Saturday, July 17, 2010

What about homosexuals?

Recently some friends and I sat around talking and the subject of homosexuality came up. One of my friends took the stand that she has friends who are gay and they are wonderful people. “It’s up to them how they live their life. I love them.”

I was reminded of how Jesus spoke to the people who were considered sinners in bible days. He spent most of his time with them. Yet, he never compromised who he was or what His Father’s words said. He loved them enough to tell them the truth.

The words of the bible are very clear to all who follow Christ. The ‘Great Commission’

Matthew 28:18-20 ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-16 ‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’

Jesus wasn’t one to stop at the notion…’it’s up to them’. It’s true we have a will and our choice decides whether we spend eternity in hell or heaven. But, Jesus wanted his followers to go and be ambassadors for him. To represent him to all who were perishing. Does that mean we should sit back and do nothing?

But wait, we have a way of focusing on particular issues here. The one thing that always bothers me is that we sometimes use a sin sliding scale to measure off what sins are worse than others. There is no difference to God between the thief and the homosexual. No difference to God between the whore and the liar.

I Corinthians 6:9-10 says this…’Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.’.

Many times people think that the bible only speaks to men on this subject. But the very word homosexual is not a male word. I found this in the dictionary.

Main Entry: 1ho•mo•sex•u•al
Pronunciation: \ˌhō-mə-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl\
Function: adjective
Date: 1892
1 : of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex
2 : of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex
— ho•mo•sex•u•al•ly adverb

The Lord loved us so much that He spoke the truth to us. I am sure he spoke what it says in Leviticus 18:22 “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman” He spoke it in love, not hate crimes. People followed Jesus everywhere he went. What sinner would want to spend time with someone unless they saw him as loving? There is something special about Jesus. He loves with such a passion but speaks the truth.

As Christians we should be like magnets, drawing people to the love of Jesus that they see in us. We can not love others unless we ourselves are filled with the love of Christ though. We first must empty ourselves of pride and our own opinions and be filled with the Holy Spirit of God to finally see others through the eyes of Jesus. When we see through those eyes we have a love for others that compels us to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ.

If we point the finger and blurt out scriptures to unbelievers we are only burying a live sinner under condemnation. When we speak the truth in love though….it could set them free. Genuine love for the person is
I Corinthians 13: 4 ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…’ Verse 13 goes on to say this ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’

It is not loving to sit back and say nothing when a sinner is on his way to hell. It is not loving to point fingers and bang them over the head with scripture either. We speak the truth in love. We do not speak as one who is superior but as one who has been forgiven themselves. It is not loving to turn your back and not associate with a sinner. Jesus didn’t do that. It’s not loving to try to harm anyone physically because they are in sin.

Our part is to pray, to listen to the Holy Spirit telling us when to speak and what to speak. Our part is to love them enough to speak when told to.

We as Christians can’t do anything according to our own opinions on religion. No one can. We can’t make God fit into our opinions. Our opinions on homosexuality have to be based on what the word of God says.

A Christian is one who follows Christ. If we really follow Him, we will obey Him. Not just parts of the bible but all of it. It’s not a pick and choose thing. Christians are given the ‘Great Commission’ and we are told to speak the truth in love. We as Christians need to always remember that we are being watched. How we live our lives speak volumes. The words we speak and how we speak them are important. Spice your words with truth and serve them in love. If they are rejected just remember that Christ himself was rejected. But, wait and listen to what He wants you to do and say. It could be just to pray as he leads someone else to speak. But, we are never called upon to do nothing.

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