Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 53 (King James Version)

1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
6Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


Reflection

We tend to think of a fool as a very stupid person. That is not quite the way the Bible pictures a foolish person. The Nelson Study Bible notes that the word fool means spiritual or moral insensitivity. Those who are not spiritually sensitive deny there is a God.

In the Old Testament, we see God taking on the physical enemies of His people. The Old Testament paints a picture of God winning military battles, of destroying the enemies of the children of Israel. There is some thought that this passage is prophetic, looking forward to the end of the world, when the wicked will be destroyed.

The injustices against God's queer people will end. The pain, the gay bashing, the hate crimes will cease. A time is coming when those who have inflicted so much suffering on God's queer tribe will answer for what they have done. With the psalmist, God's queer children can look forward to being liberated from spiritual and political captivity. And like the psalmist, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people can rejoice in that hope.