Sin. It’s a subject no one wants to talk about. After all, we are all born into sin. In today’s world though, if you dare to point out what the Bible says is sin…then be ready to take all the fiery darts of the devil…except that it won’t be the “devil” per say. It will be your coworker, your church friends, your family, your neighbor. So much for honest debate. If you disagree with the other side you are labeled a racist, a homophobe, a whateverphobe. Remember rule 21.
The latest controversy is the law Governor Brewer in Arizona just vetoed. The bill was to protect businesses from being sued if they refused to say, bake a cake for a gay wedding. After all, small businesses in Oregon and Colorado were sued for doing just that. A photographer was sued in New Mexico for refusing to photograph a gay wedding. Is it OK with you to have the government tell you that you HAVE to photograph a ceremony that goes against your core beliefs? That is the problem I have with such a ruling. It removes your First Amendment right of free speech and freedom of religion.
Facebook was on fire with opinions today on that very subject. What is the right response as a Christian in this situation? Comments from most were how we had a responsibility to show love to homosexuals. I agree with that, but the problem I have is condoning an act that IS a sin. I would have a problem with condoning my preacher who was involved in an adulterous affair, but still preaching in the pulpit. Or the Sunday school teacher who was living in a fornication relationship. The Bible tells us how to respond to someone in the church who is involved in sin. See Mathew 18:15-17.
So what is the right response to homosexuality? I worked in a very prominent hotel here in Austin in the 1980s. Most of the men who worked there were gay. Despite my first response of ‘I feel like I’m working in Sodom and Gomorrah’, I became very close friends with several of my gay coworkers. I shared Jesus with them and made known how I felt their behavior went against God’s plan for them. We had many long discussions about this and I always wanted to get into their heads of why they were gay. Most were very open to tell me their experiences and how they got to that place. All the while knowing where I stood, they did not reject me and I didn’t condemn them. Without getting too deep here, as time went on AIDS starting hitting my friends one by one and most were dead within three years. I watched that disease ravage their bodies and I prayed that any seeds I had planted would come to fruition. I wanted to see them go to Heaven. Because of my personal experience those many years ago, I have a heart for the homosexual, but I cannot stand by and just accept that lifestyle as normal and pleasing. It is not.
We as Christians have a responsibility to speak the truth. By withholding the truth of the Gospel from our community we are lying to them. Yes, let’s love the homosexual while sharing what Christ did for us on that cross. Not in a condemning, sin sniffer way, but in love. After all, someone’s eternity depends on it.