Homosaintuality

HOMOSAINTUALITY – (from HOMO – “same” + SAINT – “a believer in Christ”) – a sameness within a body of saints (believers), wherein no allowances are made for differences in preferences for peripheral issues.

I don’t know if this term, i.e., “homosaintuality,” makes sense to you, but I came up with it after church a few weeks ago.  Our pastor had preached a sermon from Romans that challenged our congregation to evaluate the genuineness of our love and “brotherly affection” for one another.  It challenged us to consider whether we were trying to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10), and whether we were loving our enemies and treating others better than they deserve.  As an illustration he shared an experience from his days as an associate pastor, when he had walked into the church parking lot after services and spied two cars parked next to each other.  One bore a “Gore for President” bumper sticker, the other a “Bush for President” sticker.  His conclusion was, “This is how it ought to be.”

It made me think about how I’ve gone about choosing where to worship.  I don’t know that I can say that choosing a church where a variety of opinions were represented was always my top priority.    But now that I’m convinced that I should enthusiastically worship with people who have different preferences for peripheral issues, I see that it is in fact a much better representation of the Church at large.  And I shouldn’t just tolerate others’ differences with a secret agenda to win them over to “my side.”

Here are some questions I’ve asked myself:  Do I worship with those who vote differently than I do?  Do I worship with those of other races?  Do I worship with people of various ages?  Do I worship with those who dress differently than I do?  Do I worship with those who listen to music I don’t like?  Do I worship with those who make educational choices for their children that differ from my own?  Do I worship with women who work outside their homes?  Do I worship with women who choose to be homemakers?  Do I worship with people who have more money than I do?  Do I worship with those who have less money than I do?  Do I worship with people who have children?  Do I worship with people who have no children?

I’m sure I could think of more questions to add to my list, and I’m sure you could make up your own list.  It’s our answers that should concern us.  If we can’t answer “yes” to the majority of these questions, we need to ask if we are homosaintuals by choice or by coincidence.  If we are homosaintuals by choice, we need to see how our choice puts us at odds with the gospel.  If we are homosaintuals by coincidence, we need to ask what we can do to welcome people of various peripheral persuasions to our congregations.

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11 thoughts on “Homosaintuality

  1. That’s good…really good. I imagine you answered yes to every question you asked, and that should assure you that our church is heading in the right direction as we work to spread the gospel of Christ in the West Valley.

  2. And the next question to ask is how do I respond to all the people who fit into the categories that don’t match mine own; as I swallow hard…

  3. Sabrina, this is very good. I love the word and I love the fact that when I read it my soul did NOT desire it. It’s taken me a long time and some rough times to get to the point of appreciating different types of people and loving them with Christ’s love. In our flesh we would only be drawn to people who think like us. It’s so easy to love and get along with people who think just like you, it’s like loving yourself. I remember Josh Harris saying something to that affect in a sermon when we were visiting his church in Maryland.

    Remember “Gospel Amnesia Part 8: The Romans 14 Test,” I think that would help us think through our reactions to people who have made choices that we don’t like or disagree with. The key here is humility, a Christ-like meekness.

  4. Definitely right there with you, Luma. Yes, “humility” and Christ-like meekness” are essential! I almost wish I would have waited until after today’s message on Romans 14:1-23 to post this blog. Our pastor listed (his) “Top Ten Secondary Issues – again not that these things aren’t important, but they are secondary, and should not divide us:
    10) The Federal Vision
    9) Courting vs. Dating
    8) End-Times Views
    7) Relationship between Faith and Science
    6) Politics
    5) Education
    4) Women’s Ordination
    3) Baptism
    2) Issues of Liberty; e.g., smoking, drinking, clothing, tattoos, etc.
    1) Styles of Worship

  5. I just listened to/watched a DVD last night by Fr. Robert Barron who advocated that dialogue and argument are good for Christianity!

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