As I write this, I’ve just finished staring at the agenda of a website created by members of a particular Baptist church. Today’s plans are to picket a gay pride parade, followed by plans to surround the funeral of a fallen soldier sharing the “truth” of God’s Word on cardboard signs.
My stomach turns. My heart breaks at the images of little children forced to wear defiling t-shirts and hold signs up screaming hate towards homosexuals. Honestly, I struggle knowing I need to pray for the parents of those innocent kids whom may never understand the true meaning of grace. Give me a minute. If I don’t pray now my heart may harden too much to do so later. Okay, I’m back.
Homosexuality isn’t destroying America; false love is. Christian lawyers stand in court fighting against same-sex marriage, then climb in their sports cars, head to Starbucks for a mid-morning coffee, and are back in the office. I have to wonder what would change if in the middle of the court room, they would walk over to the gay man or the lesbian wishing to marry their partner and simply shake their hand. What about a hug? How about inviting them to Starbucks and buying their coffee, praying for the opportunity to tell them about Jesus?
Doing so doesn’t approve of their lifestyle, but neither does it put them in a category of something other than a person. Homosexuality isn’t a disease. It doesn’t cover people with leprosy. It’s not contagious. It’s simply a word used to define a lifestyle choice.
I don’t write this to say this particular lifestyle is to be approved of. Homosexuality is a sin. Satan is having a ball in today’s culture as this lifestyle choice is more accepted today than ever before. I’m not saying it’s ok. I’m not saying we should just turn our heads, sit back and do nothing. But the belief that we as Christians are better than homosexuals is far from the truth. It’s time Christians stop pretending so.
A father is separated from his son because his 18-year old comes home one day and announces he is gay. The father looks at his son with eyes that give the message of utter disgust. He tells him he will burn in hell and kicks him out, never speaking to him again. His father hadn’t opened a bible in 30+ years, but didn’t hesitate to stop by the liquor store and pick up a fifth of whiskey and order his wife to have dinner on the table promptly at 6:00 pm or there would be consequences. His sin isn’t considered, but his son’s sin is unforgivable.
Unfortunately, this story happens more than we realize. And what’s even sadder is that it probably happens more in Christian homes. It’s time to turn things around. It’s time to introduce love and grace. It’s time we start taking responsibility for our sins before we point out the sins of others.
People don’t go to hell because they are gay. People go to hell because they don’t know Jesus.
What are we doing to change that?
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