Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog for women posted recently on the moral universe of Glee and how creator Ryan Murphy has become an evangelist, touting the message of tolerance to viewers each week on prime-time television. The post discusses how Glee does a great job of bringing to light various social issues however it stands on the platform that we as people should accept ourselves and others just as we are. Her.meneutics then says:
But the Christian story tells us that we are born broken, and that we need to be transformed; that we must put off the old self, and be made new. I believe this to be true; but beyond that, I believe it to be a better story, every time, than a story about a person who learns to accept herself the way she is.
I certainly believe that Jesus fully loves and accepts each of us exactly as we are, no matter where we’ve been. But I love how this post has clearly pointed out that our Savior is a God of transforming grace and His gospel is not meant to be received as one great meal but as an eternal feast of mercy, kindness, love and yes…even gentle correction that will no doubt change us.
For those of us who come from a past where we have sinned in the most colorful ways or have been sinned against…whether we come from a life of crime, substance abuse, promiscuity or even prostitution, or if we’ve been sinned against by those we should trust most, our parents and caregivers… many of us can rightly blame our current condition on our past or maybe even our DNA. But the gospel of Jesus allows us to be set free from our past. That which we’ve done and that which has been done to us.
Jesus didn’t freely die upon the cross so things could remain the same. His blood was shed for a new covenant to bring change to the human race, one soul at a time.
Let us love one another exactly where we are but let’s also love one another enough and in ways that point to Christ who will never leave us unchanged.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17