On the heels of my last post yesterday, I’ve been thinking more and more about the sermon that Patrick Adair preached (found in the link at the bottom of my last post). If you listen, Patrick enumerates several points about who we really are as Christians in relation to this issue of homosexuality. We, indeed, are often so quick to judge homosexual people. We are tempted to remain on our high horse, and look down upon those who practice homosexuality. However, in the same clauses of the Bible in which Paul points out that homosexuality is sin, he also points out certain other sins, many of which I know I find myself guilty. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul says this:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
Wow. As we can see, there are a whole slew of sins mentioned in these two verses. And these two verses bring to light one central truth: WE ARE ALL SINNERS. Even Paul himself, who we consider an apostle of Jesus Christ, calls himself the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). If this is true (and so it is), then what gives us who are not homosexual any right to condemn homosexuals? To God the Father, sin is sin. Every day I personally betray God in my heart. We all do, I believe. We are human, and are, therefore, sinful people. My thanks is ever to God for sending his son Jesus Christ to die on my behalf, and for my fellow human beings’ behalf, in order that we might have a chance to experience eternal life abundantly with him, amen and amen.
My point is this: Why do we Christians judge? Why do we do it? It goes completely against the example that has been set before us in Christ Jesus. And as a result of this judgement, those who are homosexual see the Church of Jesus as simply a place for judgment and condemnation. Along with this post, I am going to show you a rather shocking picture. This is a picture that brought me to tears. It brought me to tears because not only is it sad, it is also true in many cases. This is it:
And you can see why I responded the way I did. First, it is completely blasphemous. It insults the Lord Jesus Christ who died for my sins, and for the sins of the people in this picture as well. Second, it makes me incredibly sad that these people have experienced such, if I may be so bold to say it, persecution from the Church as a whole. In essence, these people are saying that the Church has “crucified” them. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are to condone sin of any kind. We are not to condone any of these practices, including homosexuality. However, never once in the Bible does it say that we are to condemn. Jesus himself says in his Sermon on the Mount:
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
– Matthew 7:1-5
The Master himself is talking to us when he says this. We are HYPOCRITES. We live in sin every single day, and yet we continue to condemn others. If we won’t listen to Jesus’ words regarding this situation, then what kind of Christians can we call ourselves? Yes, hate sin. Sin is evil, and God and his purposes are the exact opposite of that, since God is true Good. Hate your own sin, and hate the sin of others. But, DO NOT hate the sinner. Do not hate the sinner because God loves them dearly, beyond any human definition. We are called to love each and every person in this world with that same kind of love. So, Christians, this is a call to you, and a call to myself, as seekers of the truth that comes from God and Christ Jesus. No matter what the community around you says, LOVE these people whom you may have until now considered alienated from you.
Why do I say this? If we love as Christ loved, the Church will once again become what it was intended to be. No longer will the Church be considered a house of judgement by those who feel alienated. It will be considered a place where those who are sinners can have imparted on them the grace that flows from the veins of Jesus Christ. When that becomes the norm, lives change. Lives do not change when an atmosphere of condemnation and judgement is created. Christians: many of us are preventing the Church of Christ from advancing the Savior’s saving work in this world. This must cease to be! Let us hate sin, but love all. Only in this way do we authentically show and reflect Christ’s purposes in this world for the salvation of the lost. May we be more that way every single day.
Before I quit, let me say this:
I would appreciate it if you guys left comments on these posts. I want to know what you think. I think fruit comes from discussing issues such as these, and it allows us to better understand the world we live in, and the call of Christ on our lives. So, if you would like, please do leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Blessings to all.