“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” —1 Corinthians 15:54
Fortune Cookie sayings for this new day dawning: Your great-great-great grandfather resurrected stops by to say hello. Every pony you bet on at the track wins today and tomorrow. Your least favorite body part is glorified. You look marvelous. This cookie contains all the money you will ever need. See attached. Look to your left. The person sitting there loves you. Look to your right. The person sitting there loves you. Ask your waiter for another glass of water. He loves you. You love everyone. You kiss everyone. Everyone kisses you. You never have any reason to cry or get angry. Lucky numbers: all. This is the last fortune cookie ever. Beware of absolutely nothing.
When his son came out as gay, the man said, he just did not know what to think. To make sense of it he would have to rethink his stance on homosexuality. And he felt that if he rethought that, he would have to rethink everything about his faith. All of a sudden he felt like he was on sinking sand.
At the time, I couldn’t find the words I wanted to speak to this man who so clearly loves his son and loves his Lord. Since then, I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering this cry from a devout Christian’s heart. Perhaps I have the words now.