The Great Physician Is Not Jack Kevorkian

Would Jesus stone fags?  It’s an interesting hypothetical, and brethren will argue themselves blue in the face over whether Christ would have kept the Old Testament law in its entirety (per Matthew 5:17, of course) or whether he would be merciful and spared them their punishment.

Of course, the hypothetical itself misses the point of Christ’s ministry.  Christ was not here to kill people.  He wasn’t even here to condemn people (though that would be an inevitable consequence of his example).  Rather, Christ came to seek and save those who were lost.  He was the great physician, and he came to save lives, not take them.

Throughout Christ’s ministry, it is readily apparent that his actions are motivated by the overriding desire to save men’s souls.  And just as a physician’s treatment varies by pathology and the progression thereof, so too did Christ’s treatment of others vary by the pathology and progression of sin in their lives.

Christ was not harsh with the Pharisees because he hated them and wanted to see them rot in the bowels of Hell.  If that were indeed the case, he need only have called a couple of angels to escort the Pharisees to Satan’s bosom.  Rather, Christ’s harshness towards the Pharisees can be explained by his desire to save them.  These people were dying of spiritual cancer but were too stubborn or ignorant to recognize that they were ill.  It’s like an obese person thinking he’s fine because he hasn’t ever had a stroke.  Christ was trying to wake them up to their current state, not send them to hell.

Consequently, he was often gentler to those who already recognized their spiritual malady.  If you recognize that you have sinned, and you know where to go to find a cure, there is no need to lecture you about doing what’s best for your spiritual health.  Thus, Christ’s gentleness towards certain sinners can be explained by the fact that these sinners had already been diagnosed and were ready to receive a remedy.

No physician needs to lecture a patient who recognizes that he’s sick and is willing to take his medicine.  Lectures are reserved for the obstinate.  Jesus, like any wise doctor, discerned which patients wanted to take care of themselves and which patients were being obstinate.

The lesson to learn from this, to draw us back to the original question, is that Christ would not have stoned fags—or adulterers, or murderers, or even money-changers.  In fact, he wouldn’t even have entertained the question because, fundamentally, Christ was concerned with something more important:  the salvation of men’s souls.

Therefore, the lesson for us to draw from this is that our concern should not be with enforcing morality or punishing evil-doers.  It is enough for each of us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.   Rather, our concern should be with curing the spiritual sickness of sin, first in ourselves, then perhaps in others.  We shouldn’t worry about condemning others—God has that covered anyway—we should focus on helping them.