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This has weighed heavy on my heart, so I’m putting it out there.  This is my opinion.  I know you have one too.  I would love to hear yours if you can express it without belittling me or others.  I left the comments open so you can give your opinion.

This in light of the North Carolina Ammendment 1 thing (which defined marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman).  Then President Obama came out in favor of gay marriages.  Lots of legislation on this recently.

I have several gay friends.  Some who are planning to travel to states that allow marriages and get one of their own.  I love those friends.  And because I love those friends, seeing them discriminated against makes me sad.

Now, let me make one thing clear: I am a Christian.  I serve Jesus.  I know what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.  I do believe it is a sin.  But here is where my problem comes in.

While I believe those gay friends are sinning (and I would tell them that if we talked about it), I also sin.  A lot.  Every day.  I lie, curse, I have stolen (I’m not proud about it).  I covet my neighbor.  I harbor hate in my heart.  I do LOTS of things that are sins.

Sins make God angry.  They break Jesus’ heart.  I know this.  But while I try to not sin, I fight a sinful nature.

In God’s eyes, a sin is a sin.  There is no hierarchy for sins.  So here lies my issue.  If we legislate and ban one person’s sins, but not another…where do we draw the line?  How do we decide which sins deserve legislation discriminating against those sinners?  Will people who steal not be able to adopt children?  I am sure if your parent is a thief, it isn’t good for the child.  If you lie, should you not be able to marry?  Well what makes those sins “less” than being homosexual.  I choose to lie sometimes just like they choose to be gay (or on the other end of the argument, my sin nature is no different from theirs).

While I do think there are some political issues that are tied to religion (sanctity of life issues, and some others I can’t think of at the moment)….I am not comfortable with this one for some reason.

I can’t pinpoint it.  I wish I could.  All I know if that when Christians show hate to that group of people, we totally block them from the love of God.  My Jesus spent tons of time with sinners.  He did tell us to obey and respect the law, so laws that are passed I will obey.  But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt my heart.

Maybe I am just burdened that my sins are great as well, and I don’t have legislation passed against me.  I am sooo thankful for God’s grace.  I extend His love to my friends (gay, straight, or whatever).  I want them to know that no matter what, they are welcome to come running into the arms of Jesus.  He loves them.  He died for their sins.  Even their homosexuality.  So why all this hate towards someone Jesus loves?

I know that was a mish-mash of my thoughts.  Because in my head and heart they are mashed up.  I guess I need to talk with my pastor to get more Biblical insight.  Because from what I know, I’m not sure Jesus would have voted on some of these Amendments.  I think he would be praying for and loving on those people.  Not belittling them.

Again, I welcome your thoughts and opinions.  Just don’t beat mine up in the process. 🙂


Comments

  1. I love the way you laid out your view. I struggle with the fact that sometimes it seems Christians think our beliefs should be the law. I do not agree with homosexuality as a Christian, but as a Christian we shouldn’t force our beliefs onto others, we should respect others. Because like you said, we all sin. We are displeasing our Lord no matter the sin. And maybe I’m completely off, but I don’t think my Lord wants me to force my beliefs on a nation. He certainly could have, but he did not. Who are we to?

    • Thanks for your comment, Katie! I agree with your points exactly! I would love to be in a Bib studies class right about now to hear the talk…I’m sure folks on campus have some great insight into the situation!

  2. I’ve thought about this issue so much, Brittney, because it really sits uneasily with me too. Here’s what I’ve decided after a lot of prayer, thought, and research: I honestly don’t believe homosexuality is a sin.

    I think the heart of Christianity comes down to what Jesus says (in Matt. 22:37-39) are the two (really three) greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I understand sin as anything that messes up or hurts our love of God, others, and/or ourselves. Based on that understanding of sin, I don’t see how homosexuality is sinful. I don’t understand how homosexuality is the same as, say, alcoholism, blasphemy, or adultery. Those three sins clearly hurt ourselves, other people, and God, but I just can’t think of anything inherently harmful about being gay.

    I would also argue that the biblical passages that people use to condemn homosexuality are taken out of their cultural context and often mis-translated, but I haven’t done enough research in that area to say with confidence that that’s the case.

    That’s my view!

  3. Those are great points, Molly. I do think it all comes down to those great commandments. Thank you for your comment!

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