“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point
has become accountable for all of it.”
~ James 2:10
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been baffled when it comes to talking about homosexuality with someone who shared a different opinion from what you would consider truth.
…And everybody’s hands went up!
So, as Christians, how are we supposed to respond to this topic? We know God says no, but why does he say it’s wrong? Why is it sin? Who are you to say that it is sin?
“That’s intolerant. hateful, and just wrong.” These are all questions you have heard, had asked to you, or statements you have heard someone else that you know say.
We can’t let this be a topic that paralyzes us as believers.
We need to say something about it to a world that is lost and dying. I am going to share with you a conversation I had with someone, and I want you to learn from it. I had this conversation shortly after posting a video to my Instagram promoting the book Is God anti-Gay? by Sam Alberry.
What you’re seeing is not the entire conversation, but it is the short ending of the conversation. In all, the conversation was too long to include in a blog post.
As Christians, our first response should be one of love and compassion. Too many times, I find myself apologizing to people for their past experiences people have had with other so called “Christians” that only bring hate and condemnation onto these people. It is not our job to condemn anyone, but rather, to love all people.
I ended our long conversation with an important distinction, one that we forget about. Here is part of our conversation:
Asker: Are you anti-gay?
Me: What do you mean by “anti-gay”?
Asker: Do you believe gay people are confused and lost their way?
Me: I’m sorry for asking so many questions for what seems to be a simple question. I just want to make sure that I answer directly the question you are intending to ask. What do you mean by “confused and lost their path”? Do you mean do I think it’s a sin?
Asker: You’re fine. Yes. In layman’s terms, yes.
Me: The act of practicing homosexuality, or any sexual sin for that matter, whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual, outside of marriage is a sin. God’s word is clear about that. But with that said, all sexual sin is equal, all sin is equal. So to me and God, it doesn’t really matter if you’re homosexual or heterosexual, these things are still sins. It’s fallen desire, just like lust for any person, those are the very things that God calls us to lay aside and be most satisfied in him. Now, that doesn’t change the fact that I still love all those people! And I’m gonna treat them the same regardless! Whether you’re committing sexual sin as a homosexual or your committing sexual sin as a heterosexual. It’s all sin before God, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’re supposed to love all people.
Asker: Thank you for your honesty and thorough response.
Me: Absolutely! I’m always happy to talk about it more with you.
What is shown above is simply a way to OPEN a conversation on homosexuality. This is merely a scratch, hardly a dent in this conversation. There are more sides of Homosexuality and the conversation based around sexuality that I would love to address, but for now, this is it!
Remember, friends, love is our first response!