Several years ago, I published this article in a denominational paper. Needless to say, it received mixed reviews -some positive, some negative. Nonetheless, I think the issue is just as important as it was then -and certainly more relevant. I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Let’s put this in perspective. Fact: Homosexuality is a sin against God. Fact: So is lying, cheating, laziness, lust and more!
While homosexuality is a terribly wicked act, so is every other sin we commit against a holy God. But why does the church tend to point out homosexuality as the “untouchable” sin?
Perhaps it’s because, up to this point in history, the church has been full of liars, cheaters, adulterers, murderers, etc. But since homosexuality has remained “taboo” in the church, it is the only sin that liars, cheaters, adulterers and murderers can point to and still feel “holier than thou!” “At least I don’t do that!” If homosexuals came into the church, we would lose our moral superiority. We might just be grouped in the same category as “wretched sinners.”
Perhaps we should reconsider what Rom. 3:10-12 says: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” That verse describes you, me, liars, homosexuals — all sinners!
The Pharisees didn’t see things that way. They believed they were better than the average sinner. Of course, Jesus called their bluff when He gave them permission to “cast the first stone” at the woman caught in adultery.
Speaking of stones, there are a lot of them being thrown in the name of Christ these days. Anti-gay rallies featuring signs saying “God hates fags” are commonplace. Sadly, many churches encourage their members to participate. It sure feels good to point out how terrible someone else is!
But what if we decided to display the love of Christ instead? It was the radical love of Jesus that compelled Him to minister to taxpayers, prostitutes, Samaritans and drunkards. And by the way, He helped them transform their sinful actions into God-honoring lifestyles. Jesus knew the only way they would change is through His unfailing love — the same love that saved you and me “while we were yet sinners.” (Rom. 5:8) Maybe we just don’t want these people to change. After all, that would take away our “holier than thou” crutch.
But what if we took all our “hate” energy and poured it into ministries for homosexuals? What if we abandoned anti-gay rallies and replaced them with “God loves you” rallies? Perhaps then the homosexual community would be able to see past our arrogance to the powerful love of Christ and the cross.
Bottom line: Homosexuality is a terrible sin. Gay people are wicked sinners. And so am I!
We do not endorse the gay lifestyle. Nor do we support gay marriage or gay adoption. We should, however, follow Christ’s example in loving sinners and calling them to repentance. Of course, once they repent and place their faith in Christ for salvation, we help them resist temptation and discipline them if they consistently rebel without remorse. That’s how we should treat every sinner in the church!