I had to look back at my archived posts to find that I have written about the issue of homosexuality and the Christian response 4 separate times. In most cases, it was because of some news story or just in general hearing something about the homosexual community in our Western culture. I find myself again writing about this same subject.
By now, everyone pretty much knows of the Presidents endorsement of gay marriage, and today I read on MSNBC.com about Biola Christian University students starting a “Biola Queer Underground” group. After reading a few different articles and blogs on the most recent Biola group, I figured it was time again to talk about Homosexuality and how it relates to the Christianity.
One of the greatest differences between the Christian and LGBT communities is the conflict of choice and morality. The different perspectives that both sides come from in these two factors is as far and deep as the grand canyon. For the LGBT community there is a widely held belief that whether they feel like they were born one way or another, in the end it is their choice on how they choose to live their lives. This choice for them is a moral decision. It is a decision to be “true” to themselves.
On the other hand, the Christian community believes that the LGBT is choosing to act, behave, and live a life that is immoral. Christians believe we all have a choice, and we don’t have to give into a choice that is not moral.
Perhaps the greatest difference of all though is the place at which the communities form their stances. The LGBT community flows out of the life of the individual. Every decision about their sexuality goes back to how they feel…it hinges on their mind frames, opinions, and personal choices. Christians…true Christ-followers, don’t simply choose to stand on what the Bible says about this issue, but on every issue that deals with their faith.
The difference here is major, because one has the ability to shift and change with the tides of culture, life, and choice. The other remains firm on a truth that has been established over generations and centuries. It is grounded on something that surpasses time and opinion. It is grounded and backed up by God’s Word.
What is also backed up by God’s Word is to love one another. The Christian community should and needs to love the LGBT community. It doesn’t mean we agree with the lifestyle they have chosen, but we do still love them. I love the way our pastor put it a few weeks ago. He said,
“I do not hate anybody. I do not hate homosexuals. I do not hate liars. I do not hate thieves. I do not hate drunkards. Because I have been most of those as some points in my life, and I am so glad that God didn’t hate me. I am not a hater, I am just a believer. I’m just a believer that when God says this is what makes culture, this is what makes life work, then that’s what makes life works. And my opinion and my desire to change it and read it some other way and twist it to see what I want, that’s just building a shaky house.”
I believe that the new Christian paradigm must continue to address this issue in a way that God directed us to…to speak the truth in love. If we simply speak the truth, then walls and divisiveness are put up between us. If we simply speak love, then truth is lost, and we forfeit a foundation that God has established. However, when we speak the truth in love, we hold true to the message of Christ: loving people where they are at, yet loving them enough not to let them remain the same.