reload The Race by Maurice McCracken

Thursday, November 17, 2005

talking to deviants....

posted by Little Mo | Permalink | 5 comments
Acts 8 @ Liverpool CU last night - actually, I've spoken on it already and it's only now blowing me away.

Acts 8 - all about The Holy Spirit working to bring the Gospel to the nations. And the first Gentile convert; the ethiopian eunuch.

Eunuch. Think about that for a second. What a twisted life this guy must have had. Even the concept raises all sots of questions... "how do you become....", "how does he....", "why would you....."
How would we deal with someone at church today who wandered in, who was a eunuch - a sexual deviance more severe than one we are ever likely to come across? Probably be a bit awkward. All the "lads" would likely assume he was gay and steer clear. All the girls, probably find his job working in a hareem a bit creepy and back off a bit.

What does the Holy Spirit have his servant do? Snuggle up beside him in his chariot and explain the Gospel. And he becomes the first Gentile to accept the Gospel, and goes on his way rejoicing. When God opens the Gospel up to people like me (Gentiles) he opens it up to people like...everybody. When the Holy Spirit works in Christians lives, they share the Gospel with everyone. I was about to say even those who are totally and (in the eunuch's case) irreparably messed up physically and socially. I don't mean even, though, I think I mean especially.

Lord - when was it that the church started socially sifting who the Gospel was for? Holy Spirit move us to share it with those who WE put beyond the pale, but who you have opened it up to.

Grace is grace.