I’m sure it’s not news to most people that in Washington it is planned to make gay marriages legal. A lot of people are in an uproar, either in excitement or disappointment. I think I can correctly say that the church has been labeled with hating homosexual people. If that’s what you think then you’re ill-informed. I know (myself included) many Christians that do not hate homosexual people. I also feel justified in saying that (to the best of my knowledge) God does not hate homosexuals anymore than he hates you or me. To start off, what makes homosexuality more of an abomination than any other sin? Lucifer is the most hated creature in existence and he (I’m assuming) isn’t gay. In Leviticus 18:22 it says “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” and in Leviticus 20:13 it says “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” but the word abomination is also used in Deuteronomy 7:25 “The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God”. There are many more instance where the word abomination is used to describe different sinful behavior. I don’t really see anything that seems like God is saying He hates homosexuals anymore than a person who commits any other sin. James 2:10 says “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it”. That seems like God is basically saying if you’re a liar you’re as guilty as a homosexual, and if you’re a homosexual you’re as guilty as a liar. God hates sin, Jesus took the full wrath of God’s anger towards sin on the cross. God loves the sinners, John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Any sinner that repents causes the angels in Heaven to jump with joy (Luke 15: 7 & 10). I view homosexuals no differently than I view a heterosexual person who is sleeping with someone outside of marriage. Some might say “Let homosexuals get married then that way it’s not a sin!”. Humans were not the ones that created marriage, so we aren’t the ones that get to define it (even though we try). God created it and He defines it as one man and one woman. Jesus defines marriage pretty clearly when He is asked about divorce in Matthew 19:4-6 where He quotes Genesis 2:24, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” One man, one woman, leaving their parents to become one. That’s how God defines marriage.
It seems to me that homosexuality doesn’t stand out as any worse or better than any other sin, and can be repented from and paid for by Christ’s death on the Cross like all other sin. We’re no longer slaves to sin or death when our heart belongs to Christ, even though we still wrestle against sin. There are Christians that have neighbors that are homosexuals and as Christians we’re told by Jesus that the second greatest commandment is “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I don’t believe everything I do is right and I try to prevent myself from sinning by going to Jesus, so we should treat our neighbors the same by loving them and spurring them on towards Christ and helping them battle their own sinful nature. Every person is born with a sinful nature, and each of us has tendencies towards certain sin. This should produce patience and love towards each other (not towards sin). I hate lying, cheating, sex outside of marriage, murder, arrogance, and homosexuality. I love (though it’s difficult sometimes) liars, cheaters, people who have sex outside of marriage, murders, prideful people and homosexuals. The Lord & Love of my life tells me to love my neighbors, so I will do my best to honor Him by loving them.
P.S. I’m not interested in debating this topic with anyone. Pick a different topic and come at me bro (: