In 2009 I spent ten days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to going, I spent time researching the country, its people, and the state religion of Malaysia—Islam. Months before my trip I called one of my Malaysian friends and asked her a number of questions about how the Christian Church is treated in her country. Her answer both surprised and comforted me. She said, “We are guests of Islam and Islam is a gracious host. We are guaranteed freedom of religion, worship and practice as long as we do not proselytize (seek to convert others).”
Alan and I have a 7 and an 8-year-old running around our house, so the call for “fairness” is a big deal. Phrases like, “Mom, that’s not fair! Isaac just…” or “Dad, that’s not fair! Molly didn’t …” can often be heard floating around our house. Such complaints are usually met with one of us saying something to the effect of, “Life’s not fair, honey. Go play (or go clean your room or whatever it was they were supposed to be doing in the first place).”
Jesus, friend of sinners We have strayed so far away We cut down people in your name But the sword was never ours to swing Jesus, friend of sinners The truth’s become so hard to see The world is on their way to You But they’re tripping over me
Have you ever wondered what people think of you? As my husband is Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, I have. At present, he is somewhat of a conundrum for a lot of people. There seems to be some confusion about who he is, what he is saying and what he stands for. Here it is in a nutshell: while he has repeatedly stated his biblically orthodox view of sexuality, he has also stated his belief that one particular sin is not some how more offensive to God than another. As his wife, I have stayed out of most of the chaos but there are a few things that I cannot be silent about any longer. So here it goes…
Leslie and I decided many months ago we were done watching people fight on the news and got rid of cable. Now when we sit down to watch TV we pick a feel good movie off of Netflix. It’s glorious. If it weren’t for the emails that came into Exodus we would have completely missed that the Supreme Court was deliberating on gay marriage.
For those of you who know Jesus, I encourage you to come out of the proverbial closet with your messy stories. Share them as you would a beautiful mosaic that makes you you and God, well, God. Point to the events where you have been shattered. Reveal your human scars. Showcase your new heart. Celebrate God’s grace.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ, consider this: He takes anyone in. The more broken you are, the more amazing His gift of a new heart is. He’s not looking for perfection, He knows it’s unattainable—hence the need for His birth, death and resurrection.
Wondering if you’re disqualified? Impossible this side of death. Trust Him; it will change everything.
I have started a new tradition. I will now be taking each January off with my wife and kids. So, no blogging, no commenting, no email, just my family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in February—rested, recharged and ready.
Merry Christmas, Alan & Leslie Chambers