Why do we sometimes build expectations that the self-sacrificial mysteries of marriage must make us unhappy to make us more like Jesus? And where does that leave those to whom God has given happiness and ease in marriage—or in life for that matter? Are the happy and less afflicted believers less holy than those who suffer?
The inclination to create realities in which we are best served and most comfortable is a pervasive sin pattern we all share. But it stops us from getting to real hope that is offered because we settle for the cheap comfort of our own saccharine imaginings.
"But I thought . . . " we say. And we're stopped short. Our breath is caught. And another dream didn't end well, but unwell things in us ended as a result.
As she often and shockingly does, Miley Cyrus recently grabbed the headlines with her claim to be “pansexual.” Apparently, this means she doesn’t relate to being male or female or gay or transgendered or gender-fluid. It also means any sexual partner of hers doesn’t need to relate to being male or female or gay or transgendered or gender-fluid. So, Miley Cyrus is pansexual: she’s inclusive of all genders. Can we say that God is like Miley Cyrus, being inclusive of all genders?