Romans 9:25-26

Romans 9:25-26

“As indeed he says in Hosea, ‘Those who are not my people I will call, my people, and her who was not beloved I will call beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘you are not my people’ there they shall be called children of the living God.”

Reflection:

With the New Testament and the new covenant proposed by Jesus, the rules and old Mosaic Law that held an entire nation-state in bondage to sacrifice for their sin was now rescinded and rendered obsolete. The promise of salvation becomes much more approachable now. The New Testament opens the door for those who have long felt rejected, isolated, and unworthy. Jesus speaks of salvation being available to Gentiles as well as Jews. Jesus speaks of love and forgiveness being freely offered to any one who comes to Him for salvation and forgiveness of sin. The labels of distinction no longer matter. The distinctions themselves no longer matter. In the eyes of Jesus, all God’s creation has value and is worthy of redemption. Jesus sees beauty in all people and has hope for all people.

The LGBT community may think they do not belong because someone may make a claim or site some Biblical Scripture or read a passage from the Qu’ran or Talmud or Torah. The truth is, God wants to restore relationships and to redeem all of humanity and set right the relationships that have been broken by sin, ignorance, hatred, bigotry, and discrimination.  In the Christian faith-culture, God sends Christ, His, to restore those relationships and to make salvation available to not just the 12 tribes of Israel or to a select few or to a clique of high priests or prophets, but to all of humanity– if they only believe that salvation is possible through God.

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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