All about IT
Even though Christians all follow God and read the same Bible, there tends to be a large amount of disagreement on different issues.
The main controversy in American culture currently is the topic of homosexuality. Truthfully, this is the most divisive subject when it comes to opinions amongst various churches.
There is the Westboro Baptist Church (which I wouldn’t consider a church or its attendees even Christian), who protest everywhere possible, holding up signs that say “God hates fags”; then there are many churches that consider homosexuality to not be a sin at all.
Subsequently, we have Christians claiming that homosexuality is completely fine and approved by God, and also Christians claiming that homosexuality immediately condemns someone to Hell regardless of their beliefs. The terrible thing about all of this is that each church is claiming the name of God in all of it, and labeling the Bible as their source.
So the question ultimately becomes, “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” and furthermore, “How should Christians respond to homosexuality?”
I’m just going to start by flat out declaring what is true and what is false about the two major views; the Westboro Baptist Church is absolutely wrong in saying God hates homosexuals and that they are all going to Hell. At the same time, the opposite view that homosexuality is one hundred percent approved by God is also false. Here is what the Bible says about homosexuality
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
This is the clearest condemnation of homosexuality in the New Testament. As Christians, we must pay close attention to the other things that are listed among what is considered sinful: sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, thievery, greed, etc. The list goes on and on throughout the Bible, and when we look at all of it, it becomes clear as Romans 3:10 states that “No one is righteous.”
And that’s the point of everything that Jesus teaches! Jesus came because every single human being is a sinner and destined for Hell (Not just the homosexuals, but the heterosexuals too)! God loves us even though we are all sinners; which is why the verses that follow after the condemnation of homosexuality, amongst many others sins, is so beautiful:
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
1 Corinthians 6:11
Being righteous before God has nothing to do with being heterosexual or turning away from sin, it is about turning to Jesus for forgiveness. Jesus is God, so he’s the only one who can forgive our sins.
So as Christians, we shouldn’t be so focused on banning same-sex marriage and condemning homosexuals, we should be focused on telling everyone about Jesus and let God do the work when it comes to a change in someone’s ethics. My friend and pastor, Andrew Pitts, said it best: “Jesus first, ethics second.”
Christians should merely tell others about Jesus, and never tell others to change their ethics outside of belief in Jesus. People do not change people; God changes people. So as Christians, let’s preach Jesus, and let Him do the rest. Lastly, remember King Solomon’s words:
“A man who fears God avoids all extremes.”