The City Has Been Polluted
Read Hebrews Chapter 13
Heb 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
There are not many other scripture passages which have greater application to the SSA man and woman than this passage does. The imagery is so very clear! In my mind I see the “city” as our world in which we live. In the scripture, the reference was to the city of Jerusalem. The Jewish nation revered Jerusalem as their symbol of hope for deliverance and salvation. Within it was the temple, their representation of God. But over the centuries, the Jews had turned their worship of God into little more than a ritual that had lost its meaning.
Our “Jerusalem” is the world in which we live. God is no longer the center of man’s hope. The “city” has been filled up with all sorts of things that are meant to satisfy mankind’s desire for fulfillment. Each man has chosen something to worship which he believes will fill that hole in his heart (as referred to yesterday). Time and time again, he comes to the altar of his desires and tries one more time to see if his life will become what he wishes it to be, and bows down before his personal worship icon.
For much too long, I believed that same-sex attraction was that icon which would deliver me from my hopelessness and despair. No matter how many times I fell at the feet of that altar, it left me more empty than before.
This passage from Hebrews clearly shows us the solution to our problem. The “city” is not the answer to our dilemma. Just as Jesus left the city in order to suffer in our behalf, we have to also leave the city to find our fulfillment. Our same-sex lusts and actions will always leave us wanting more than it can provide. That fake altar cannot do anything worthwhile for us. We must leave it and follow Christ outside the city. We must go to Him there and bear the disgrace He bore (verse 13). Our “city” is not an enduring city. We are looking for a city that is to come (verse 14).
How many times do we have to approach our false altar and walk away disappointed before our thick skulls finally understand the truth. Our world is not our home. Everything is it is destined to perish. There is no way that any of us can fail to understand that our same-sex desires are going to perish. Everything we have relied on in that world is worthless trash. Our city will not only come to decay, it will lead all who worship it to come to decay as well.
Holiness will be found outside our city. That is where He died for us and that is where we will die to our false idol. We must hasten to it now, and no longer waste our time and energies in the city of decay and destruction.
Prayer: Lord, that city still looks good at times. We’ve spent much too much time there. We’ve also been outside the city, and we know that it is where we must go and stay. There You are, with all the hope and fulfillment that any of us can ever need. Help us erect a gate to that city which will prevent us ever entering it again.