Recently I have heard a lot about the supreme court ruling on Gay Marriage, and while this blog is new I feel that I can not remain silent.
WordPress has put up their gay pride banners. Facebook is offering the option to overlay your profile picture with the gay pride rainbow. And I do not care for these things. I do not agree and I feel that this picture I found on Facebook sums up my opinion quite well and should sum up the opinions of all Christians, though some obviously believe very different. However I think this opinion aligns with the gospel better than other opinions.
I do not support homosexuality or gay marriage. It goes against my beliefs. I believe that God intended sex and marriage to be between one man and one woman, not two people of the same-sex.
I also believe that the Bible tells us this, that Jesus said:
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. – John 13:34-35 NIV
Now there are people out there who will tell me that Jesus was talking to his disciples, telling them to love each other and not “outsiders,” but here’s the thing: Jesus loved everyone!!! The disciples were poor people, fishermen, sinners, and tax collectors. Christ preached to the gentiles as well as Jewish people. Therefore in reality, though this was during the last supper, Jesus was speaking to all of His followers. God knows everything and Jesus, as His son, also knows everything. He knows the plans of God. He knew that this command would make it into the Bible for anyone who is willing to read the Bible to hear. We are to love everyone:
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. – 1 John 5:2-4 NIV
You see, loving each other does not mean that we have to agree with each other, it does not mean that we have to show physical affection, but it does mean that we should follow God’s commands. We do as he told us.
There is something else that Jesus taught us:
At dawn [Jesus] appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say? They were using this question as a trap in order to have a basis for accusing Him.
But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” – John 8:2-11 NIV
Jesus pointed out the sins of every man and woman in that room. They were so willing to stone this woman to death, yet they themselves were marred. WE CAN NOT JUDGE!!! I have sinned. You who are reading this, have sinned, we have all sinned. We have no right to tell people how to live so long as we are not perfect. Judgement belongs to God and God alone. The most we can do is strive to be perfect, but only in our own lives. All that we can do is live God’s commands. Show them the love of Christ. Christ called us to be kind to one another. Lift each other up. That is what he did to people, to sinners, to those who were despised by the world. If we follow what God tells us, what Christ tells us, we are showing love to people. We are loving them in the best way we can, by loving God, we love them, for they are children of God, perhaps defiant children, but still children of God.
It is not our place to judge.
It is not my place to judge.
It is not your place to judge.
I believe in what the Bible says about homosexuality:
[Men] Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does as one does with a woman; that is detestable. – Leviticus 18:22 NIV
Leviticus is the 3rd book in the Old Testament of the Bible. A lot of people like to say that because Christ died for us the Old Testament laws, the laws of Moses, are irrelevant and no longer have a place in society. In that case let me ask this question: Is it alright to commit murder? How about lying? Stealing? No! The answer is: No! and if this does not convince you… It’s mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible too!
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters not adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor the drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV
The Bible directly references male homosexuality and there are those that would say, well this clears the lesbians then… not exactly… God does not judge you based on your gender… sorry… He made sex to be between one man and one woman, not between two men or two women or more of either. For those of you who still say that Jesus death made the laws of Moses irrelevant let me explain something to you.
When Christ died for our sins it was not so that we could sin and still go to Heaven, it was so that we could be forgiven of our sins, which are a part of our human nature thanks to Adam and Eve’s original sin. The death of Christ did not abolish the rules. It did not mean that everything was “legal,” for lack of a better term, in God’s eyes. It meant that we had a way of being forgiven, well and truly. No more sacrifices, no more punishments.
This is not to say that people who commit crimes should not be punished. Thieves and murderers and those that bear false witness in a court of law and those that do any kind of harm to others should not be punished. But for things like homosexuality, that only truly hurt the people committing the act (whether they know it to be hurting them or not) should not be punished, at least not by us, that is God’s place, not ours. There are certain laws and punishments that must be in place for society to maintain order. Banning homosexuality, polygamy, adultery, and other sins that are considered lifestyle choices does nothing in maintaining that order other than make people angry because other people don’t follow their beliefs.
As Christians we have a right to our beliefs. We are commanded to love one another by loving God and obeying Him. That does not mean that we have to partake of these sins. We are a beacon of hope and light. (Even if not everyone realizes it.) As human beings and creations of God they have a right to free will and to choices. By making the right choices we can show them what they are missing out on by sinning. If they don’t want to hear what we are telling them it is their choice… You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink… and they will eventually find that out.
With that last statement I would like to add that I am not condemning those people to Hell or to the wrath of God. I pray sincerely that every sinner could find God and repent. In no way are these people condemned. They have a chance. The jury is out until they face the judgement of God. Until them no sentence has been passed. It’s like when a prosecutor is seeking the death penalty (in this case the eternal death penalty) and the jury has yet to decide if the defendant is guilty. There is a way for them to be declared not guilty. Accepting Christ with a sincere heart, repenting, and changing their way will wash them clean of their sin and they will be judged not guilty. The penalty will not be carried out.
There is no condemnation in my heart.
I am not judging. It is not my place but His.
To those that bully these people because of their sins: Look to your own sin first as I shall look to mine. It’s what God commands.
We can all live together peacefully. We can associate, but not partake. We are missionaries and we must take life calmly and patiently. We can have friends who are sinners and non-believers. We are all sinners and once were all non-believers.
To those who have decided that I hate them and who call me names because I don’t agree with you. This is what you have fought against. You have fought for the right to express your beliefs without being bullied or judged, so please cut down on the hypocrisy (on both sides of this argument) and allow me to express my own beliefs. I’m not calling you names. I’m not mad at you. I don’t hate you. I am still your friend. In fact I love you! You do not have to partake of my faith and my lifestyle, as I do not have to partake of yours. Remember that.