Homosexuals have become more prevalent in media in the past decade. Many Christians feel threatened by the LGBTQ community because of how aggressive gay culture has become in education, movies, TV, politics, and even some churches. Many of these liberal churches have not only tolerated gays as people but blatantly have celebrated homosexuality as an acceptable activity.
The Bible is super clear on where it stands with homosexuality (look at 1 Timothy 1:10, Romans 1:26-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and Leviticus 18:22). The Bible is very negative on homosexuality, but oftentimes we can pretty unloving and harsh towards homosexuals as individuals. We don’t want to send gays away, but we also don’t condone their sin. Here are ways we can find a balance between loving the sinner but hating the sin.
1. Be loving without compromise. There’s nothing wrong with biblically loving gay people; Jesus loved prostitutes and tax collectors while still standing His ground. Jesus told the woman who committed adultery, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus understood the balance of showing compassion while also being holy.
2. Be willing to listen to their point of view. Homosexuals are people with stories. Many gays grew up in the church but were hurt by the church, so they became gay as a way of rebelling. Don’t be so quick to assume that all gays are alike because that’s not the case. I have met plenty of gay and lesbian people who can quote Bible verses left and right. I encountered a bisexual girl in college who was a Republican, so don’t always assume you know them.
3. Homosexuals have a chance to repent. A lot of evangelicals love demonizing homosexuals. Being gay is a sin, but it’s a forgivable sin like adultery, murder, gluttony, lying, and fornication. Jesus died on the cross for all sins, including homosexuality. (John 3:16)
Let’s be loving and forgiving while taking a stand on the Word of God. You may get cursed out or called a homophobe or a bigot, but as long as you’re speaking the truth in love, you are doing what Jesus would do.