Read 1 Timothy 2:3-4 and Genesis 2:24
A buddy of mine is a die-hard sports fan and once asked me to go to one of his favorite team’s games. Now, I personally could care less about who won but thought it would be a fun experience. This particular game, his team lost to a team they should easily have beat, leaving fans frustrated and even enraged.
As we were walking to my car in the parking garage, my friend was irate to say the least. He was yelling at the team, the city, the stadium…the whole 9 yards. The game’s outcome led him to condemn this particular city and the team within it.
It genuinely makes me sick to my stomach that many Christians have the same approach to dealing with homosexuality. We picket physically and blast digitally to the point that you can’t blame people for having a sour taste in their mouths whenever they think or hear about Christianity. We even take it upon ourselves to condemn people to Hell.
Logically, people are led to ask why we, as Christians, condemn homosexuality because, after all, God created and loves everyone.
First, I want to answer the question directly and then talk about what we believe about homosexuality and why.
The answer to the question is very simple:
It’s not our job to condemn anyone.
To take it a step further, consider the words of John 3:
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Jesus wasn’t even sent to condemn the world, so why would we think that’s our job?
People quote the truth of Genesis 2:24 and use it as ammo to attack other people:
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
While, yes, that is what we believe, it is easy for us to lose sight of our goal when interacting with people with different viewpoints, which is to close the gap between God and them…not push it farther away.
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
God wants people to come to a knowledge of truth, period. Us berating people, either online or in person, is not going to accomplish that goal.
It’s only going to further the gap we are fighting to close.
The goal is to fight against sin. Homosexuality is a sin. Lust is a sin. Anger can be a sin. Using your words to tear others down is a sin. Binge eating is a sin. Self-harm is a sin. Pride is a sin.
Our job isn’t to condemn. Our job is to draw others to a personal relationship with Jesus.
Who can you reach out to today and encourage to pursue such a relationship? Who have you condemned, regardless of the sin, that you need to ask for their forgiveness? How can you fight for godly relationships and encourage others to do the same?
One thought on “March 15 – Hard Questions 2.0 – “Why do you condemn homosexuality? I thought God created and loves everyone?””
Very nice job with a subject that many want to only look at while not seeing their own sins.
Like my sins don’t count but yours sure does