You know, I can’t get over the serious discrimination issues that the body of Christ imposes on homosexuality, while allowing other sins to slide. I think it is the foundation of why so many people think Christians are hypocrites and bigots – and why homosexuals (at least, a large number of them) couldn’t consider ever stepping inside a Bible-teaching church.
Here’s what bothers me: As soon as anyone uses the label “gay” or “homosexual” to describe someone, there is an almost fierce, frenzied need to remind everybody that HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN.
When someone writes about wanting something “so bad” and being “jealous” of other people who have it, nobody stands up and says that greed, covetousness and envy are sins. Probably because the comments were made, tongue-in-cheek, right?
The point is kinda obvious – we pick and choose the sins we want to jump all over. The sins that make us uncomfortable. The “big” sins that we measure according to our own rules and standards, not really according to God’s Word. We stand up against abortion (and rightly so) but not against hatred, which is the same thing as murder. (Matthew 5)
We allow the sins to slide with which we’ve grown comfortable. We argue degrees and semantics according to our own conscience. We argue in shades of gray instead of ministering to widows and orphans. We hold signs at rallies instead of bringing food to starving neighbors, whose kids we don’t want our kids to play with because they don’t behave right or they wear dirty clothes.
In fact, why don’t we look at the word “abomination” in Scripture – which is so often used in conjunction with homosexuality.
We ARE hypocrites. Rather than living according to Romans 12, which outlines a many ways to actually LIVE a Christian life, we pick and choose verses to wound others, rather than praying for the Holy Spirit to bring His Work to their lives and make a REAL change.
We live in a messed up world and we are using twisted Scriptures as a battle axe. When we see the world around us and wonder how it got so messed up, I think we have to look at ourselves and take some responsibility for using the Bible as a weapon instead of a tool for healing and restoration to a God who loves each one of us more than we can ever comprehend.
Because God’s Heart says this:
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NASB)
Even a homosexual, y’all.
We don’t fight any human being on this planet. We fight an enemy of God who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. We need to remember that when we speak to anybody anywhere about God and His Word.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NASB)