The ‘G’ Word

I have something I need to get off my chest, and have had to do so for some time now. I feel that not only have i been thinking and meditating on the topic, but that I have been impressed upon by God. The issue is this; Christians have mistreated Homosexuals for far too long in the name of God.

Now it is very important that those who read this do not misunderstand. I am not condemning those who believe that Homosexuality is sinful, there is indeed strong passages in Scripture that, depending on interpretation, seen to condemn same sex relations. Christians (and all religious people) should have their freedom of conscience and religion protected. This also extends to the issues of Gay Marriage and Adoption Rights. EVERYONE, liberal or conservative, Religious or Not, should have their right to their beliefs undisturbed.

What I have come to condemn is the atrocious Behavior some Christians have shown towards those in the GLBT community. People often say that Jesus never addressed the topic of Homosexuality, and they are correct, He is never specifically quoted as addressing the topic. However, there are things we know he did say that are relevant to the topic.

The First Comes from The Gospel of Mark:

 

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(Mar 12:28-31)

 

We have here two DIRECT commandments from the One whom we Call the I AM. Christ, God Incarnate, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Redeemer and Lord, has given us two commandments above all Others: Love God, and Love Man.

It is important to notice that he did not use the word brother. He is not speaking about loving those who agree with us, or are like us. It is clear by the people he associated with (Prostitutes, Crooked Tax Collectors, and political Rebels (Like Simon The Zealot)) that he did not mean that we should love only the Righteous (Remember, all are Sinners, even the Regenerate). He has Commanded (in no uncertain terms) that we love all men unconditionally. Homosexuals are people, and thus should be treated not only with respect and civility, but Love.

The Second Passage relevant to the topic is from the Gospel of Matthew

“When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ Then they will answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’ These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”
(Mat 25:31-46)

It seems clear to me that we will be judged, at least partially, on how we treated our fellow man. Yes, we are called to speak our conscience concerning Sin. If one believes that Homosexuality is a sin, they should be true to their belief. However, note again, that we are being Judged by how we treat other people.

The Relevance of this is clear. What we do to others, we do to Christ. Think about this. What of those Christians who publicly humiliate and assault Homosexuals? They are Publicly Humiliating and Insulting Jesus Christ. When a Christian Makes a comment that gays deserve Aids, they are saying that Christ deserves Aids. When A group of people literally and physically bashes and beats on a gay person, they are literally and physically bashing and beating on Christ.

My request to my Fellow brothers and sisters is simple. I am not asking you to support Gay Marriage. I am not asking you to ordain Homosexuals to serve as ministers in your church. I am not asking you to say that Homosexuality is a valid Lifestyle. I am asking that next time you see or hear about a homosexual, you think not of an evil sinner, not a depraved monster or a silly stereotype, but rather, as a Human being who Christ lived for, died for, and most importantly, Loved.

I leave you with one final thought on this topic. Many Christians Condemn Homosexuals, and mistreat them, because they are believed to live in a state of sin. I remind you of the Scriptures, which points the finger at all of us, and reminds us of our own failures.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us.
(1Jn 1:8)

You teach others—why don’t you teach yourself ? You preach, “Do not steal”—but do you yourself steal? You say, “Do not commit adultery”—but do you commit adultery? You detest idols—but do you rob temples? You boast about having God’s law—but do you bring shame on God by breaking his law?
(Rom 2:21-23)

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1 Response to “The ‘G’ Word”


  1. 1 theincredibleweezy January 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Of course there is the famous passage:

    “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    John 8:7

    Of course you know I’m not a Christian so I don’t think homosexuality is a sin, however, I think this rule applies to us all in many contexts.


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