Jesus Christ welcomes sinners. He wants us to acknowledge and repent of our sins, but He does not identify us by our sinful desires and inclinations.
It is for this reason that I, a confessional Lutheran, am appreciative of the documentary produced by Blackstone Films to help the Catholic Church share its view on homosexuality. The film is entitled The Third Way. MercatorNet notes that even though it is “not perfect” and features “stereotypical religious” settings, the film is powerfully compelling because of the “authentic, convincing and coherent” voices of seven men and women who live with same-sex attraction. These men and women do not deny their personality nor do they argue that same-sex attraction must lead to same-sex lifestyle and same-sex “marriage”. They confess that homosexuality is a sin even as they confess the struggle to live self-controlled and pure lives. In the struggle, however, comes joy. Joy comes when we relinquish our own identity and, in Jesus Christ, see ourselves the way God sees us.
The Word tells us to remember Whose we are and to live accordingly. In Baptism, Jesus assures our true identity as sons and daughters of God through His sacrificial and redemptive work. What does this mean? It means that we are daily called to resist the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature. It means that we are not common for use by anyone, but uncommon for use in the hands of the holy God.
I am especially appreciative of The Third Way because, for many years, I have been moved by the stories of men and women who were caught in a lifestyle shaped by the lie of a homosexual identity. Their life experiences and encouragement of the Holy Spirit motivate me to speak Truth on their behalf. Forgiven of every sin, the repentant sinner stands at the foot of the Cross where we hear Jesus say: Come! Deny yourself! Take up your cross and follow Me! Lose your life and in Me you will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25).
Please. Take the time to watch this film. Its message is for all who are deceived by mistaken identity.
Linda Bartlett is the author of
The Failure of Sex Education in the Church:
Mistaken Identity, Compromised Purity (Amazon)