speaking the truth boldly and putting their convictions into action. As a result thousands of gay persons are finding communities of faith where they can put their amazing Spiritual gifts to work. What a blessing it is to rub shoulders with all God’s children under the mantle of Christ! Those who were rejected have become the cornerstone!

Thought for the Day: What special gifts do gay people have to share?

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