The Creator is Love, eager to relate with every Human who would allow Him and manifest Himself through all He Created. In union with Christ all things consist, whether church or state and perhaps church and state need each other. The thought of stoning homosexuals to death is an attempt to exclude God from the abominable. Who or what on earth does not need Love?
We see depravity and wickedness deserving the death penalty but Love sees brokenness in need of grace and redemption. By rescuing a woman who was to be stoned to death for committing an obvious atrocity, Jesus was saying, “she who is most messed up is the neediest and therefore the one I want to be with.” God would not be Love if He did not want to be with murderers and people who are most broken.
Being God’s temple means we are carriers of God, who should take Him to people and places He wants to be, those who are most needy, most broken, most neglected, most humble.
A while ago, I came to the liberating thought that God is not a Christian. He cannot be bracketed. That thought freed me to worship in spirit and in truth rather than on “this mountain” or at Jerusalem. Worshipping in spirit means being comfortable worshiping God among Jews as worshipping Christ in a Buddhist temple or a mosque. If not, isn’t His jurisdiction limited? Can we still call Him Lord? I think God is to be worshipped everywhere He is present. After all, “whither shall I flee from thy presence?”
If God needs to be out of mind when I serve my clients, staff, community, speak to a class of MBAs or group of entrepreneurs, is He really God? If God is bounded by the walls of a church, limited to the hearts of Christians or only speaks to us through the pages of a book, is the earth really the Lord’s and the fullness thereof?
God’s holiness is not compromised because he associates with sinners. He associates with sinners because He desires for us all to come up to His level, especially those who are messed up and including the people we hate. God is not less needed in a crack house than in a church house. If there is joy in heaven when one human turns to God, would it not make sense for God to want to create joy by associating with sinners? If “Wisdom cries aloud in the streets and raises her voice in the markets,” could it mean that we are the ones preventing God (Love) from entering Wall Street?
The only people God cannot stand, whom He stands against, are the proud. It is easy to be proud when we think we are better. God wants to be with every one else including proud people who realize their pride, so if you are His temple, please loose Him and let Him go.