It has occurred to me that the notion of Christians hating homosexuals seems to be far too prevalent. Both the news media and social media tend to feed this lie.
I hope to clarify what scripture says and how this should be acted out by Christians.
Its important to understand that Christians rely on the Bible (scripture), for their source of truth. Everyone has a world view. Scripture defines the worldview of the Christian (or should).
Scripture is clear in its condemnation of homosexual behavior. Both the old and new testament call it a sin. In 1 Corinthians it is listed with other sins, such as heterosexual sin, adultery, stealing, drunkenness, and cheating. Homosexual sin does not have a special status. It is sin like all the others. (Sin is anything that goes against Gods law).
Do Christians sin? Yes. So, what’s the difference between a sinning Christian and other sinners?
- Christians believe in who Jesus Christ is and what He did. Due to this belief, they have been made righteous in Gods sight (an incredible miracle).
- 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
- Christians acknowledge their sin. This is confessing or agreeing with God. And God forgives us of these sins.
- 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Christians still sin. I sin everyday. The apostle Paul said he was the CHIEF of sinners! But I hate my sin. And I am sinning less than I used to. I will never stop sinning; I will sin less with time as God works in my life.
A person who is not a Christian has never believed in what Christ did and who He was. And they do not use scripture as their standard. They have their own “worldview” to decide what is right and wrong.
So what should a Christians response be to people who are not Christians? As with most social issues, it is the tone of the conversation that inflame the arguments and make so-called Christians appear hateful. Hate is not (and should never be) the motivation for speaking out. It is my hope that when Christians speak out on this issue that they will do it with grace and kindness, but still set forth God’s truth without apology
- We are to speak the truth in love. When the topic of sin and God comes up, its our job to tell people what scripture says and do it in a loving way. That’s it.
- Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
- We are to do our best to live peacefully with everyone and to live a life of obedience to Gods Word. “
- Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
For those reading this who are not Christians and have known me, I hope and pray I have lived out these directives; to speak the truth in love, to live at peace with others as much as possible, and to walk in obedience to scripture.
I view those who live a homosexual lifestyle the same as others who do not embrace scripture and the Christian faith. I do not accept or embrace their lifestyle and they do not accept or embrace mine. Hate needs not be a part of the equation. It is my calling and privilege to walk in a way that honors God and that never includes hating people. I hate sin – most especially my own. I don’t hate people.
In closing, here is what the Savior Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:43-46…
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?