1 Corinthians 6:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV):
"Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
Paul identifies two kinds of sexual immoral persons here: "adulterers" and "men who have sex with men" (in Romans 1:26 he adds the category of women who practice homosexuality). God, however, does save and sanctify people like those described in the above scripture.
Why is it then that it is so easy to "overlook" some sin and concentrate on the sins of a certain group of people, like homosexuals for example. Let's face it, most of us have struggled with one or more of the above mentioned sins (maybe still do). Why is it easier to receive the thief, the adulterer, and the drunkard but not the homosexual? Do you know Jesus died for him too? Do you know that God loves the homosexual too? If "while we were yet still sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8) how much more should the body of Christ love and forgive homosexuals and point them to Christ?
We as Christians have done a very good job of hating on homosexuals and making it clear that they would not be welcomed in our homes, workplace, community, and our church. Isn't that what the church is for? Has the Christian community become so arrogant in our "good works" that we have lost sight of this? Jesus said, "I did not come for the well, but for the sick". Yet Christians who are supposed to be "Christ-like" say, "I do not come for the sick, but for the well." We have failed....failed miserably. We have hidden from the very world God has called us to be a light to and we have shunned the very people that God wants us to love...the "sick".
The love walk of a Christian has become a crucial battleground. We have confused becoming "haters" of sin with becoming "haters" of people. We will one day have to hold an account to God for turning people away from the church, away from Him instead of pointing people to the church, and to Christ.
There is an ALL OUT WAR for the lives of homosexuals. Will you help push them to hell or will you point them to heaven? If the church is going to be "homophobic", then we must not be hypocritical and we must become "fat-phobic", "lust-phobic", "gossiper-phobic", "pride-phobic", "arrogant-phobic", "adulterer-phobic", "smoker-phobic", and "whatever else-phobic". The result? An empty church. What is it that you struggle with today?
Overall, scripture advocates that human beings are more then just sexual or physical beings. It's about winning souls. God is interested in the wholeness of homosexuals as well as in our wholeness, which encompasses every area of our life. So next time you encounter someone who struggles with homosexuality, just remember, God loves them too.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.