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Aug 07 2012

Should Christians Shun Homosexuals?

There’s been a lot of talk and news reports over the recent controversy with respect to Chick-fil-A’s president public opposition to homosexual marriage. The controversy is not a new one and it won’t be the last time. It is said that Christians are not tolerant towards homosexuals.

I looked up the word tolerance to ensure that we are on the same page.  It is defined as “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.” (Emphasis mine.)

Let’s be clear, Christians will never have a permissive attitude towards sin. By the same token, homosexuals do not and will not have a tolerant attitude towards Christian beliefs. In the Chick-Fil’A’s controversy, it started because it became known that the company donated to organizations that are “anti-gay” – that is, the organizations do not support a homosexual lifestyle. The homosexual community is not holding a “permissive attitude” towards Chick-fil-A’s founding family’s beliefs and their right to donate their money where why wish. In this country, homosexuals have a right to their beliefs and have a right to donate their money to any cause that they wish. By the same token, Christians have that very same right as citizens of the same country that they share with the homosexual community. Homosexuals are not donating money to causes that are against their belief system so it is incredibly hypocritical to expect Christians to donate money to cause that are against our beliefs and values or to not donate to causes that support our values.

Should Christians shun homosexuals?

To understand how we, as Christians, should treat people who are living a homosexual lifestyle, it would be helpful to understand how God views homosexuality with respect to other sins. In other words, should we treat the sin of homosexuality different than we would other sins? To be clear, homosexuality is a sin and those that do not repent will perish in their sins.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Co 6:9-10)

In the above verses, there is no distinction made with respect to the different sins. Idolaters, thieves, greedy persons, drunkards, and homosexuality, etc. are all lumped together equally and those that practice any of those sins will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 tells us that the works of the flesh are evident and lists some of these things such as “fits of anger, idolatry, impurity, sexual immorality, jealousy, envy, etc.” “Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

We need to understand that homosexuality, adulterers, heterosexual sex outside of marriage all fall within the “sexual immorality” category. Homosexuality is one of the many sins that fall within sexual immorality. Without repentance, there is no salvation.

The question that needs to be answered is “how should Christians treat sinners” which those that practice a homosexual lifestyle are.

We can use Jesus’ example from John, Chapter 8. The Pharisees caught a woman in the act of adultery and under the Mosaic Law, it was commanded that she be stoned (Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 20:21-24). The punishment for sexual immorality was death under the law that God gave to the Israelites. The punishment for homosexual acts was also punishable by death (Leviticus 20:13). We can understand how God views the sexually immoral by the punishment He required under the Mosaic Law.

When the Pharisees brought him the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:3), Jesus was quiet for a moment. He bent down and wrote something in the dirt with His finger while the Pharisees continued to badger Him. Finally He stood up and stated “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) The Pharisees could do nothing but leave one by one for none of them was without sin. The adulteress woman was left standing alone with Jesus. He showed her compassion and asked her where were her accusers and if anyone has condemned her. She answered “no one.”

“And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’” (John 8:12)

All of mankind are all guilty of sin and would perish if Jesus did not save us from the penalty of our sin. Jesus came to heal the sick and free us from the bondage of sin (Mark 2:17). Jesus did not reject anyone but instead He spent His time with sinners (Matthew 9:10). He had compassion on sinners and gave His life on the cross for sinners. No one was excluded because of his or her sin.

God uses Christians to spread the Good News (Gospel) to all people (Mark 16:15). We cannot exclude sinners based on their sin. A homosexual is in as much need to hear the Good News as any other person. We cannot shun them for Jesus did not shun a single sinner. He desires that all repent of their sin and NONE should perish.

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)

Christians cannot condone sin; however, Christians should not shun anyone because of their sin. Instead, the world should see Christ through us for we are His ambassadors.

While this controversy obviously makes Christians angry for we are asked to do what the homosexuals refuse to do which is have a “permissive attitude,” there are times when we are come across individuals that are homosexual. It’s difficult to deal with a large group of people whose means of protest is to stand outside and kiss in front of cameras or to hold parades for the purpose proclaiming their sexuality. Yet, each and every one of them are individuals that are bound for eternal destruction unless they repent.

If the scene where Jesus was presented with the adulteress woman was changed and He was presented with a homosexual caught in the act like the woman caught in the act of adultery, no Christian can argue that He would have said “stone him” instead of ““Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone. He would have said “from now on sin no more” just as he said to the woman caught in the sin of adultery.

