The Parable of the Gay Muslim

“Whom should I love?”

A man was travelling through a bad part of the city when he was jumped by muggers, shot, robbed, and left for dead. A pastor walked by, but when he saw the beaten man, he avoided going near him. After him, a Christian blogger who staunchly defends the truth online saw the bloody man, and pretended not to notice. But a gay Muslim was passing through and when he saw the victim, took pity on him. He went to him, cleaned bandaged his wounds, put him inside his own car, took him to the hospital, and volunteered to pay the bills for the wounded victim. He then came by the day afterward to check in on the man and make sure he had everything he needed.

Which person loved well?

Adapted from Luke 10:25-37
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A guide for Extended Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name

  • Talk to God about your relationship with Him as His child. How do you feel about calling Him your Father?
    • Talk to God about ways He has acted as your good Father.
    • Ask God how He feels about you as His child.
    • Talk with God about the spiritual family you have.
    • Pray about what God is like. His power. His goodness. His Holiness.
    • Ask God about how you are doing at representing His name.
  • Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
    • Ask God to help you seek His kingdom in your thoughts. Your desires. Your actions.
    • Admit areas where you are seeking your own kingdom and will over His. Ask Him to change your motivation.
    • Pray about how you can participate in His kingdom and will
    • Pray for those in your life who are not in God’s kingdom
    • Ask for God to reach them
  • Give us this day our daily bread
    • What do you need to faithfully live in God’s kingdom? Ask God for that.
    • Who in your life doesn’t have what they need? Ask God to show you how you can help them.
    • What areas of your life are you living in excess? Ask God to show you what is really necessary for you to spend on yourself. Ask for help being content.
    • Thank God for everything He has given you.
  • Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors
    • What is hard about asking for forgiveness? Pray about it.
    • Are there sins in your life you have become comfortable with?
    • Ask God to search you and show you areas you need to repent of.
    • Pray for forgiveness. Talk with God about the ways that it’s hard for you to live for Him. Ask for His help.
    • Receive God’s grace. Thank Him for already paying for the cost of your sin through Jesus. Talk about how you feel about Jesus’ death and resurrection.
    • Who in your life might you need to forgive? Pray for them. Ask for God’s help.
  • Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
    • What temptations do you know are a problem for you? Ask for God’s strength.
    • How can you be more alert for temptation? Ask God to help you.
    • Remember that God is stronger than Satan. Ask God to help

Can we make sense of all this death?

San Bernadino. Paris. The Middle East. Look in the rear-view and we see Sandy Hook, Columbine at the previous intersection, and a highway behind us of people killing people. At every occurrence the world seems shocked and horrified, as if such things are surprising. But if we had been paying attention, this is exactly what we should expect. It makes perfect sense.

… and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” – James 1:15

I’m going to pause for a moment so that I’m not mistaken for someone who has never experienced loss and therefore just blames abstract notions. I have friends who are dead – friends who are dead because someone decided to kill them.

But we know that these things should not be. Something inside us screams each time this happens: THIS SHOULD NOT BE. And yet it is, over and over and over. We’re right though, this should not be. But why should things be different, and more importantly, where did we go so very wrong?

There was a time, at the beginning, when we instead of going wrong we went right. 

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them…

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:27, 31

Humanity was made to be in a perfect relationship of love with the One who made us and with one another. We’ve lost a sense of the first part, but most of us living on this world still have a firm idea on the second. We know we should have peace. We were made for it. And we all have the deepest longings to return to it. That is what it is that cries out within us when tragedy strikes. It is a remnant of the image that God has put in each of us. This is the only way to explain our outrage and horror at something that seems a part of daily life in a world without universal morality.

God has already told us where we went wrong.

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

Christianity has always had the answer as to why …