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Published on Aug 27, 2009
The reality is that life is messy, says Jay Bakker in an interview with ThinkFwd host, Spencer Burke. We can respond out of fear and avoid both people and life, or we can follow the gospel and live lives full of love, grace and hope. Bakker wants to follow the second path. Speaking from personal experience, he says pastors need to be transparent—not to condone sin—but to live in reality and help people see that because life is messy and we have sin and problems—that is why we need redemption.
Part of loving people is practicing restoration and forgiveness. Jay learned a lot about forgiveness from his parents. In fact, he says, I thought they were idiots for being so forgiving—for the people they forgave. I would say, Where is the justice? when they would forgive.
But when Jay took some personal hits for taking a stance on gay and lesbian issues, saying he did not think a person could change their sexuality, he began to study and pray about it. He became more and more convicted that we are called to forgive, to love, and to restore people.
Gods restoration is better than new and not limited or constrained like peoples restoration often is—a reality of our human natures. But thankfully, Gods mind doesnt work like ours, and Bakker encourages us to follow in Gods example where love covers a multitude of sins, and casts out fear.