Christians all over the world are being labelled as “hateful” and “intolerant” simply because they refuse to be receptive of various secular behaviours and ideologies that go against biblical values. One of such is the same-sex behaviour that seems to be spreading like wildfire at the minute. But come to think of it; isn’t it funny that the same individuals who do not agree with the biblical values that Christians hold, would expect Christians to agree with theirs, all in the name of “all-inclusiveness” and “diversity” OR whatever term they use these days? If you ask me, I’d say that is hypocrisy on their part. However, I do acknowledge that there are professing Christians who not only exhibit hatred towards gay people but can take it to unacceptable proportions. Few days ago, I came across a group of Christians using mean and derogatory words on a gay man. If I drop some of the words used here, you would doubt that those people were Christians, but they were – at least professing Christians.
Now, have you as a believer ever had an encounter with a gay person? I had a personal encounter with one, years back.
At first, I didn’t know he was gay and we got along pretty well, but as soon as I found out, Obviously, I was not impressed and I just didn’t want to have anything to do with him afterwards. I didn’t hate him as a person, but I just couldn’t stand his orientation at the time, so I cut off all ties and didn’t speak to him again.
Looking back, I wish I had acted differently. I wish I had not just withdrawn without at least trying to understand his feelings and sharing the gospel with him. But at the time, it wasn’t possible because I didn’t even know what the gospel was back then. I am sure if it were to be now, I would have done things differently and definitely share the gospel with him.
But is it enough for Christians to just pick up their megaphones, shouting to the Gay community to repent or they would burn in hell? I mean in a way, that is what rejection of the gospel insinuates and whenever you share the gospel with someone, there is a chance they might not be receptive of it. But I don’t think that would be a good way to go about it.
You see, it is one thing to preach the gospel, but it is another thing to preach the gospel in Love and Compassion. The gospel itself is a love story not one of hate. So I think whenever we present it to the lost, especially those who struggle with forms of identity crisis and other deeply rooted cravings, like members of the LGBT community do, we should present the gospel in love and not as a means of condemnation.
Notwithstanding, the fact that these people identify themselves as homosexual doesn’t make them any less human than the heterosexual or straight person – we all have our sins. As Christians, we are to hate SIN and not the SINNER, and homosexuality is just one of many sexual sins that are rampant in our society today.
My point is; Instead of hating your gay neighbours (which is tantamount to murder by the standards of Jesus Christ), treat them with kindness and love, as is the hallmark of the Christian faith… Sharing the truth of the gospel with them should be borne out of love and sincere concern for their salvation. Do not condemn! Sow the seeds in love and allow Christ to carry out the transformation process. I have seen and heard testimonies of gay people who encountered Christ and are now living a straight and happy life.
Finally, to those who are tagging Christians as unloving, hateful and intolerant for not affirming same-sex behaviour, here is a food for thought;
love doesn’t mean you approve of everything the loved one does, love means that you protect the loved one; and that requires standing in the way of things that are going to hurt them and others, even if they don’t know it at the time
Anybody who is a parent can relate to that.