I am a Christian in a changing world. There are things that once were not accepted in society that are now being welcomed in and that can be hard for Christians. I have spent my whole life in the church and I can honestly say that I have never once heard a sermon on homosexuality and rarely studied what the Bible said about it on my own. All I knew about this topic was that I was being told two different things: 1. Being gay is a sin and we should oppose all who are for it or involved in it and 2. As a Christian you are called to love others like Christ loves. Dosomething.org shares that 42% of people who are LGBT report living in an unwelcoming environment and 80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation 1. Needles to say I am left with an uneasy sense and no direction. How do we welcome and show love to the LGBT community.
So what does the Bible say about homosexuality?
· This story in Genesis 19 is probably the most popular passage used to condemn homosexuality. Here is a quick summary:
"God sends two angels disguised as men into the City of Sodom where the men of Sodom threatened to rape them. The angels blind the men, and God destroys the city.
· Leviticus 18:22
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
· 1 Corinthians 6:9
Without going over every single scripture there are six scriptures found in the Bible that condemn homosexuality. While many Christians will use these scriptures to argue their point or write on a protest sign, there is a command that trumps all of these scriptures….to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. The bible uses the word love 310 times between the old and new testament. So what does the Bible say about loving one another?
· Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
· John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
· Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
So what should our response as a Christian be to the LGBT community?
The answer is simply and clearly laid out for us in the Bible: Love. God loved us so much that He gave us the supreme example and so “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), not that we loved Him first. He loved us so much that He willingly gave His one and only unique Son to die for us so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16-17). God died for you and he died for your gay neighbor. We are not only called to love others but to lay down our life for them the way God laid down his life for us. I thank God every time I remember that he did not call me to be a Jr. Holy spirit and that my job is not to convict others. That means I don’t have to argue with the LGBT community or join a hate protest. We are simply called to love. Let's let love break through the barriers.