I was reading an article online today with the title, “An Open Letter to the Church: Homosexuality Isn’t a Sin, but Homophobia Is.” Their main point was “To call homosexuality a sin is to call into question one’s entire being. It’s saying that there is something inherently evil about LGBTQ people that separate them from God. But there is nothing wrong with LGBTQ people. What’s wrong is homophobia.” This was sadly co-written by a minister, one who has obviously thrown out huge chunks of the Bible particularly Romans. I am sick and tired of being lumped in with these types of people; I wish that they would stop calling themselves “Christian”.
First I would like to address the way many people use the bible. Too many people who claim to be Christian see the Bible as a buffet at the restaurant of life. They like to wander through the Bible piling their plate with all the things that they like and skipping over anything they don’t. God is very clear on this point, the Bible is not a Buffet it is an all-or-nothing meal. He tells us in 1 Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” There is no maybe here, either you believe it is all Truth or you must throw it all out. The moment you waffle on this you are in truth rejecting your own salvation and the right to call yourself a Christian. I don’t deny that there are things in the Bible that are hard to understand, Peter himself wrote “There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” Instead of throwing out something you don’t understand as God for help like He tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).”
Secondly, there is a major misconception about what me, as a Christian, is saying when I call homosexuality a sin. The primary thing to understand is I am not saying this in hate. Nowhere does the Bible even suggest that I should hate people who sin, in fact Jesus himself tells us that we should love not only our Christian family, but also our neighbors and even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-47). As well, the Biblical definition of love tells us that it is kind, not rude, does not insist on its own way, and not irritable, among other things. It is not my job as a Christian to spout hate at sin in people’s lives, but it is my job to speak truth. So if you ask if I believe that homosexuality is a sin, I will tell you yes, but I would do the same if you asked if I thought hate, adultery, sex outside of marriage, drunkenness, lying, murder, or gossip is sin. I will not walk up to a homosexual person and declare condemnation, as I said this is not what God asks of me. So when I say homosexuality is a sin I am merely stating the truth, just as I might also tell you that it is raining outside as I am writing this. I admit one is more important in the grand scheme of your eternal salvation, but they are both truth.
So why does this matter? I mean we all sin right (Romans 3:23)? Yes, but it is a question of lifestyle. God tells us through His Word that we are to live lives pleasing to Him (1 Thess. 4:1). I John 1:6 tell us that “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” The word walk here is also defined as to strive. This means that as much as we will all struggle with sin, we must be striving (aiming, endeavoring, seeking) to live a lifestyle that is sin free, as our final goal is to be like Jesus who lived completely without sin. In the end I love all my LGBTQ neighbors, but I will not reject God’s truth for a lie just to make them all feel better about their lifestyle. Just like I will not renounce what the Bible says just so murderers, alcoholics, con artists, rumor mongers or any other group living a sinful lifestyle can feel better about what they are doing.
God’s Blessings and Love to all