Across the street from me live two homosexuals who have been kind to me. I have no idea if they also went and kissed on camera as a means of protest. But in my neighborhood, they stay to themselves and I don’t see much of them. They have seen my animals and have shown interest in them and have been very kind to them and have been very polite to me. It is these type of encounters that are not full of anger towards each other than can be used to share the love of God. After all, we are Christ’s ambassadors.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2Co 5:20)

As ambassadors for Christ, we are to represent Him and we do that by sharing the Gospel to all regardless of their sin.

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This post is adapted from an answer written for GotQuestions.org

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  1. doug franck

    I am in complete agreement with the writer. Our Lord would be as compassionate with the homosexual as he was with the adulterous woman. But, he said immediately afterward to the woman “Go and sin no more.” That is the key. I also agree that we are to be His ambassadors and obey the great commission to spread the “good news.” That command is not specific to certain peoples but to all “nations, kindreds and tongues.” Whether those who hear the “news” are convicted by it or not is only His province. We are to spread it to all. Paul said that to the world, the things of God are “foolishness.” Let us pray, that to the homosexual people that we encounter, they find it not foolish but glorious truth.

    1. Tishrei

      Let us pray, that to the homosexual people that we encounter, they find it not foolish but glorious truth.

      Amen!

  2. Ed

    We all have crosses to bear. Some may seem heavier to carry than others, but none of them are heavier than the one Jesus bore and died on to obtain our salvation. (Luke 9:23)

    1. Tishrei

      Yes! He said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30)

  3. Ed

    Amen!

  4. Michael

    Homosexuals have a disease, not one that can be seen or that is obvious like smallpox, it’s a disease of the mind but it is no less contagious. Beware of the homosexual for you never know when he may be about. He may appear normal.

    1. Ed

      Hi Michael,

      Homosexuals have the same disease everyone else has, namely, sin.

      We all have the same disease, but the good news is that we all have
      the same cure, faith in Jesus Christ dying as payment for our sin so
      that we can have eternal life.(John 3:16)

      1. Michael

        Of course Christ died for our sins and we receive the promise of eternal life with him through his sacred blood. But there is a warning He gives to people that give themselves over to a diseased mind. St. Peter described them as spots and blemishes. However, I was originally quoting a 1950′s public service warning by the Inglewood, CA police department and was meant to egg Tishrei on. Sorry for the confusion. Full disclosure: I am a Christ loving Christian. But I do strongly object to the homosexual lifestyle and their sick agenda that is distroying this country. With all that is going on in the world I feel like we are in the last days. The Episcaple Church is dead and most mean stream “Christian” churches and either dead or dying, as they preach what they know to be a lie. Not all churches in the United States but many…too many.

    2. Tishrei

      Hey Michael,

      What a pleasant surprise :)

      Oh but it can be seen. I watched it on TV.

      I don’t have to “beware” of them — a couple live right across the street from me and they’ve even come over to see the animals living in my backyard.

      But I know you’re trying to egg me on, :) LOL

      1. Michael

        Hey Tishrei, it was real nice speaking with you tonight. Yeah lets keep in touch and not let too much time pass. Anyway, it was great catching up. Take care and until next time.

        1. Tishrei

          Me too, I enjoyed catching up with you this evening. I had to laugh when you told me you were quoting a 1950′s public announcement. I certainly did not pick up on that in your comment.

  5. wdavison

    I’ve no wish to upset anyone but I can’t help passing the quite natural observation that – - -

    With almost limitless mutations possible, the evolutionary process can be expected to produce individuals with characteristics of an exceedingly complex gradation – in a myriad of aspects – eg -

    Brilliant to Thick – Jovial to Morose – Benign to Sadistic – Hetero to Homo – ad inf.

    Religions provide a very accessible dump for the perceived guilt generated by the various indiscretions to which all of HUMANITY must in some way be victim. The evolution of LIFE just CANNOT be fault-free. We ALL learn as we LIVE. Foregiveness from on HIGH is a concept that is plainly LUDICROUS in the extreme! Do not kid yourself – No one is or ever will be – IMMACULATE.

