June 01, 2005

Who says God hates fags?

And would He even call them that word? I haven't written about the topic of homosexuality on my blog, but I've discussed it many times on debate boards and religious forums.

Christine has blogged about it though, and it was like she read my thoughts. I've been saying the same thing for years. I hope you read her post. It was full of truth and love.

Every time I see signs that say, "God hates Fags" I just cringe. God hates sin. We're all sinners falling short of the glory of God. Have you ever watched a performance where you actually felt embarrassed for the performer? That's what I feel whenever I see those signs, and hear people professing Christ spewing hate and ignorance out of their mouthes. I feel embarrassed for them, and that anyone would see their hate and think they represent all christians.

No one ever came to Christ when a 'christian' showed them condemnation, lovelessness, and hate. When we purposely try to belittle, degrade, and offend others, we're not heeding scripture.

Even worse, when we know a gay person who has come to Christ and is dealing with temptations to act on their feelings, and we treat them with disgust, disdain, and offend them, we're making a big mistake.

Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

Whereas the Bible does make it clear that homosexuality is a sin, and a way of life that God doesn't intend for us, the Bible also makes it very clear gay persons are objects of Christ's sacrificial love, and that He died for their sins the same as ours. We are made in the image of God, how can we look at other humans beings with such repulsion? I'm not better then anyone else, I'm just forgiven. I don't deserve the grace and mercy given to me, I'm truly awed and humbled by God's love, faithfulness, and compassion.

I'm a sinner, and like Paul, I could be considered a chief of sinners. According to God's word, I've been a liar, thief, adulterer, fornicater, murderer, and so forth.

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, ...shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9-11

It has been said, "No Jesus, no change. Know Jesus, know change."

Only Jesus can set us free. Only Jesus can provide change. We can be His hands and feet while on this earth. We can show His love to everyone, or we can kill them with our words.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.