“Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,
Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthains 6:9-10 AMP
Recently a new topic has exploded on the internet as a result of Gay Marriage being legalized in the USA. Due to this, and some other things occurring on DA, I have felt that I have to share our group’s view on this topic. Our view is this: It is not God’s will for anyone to be a homosexual.
Now, before you agree with me, or ready your fingers to ready your counter argument, please read the rest of this journal. Although I do believe that homosexuality is not God’s will, I do believe that most Christians have handled this topic in completely the wrong way. Let me explain:
The Problem at Hand
Most people who are homosexual believe that they were born that way. They believe that their sexual orientation was never a choice of their own, and they suffer many challenges with their family and friends because of this orientation. You see, I am not gay, but I can imagine that life must have a lot of terrible challenges if you are – especially if you live in a family or society that frowns upon it. Now the problem: They might not only have problems with their family or friends – the Church also throws in a couple of punches. Some Christians talk about gay people as if they are some type of disease. They slander them, stating how disgusting they are, and off course, how they will burn in hell for their choice of being gay. This is the message that some Christians have sent to the homosexual community (some of these messages even being in the news).
The Church’s View
Now, on the other hand, we have the Church’s view: The Bible clearly states that it is a sin to act as a homosexual (as per the above mentioned verse). I believe this view, because the Bible is clear on it. This is why the church also believes it. Most Christians have a good heart towards the homosexual community, but some just go about it all wrong. I believe that God’s heart is tender towards a person struggling with homosexuality. I don’t believe that they are suffering from some type of disease, or that there is something wrong with them on a human level. I believe that they are just normal human beings, struggling with a very deep rooted problem. And, just like any other sin, God will deal with them personally on how to overcome it. He will tell them in their hearts why it’s wrong; He will tell them in their hearts what the root of it is; He will tell them in their hearts what steps to take to overcome and conquer it – after they have given their lives to Him. I don’t believe that this sin is any different from any other sin, in that only God is qualified to handle the intricacies of it in a person’s heart – only He has the love, tact, wisdom and kindness to deal with something so deep and personal.
The Church’s job is to “go out and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19) and that is exactly what we should do. Instead of being so openly against the homosexual community, we should encourage them to give their lives to God – to join us. We shouldn’t lie to them and tell them that being a homosexual is ok, but we must tell them that Jesus loved them so much that He died for them. That Jesus didn’t forget them when He went to the cross – that He knows them better than they know themselves and that He is full of mercy and compassion. He will never reject them, never leave them, never forsake them. He is for them, and not against them. He is their Saviour … just like He is ours.
You see, I think we should leave the purification process to God. If we spend a lot of time with God, He starts dealing with our hearts. I believe that we should encourage the homosexual community to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and then to encourage them to spend time with God and to spend time reading the Bible (and going to church). No one is a better healer than God. We should encourage them to let God do the healing in their hearts. This is truly what I believe.