Is 56: 4 For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5 Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.
In the midst of the controversy surrounding the song “The Greatest Place – City Harvest Church”, looking past the worship of Kong Hee by the youths, the song is ultimately about the legacy of Pastor Kong in the lives of the youths for which he was their idol.It was not just any legacy but the CHC youths were his legacy, for Kong Hee’s words had made an impact to their hearts, gave them them love and freedom.
The legacy of Kong Hee is ever lasting, for whatever the outcome of the court investigations against him for financial misappropriations, he was a world changer and a history maker. He grew CHC from a cell group to a church of 33,000 and along with it help to setup 50 other churches. Will his legacy be harmed?
We all yearn for a legacy to leave a name that the future generations will remember. When we are gone and out from the scene who will people remember us as?
Legacy is carried by the impact we make on the lives of others. Typically, our legacy is given to our descendents who will hopefully remember and honour our name as one who gave them life.
When we are near the end of our life, and death could be figurative (like going to jail, loosing our job, our family), or getting very old in age, we begin to think about our legacy. Will it be everlasting?
In Is 56:4-6, the Eunuchs were not allowed to enter the house of God (because they were considered unclean being castrated). They had to stay beyond the outer courts or simply slip in quietly without being known.
They had wanted to be accepted because in their hearts and soul, they had no legacy. They may have wealth and properties, but they had no children to leave to. Their names will soon be forgotten, their very existence forgotten very soon in the annals of history.
Under the religious law, nothing could be done. There was no grace or mercy even though these Eunuchs were castrated since young to service in the house of the royalties and not because of the fault of their own.
It is curious why the writer of Isaiah had raised the issue of the Eunuch and linked it to the coming of the Messiah when the number of Eunuchs were insignificant especially in this 21st century.
Was the author of Isaiah referring to natural Eunuchs (born as such from the mother’s womb) which then and today would have made up 5 to 10% of the general population. Perhaps the author of Isaiah was gay himself, had no children, and knew that he would have no legacy in the land of the living.
The hopes and aspirations of the Prophet was projected into the coming of the Messiah, the coming of Jesus. It was not only acceptance within the religious courts which was for a moment in time but he wanted an everlasting legacy – his name to be remembered by God.
The prophet saw into the future that in the Messiah, gays who were searching for a legacy would find it in Him. It would be a reign of God’s love, grace and mercy to redeem and to recompense what was lost and denied.
Gays were denied a legacy, but Jesus the Messiah would give them a supernatural legacy to be specially remembered and treasured by God whence others only have had a legacy to be remembered by their descendents.
It is strange that some churches see homosexuality only as an issue of injustice and inequality which it is. But the church is not only a social action group where those who are accepted and reconciled their faith and sexuality then goes out to help those less fortunate.
Why would gays stay in queer churches? for many gay Christians are not looking only for a church to accept them, or a place where they can do ministry, or for kinship which they can find outside the church, but for a place where they can find their legacy in Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life back to God .
A large majority of Gay Christians would not stay long in queer churches because they are longing for a deeper connection and presence of God which is supernatural and powerful for where they are individually known and treasured by God.
Deep inside, we are looking for a legacy to be known by Jesus and have direct communion with Him as a special people. We are no longer satisfied by a “Welcome Home” sign but we want to see heaven on earth and a tangible experience to meet Jesus each time we go to church.
We are coming to a time in the history of the church where reconcialition between faith and our same sex orientation is no longer enough for we are looking for a legacy to be with God.
A new wave of Apostolic Churches are coming where there is a move and a filling of the Holy Spirit to bring us into the presence of God where we yearn acceptance and where we will be given a new name – a name to be known by God.