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[生命故事] 當愛鄰舍如同自己 (朱曉英) When I love my neighbor as myself

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◎朱曉英


之前,聽說反同聯盟又在號召民眾,走上街頭,不免暗自期望:12/3最好下大雨,澆醒所有盲從的群眾。但是,上帝卻給了一個風和日麗的好天氣。據稱:總統府前凱達格蘭大道上,以及台中水利會廣場,和高雄夢時代的時代大道,同時聚集了近20萬的人潮。相信,其中多半是我的基督徒弟兄姊妹與牧者;而且,絕大多數的人,都是被各種蓄意渲染與捏造的傳言和恐嚇影片,給嚇出來的。

自從2013年的1130以來,總是納悶:這許多的基督徒,難道都不讀聖經嗎?牧者們又怎能違背自己每個主日在台上所傳講的,而至心裡迷誤,不認識主的道路?

對於所有恐同與反同的基督徒們,我想要提醒的是:萬物因他而有、藉他而造的那位,已經作了新約的中保。使所有的人,憑著神的旨意,藉著耶穌基督,就可以因信稱義。舊約的祭司制度既然更改了,律法也必須更改。不要再拿「從來無法使什麼得到完全」的律法,來論斷和定罪他人,彷彿把主再次釘上十架,公然羞辱。負責立法與審判的,只有那位能拯救、也能毀滅人的神。要進入神的安息。主來的日子近了。不要在這末世只積聚屬世的保障。舊約中,上帝只要我們存心謙卑,與祂同行公義憐憫;新約中,主耶穌也只要求我們敬神愛人。在父神看來,真正的虔誠,就是照顧弱勢,並且不同流合污。不要單單聽道,應該確實行道,愛人如己。因為對不行憐憫的人,審判他們的時候,就沒有憐憫。

所以,上帝沒有用天氣攔阻,卻任憑眾人湧上街頭,為了顯明:除了那些如同奪財害命的強盜般,以假見證污衊同志、恐嚇大眾的反同聯盟主謀之外,還有多少牧者和基督徒,也像耶穌比喻中的祭司和利未人,無情地從那傷者身邊經過,順便再丟幾塊石頭?

耶穌的兄弟雅各曾勸誡說:不可對人有歧視,成了心懷惡意的審判官。...若照著聖經「要愛人如己」,去完成這至尊的律法,你們就作對了。如果你們憑外貌(或是任何條件和理由)而給人不同的待遇(如訂立非優惠性的歧視專法),就是犯罪,律法就要裁定你們是犯法的。我們知道是誰說過「伸冤在我,我必報應」和「主必定審判他自己的子民」。落在永活的神手中,真是可怕的。

萬物的結局近了。願大家謹記主的命令:當愛鄰舍如同自己。


In the past, when I heard that the anti-homosexual alliance is calling upon the public to protest on the streets again, I can’t help but secretly hope that it would rain heavily on the third of December, waking the crowd who blindly followed. However, God gave clear skies and good weather. There was close to 200,000 people in total who gathered in total at the Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the president’s office, the plaza in front of the Taichung Irrigation Association and on Shidai Boulevard in front of Kaohsiung Dream Mall. I believe that more than half of them are brothers and sisters in Christ and pastors. Moreover, most of them have been influenced by false rumors and threatening video clips, and are driven by fear.


Since 30th November 2013, I have been distressed. Are there so many Christians who did not read the Bible? How can the pastors go against what they have preached on the stage every Sunday service, and be lost and confused, not recognizing the ways of the Lord?


To all Christians who have fear of homosexuals or are against homosexuality, I would like to remind you about this: All things are created by God, exist because of Him and has a covenant in the New Testament. Hence all people, based on God’s will, through Jesus Christ, can be justified by faith. Since the priesthood system in the Old Testament has been changed, the laws must also be changed. Don’t use the law of “there is nothing that has ever made something whole” to judge and condemn someone else, as if nailing the Lord on the cross again and publicly shaming Him. The responsibility of writing laws and judgement belongs only to the God who is capable of saving and destroying humanity. We need to enter God’s rest. The day of the Lord is coming. During the end times, do not accumulate reassurances of the world. In the Old Testament, God only wants us to be humble and partner with him for the works of justice and compassion. In the New Testament, Lord Jesus only requires us to respect God and love people. To God the Father, true faith is taking care of those who are weaker, and not being in company of those who are doing evil. Do not only listen to God’s word but live out God’s word to love others as ourselves. This is because during the time of judgement, those who are not compassionate, will not receive compassion.


Hence, God did not stop them using the weather, but allowed the crowd to gather in the streets to show that besides the thieves who steal money or destroy lives, using false testimony to defame homosexuals, and the anti-homosexual alliance who is causing fear to the public, there are many pastors and Christians, who are like the priest and Levite in Jesus’ story who heartlessly pass by the person who was wounded, and throw a few stones at the same time.


Jesus’ brother James once warned “have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” We know who said before “It is mine to avenge; I will repay” and “The Lord will judge his people”. Ending up in the hands of the eternal God is very scary. The end of all things is near. May everyone remember the Lord’s command – love our neighbors as ourselves.


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