I recently saw an article about two heterosexual men getting married in New Zealand as a part of a contest to win a trip to what amounts to the Super Bowl of Rugby. Gay marriage is legal in New Zealand, but this particular union has officials in the gay and lesbian agenda furious (you can read the article here). Imagine that, the gay agenda is upset because they feel someone is defiling their beliefs about marriage. This has been the issue with people of faith and the defense of biblical, traditional marriage for years now. Marriage matters; there is something sacred about this union between one man and one woman and the effect it has on society. As I explored this train of thought via social media, the question arose: Why do Christians hate gays so much? The answer is, we don’t!
Truly redeemed people don’t hate sinners of any make or model. We long for all people, regardless of background, to come to understand their need for a Savior, as we have, and to be redeemed. There is a very important reason, however, why the homosexual agenda gets so much attention from the Christian church.
There a great number of various sins named in scripture. “Sexual immorality” encompasses a number of sins from lust, to adultery, to incest, and–namely–homosexuality. Please actually read Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:24-27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The Bible, God’s word, says that homosexual relations are detestable to God. This isn’t available for debate. It is an abomination of God’s intent and everything it stands for, which runs far deeper than mere physical pleasure. And this could be said, generally, of all our sin. Yet people addicted to pornography typically hide their addiction. Those in adulterous affairs sneak around and hope not to be discovered. Drug addicts and alcoholics try to appear as normal and functional as possible until they are completely owned by their addiction. Liars and thieves hope never to be discovered. As the scripture says, “men love darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). Not so with homosexuality.
Men love darkness and hate light because we want to keep our sin secret. The homosexual agenda is the only group who puts their sin on parade. This one sin is celebrated, encouraged, and taught in schools. It is the only sin that has millions, if not billions, of dollars spent trying to legislate it and enforce its approval on all citizens. It is not, at all, that Christians hate gays. It’s just that the “squeaky wheel gets the oil.” This particular sin is crusaded in our culture as good, and we acknowledge and teach that it is not. It is indicative of brokenness and bears heavy consequences scientifically, medically, historically, and socially as well as spiritually.
The wise disciple of Christ will use this as an opportunity to address the issue of sin of all kinds. It is a ready example to contrast the sinfulness of human nature with the holiness of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ in the hope that God will gift conviction to many and see them redeemed. Clearly there are those who are truly “slaves to sin” (Romans 6:15-18). They are under the impression that they are free to choose how they want to live and that they are exercising their freedom. They are proud of their bondage. But, because the Light has exposed our own sin, opened our eyes, and set us free, we know different and we would be betraying our faith, and the love of God in Jesus Christ if we did not try to teach, correct, and warn of the power and tragedy of sin.
My prayer is that God will continue to refine me, his church, and that His Spirit will continue to reach into the dark places of our world and rescue those hiding and bearing the weight of their sin. I pray he will make his church bold to speak the truth in love to all people, declaring the good news that calls us all out of darkness and into His glorious light…into true freedom.