    Those gifted with conscience & a degree of normality just have to bear with the ill-starred & scallywags that abound. Amongst the latter are those who ‘believe’ & preach that a silent & invisible ESSENCE is keeping an eye on all of Mankind’s actions. Just how silly can one get?

    Also, the CREATOR of this wonderful UNIVERSE has to be a bloodthirsty beggar when all of the various NATURAL & Man-made catastrophies are considered. We must admit it – We know precious little about thiis CREATION that we inhabit. One could go on, exposing the anomalies we constantly observe!

    1. Ed

      Hello wdavison!

      I once believed that everything happens randomly, but I have found our Creator to be completely just and trustworthy. According to the Bible, there are no “anomalies”, just some things that we are unable to comprehend with our finite minds.

      Prov 3:5-6 — ​​​​​​​​Trust in the LORD with all your heart, ​​​​​​​and do not lean on your own understanding. ​​​
      ​​​​​​​​In all your ways acknowledge him, ​​​​​​​and he will make straight your paths. ​​​

  6. Marcelo Vignali

    Your words and Christian deeds echo the light, love and compassion our merciful and just Lord expects from us. Well done.

    You’re in my prayers!

    1. Ed

      I am a co-blogger on Fruit of The Word, and I thank you for visiting and for your prayers!

  7. wdavison

    Ed -

    How can you comprehend the thought that millions of people over the globe are suffering untold miseries due to both Natural & Man-made occurences & yet still ‘believe’ that a just & merciful GOD is looking after our individual interests. The mind boggles!

    You really should try to extricate yourself from the childlike belief you have inherited from your forebears. You must use logical thought to live your daily life. Why do you discard it to worship some unknowable Essence!

    ALL GODS are Man-made. Religions ditto. The mind is very prone to illusions! You won’t be disappointed when you eventually depart this life – - – We all end up in OBLIVION – the state from which we came!

    No frolicking with the angels in HEAVEN or shovelling the coals of HELL!

    Don’t forget to send me a G-mail when you reach your Heavenly destination.

    1. Tishrei

      I know you are addressing your coment to Ed. I’m just wondering how you expect to have a conversation with someone when your comments are riddled with insults. I purposefully have not replied to your comments on this blog simply because your method of engaging in discussions is to insult. Even as the blog owner, I have allowed your comments to remain on this blog but I’m not sure what you’re hoping to accomlish.

      So I am now asking you to be polite and keep your snide and insulting remarks to yourself. If you want to have discussions with either with Ed or me, that would be great. But if the only reason you show up here is to leave your ugly insults, then perhaps it’s best you find another place to leave your insults. Or start your own blog and you can insult anyone to your heart’s content.

  8. wdavison

    Tishrei –

    If you regard my common sense comments as insults. the base you are standing on is very wobbly.

    Everything I’ve said in these postings are nothing but FACT & having read most of your blog, I remain incredulous that anyone nowadays can believe & talk so asssuredly as if they KNOW the mind of a GOD.

    You MUST know that ALL GODS are Man-made. The Human mind is capable of giving LIFE to any mirage. Please tell me why you give credence & praise to a Creator responsible for all of the monstrosities we witness daily. The workings of Nature show a pitiless indifference to any individual, of whatever life-form, & that.certainly applies to Humanity also.

    I am a very polite person. I detest sanctimonious hypocrisy.

    High time we all got down to Earth. COMMON SENSE should be our forte.

    1. Matt

      The reality is that the Creator commanded us to rule and reign in the Garden of Eden. That same principle applies today. God expects us to engage with Him on our reigning endevours. Don’t blame God because He made it clear from the start that how we reign and rule will be justly judged at the end. Be responsible and allow the just Father into your day so that you can change the state of the nations.

  9. wdavison

    Matt – Reality? – Reign in the Garden of Eden? What utter Tosh!

    At the age of 92 years, I’ve been entirely sensible for all of that time, acting as fairly towards others as is possible. Are you able to contact that ‘Being’ you call God? Could you put me in touch with Him? You write as though know His Mind!

    He’s never made HImself viable as far as I am concerned.

    You need to wake up sir & realise that you live as Nature decrees, Nature, red in tooth & claw is pitilessly indifferent to an individual’s quality of life. That applies to life in ALL of it’s forms.

    We live, utilising facts that life’s experience provides. The use of common sense – the basis of science – is much more potent than ANY silly belief in fictitious Gods could ever be!

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